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03/17/2021 Covid-19 Vaccine Availability

March 17, 2021

The Sumter County Health Department Announces Update on Covid-19 Vaccine Availability 


Media Contact:
Lauren McCurdy

Bushnell, FLA - The purpose of this press release is to provide an update on local COVID-19 vaccination activities. 

The Sumter County Health Department is receiving 20,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine this week: 10,000 first doses and 10,000 second doses. We are also excited to share that the number of partner organizations that will provide vaccinations are increasing throughout the county.

Over the past three weeks (from February 26th through March 16th), the Sumter County Health Department vaccinated 2,470 people at the Wildwood Community Center – 1,722 first doses and 748 second doses.

We are also continuing to supply vaccines to Global Medical Response (GMR), the contracted medical provider assigned by the State of Florida for mass vaccination in Sumter County.

As a reminder, GMR moved to St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church, which is closer to our population centers in The Villages and Wildwood. In addition to the closer location, this new location will support an expansion of vaccination throughput, which is helpful as we anticipate that the number of vaccines that we receive may rapidly expand. The Sumter County Health Department extends our thanks to St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church for the use of their facilities to support mass vaccination activities.

The Sumter County Health Department will use the EventBrite sign-up for vaccination appointments on Friday, March 19th and Monday, March 22nd. We will offer 720 first-dose vaccination opportunities over these two days.

Sign up will begin at 3:00 PM on Wednesday, March 17th (today) at this link:

Please note that if you signed up for vaccination through the state pre-registration system (either by calling 866-201-7196 or online at, you will be contacted to re-confirm your interest in vaccination by phone. The phone call you receive to re-confirm your appointment will come from the main office phone number at 352-569-3102. The Sumter County Health Department will continue to make appointments from this pre-registration list.

Please note that persons who have a prior medical history of severe reactions to any injected medication in the past may be re-scheduled to receive vaccination in a more controlled environment where they can be more closely monitored.  Those with a history of bee string allergy, allergies of medication by mouth etc., will generally be cleared to receive vaccination by us at our mass vaccination site.  These changes are made in an abundance of caution. The Moderna vaccine is extremely safe to receive and side effects, if any, are generally mild.  

Please plan to receive your second dose from the same vendor who provided your first dose, as your second dose is planned for in this manner.

My office may be reached at 352-569-3102 if you have specific questions regarding vaccination activities in Sumter County. 



Sanford Zelnick D.O., M.S.


Sumter County Health Department


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