Ministry of Health opens site for COVID-19 booster injections

OCALA, Florida– The Marion County Department of Health is making an appointment to give third Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 injections to immunocompromised residents of Marion County.

Meetings will be scheduled for the next four Saturdays starting Saturday August 28 at Liberty Middle School, 4773 SW 95th St., Ocala. Meetings will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The department will make Pfizer and Moderna recalls; there is currently no booster available for people who have received the Johnson and Johnson vaccine.

You can make an appointment online at

Department partners with Marion County Public Schools to provide injections to immunocompromised residents of Marion County

“We are grateful for our partnership with Marion County Public Schools,” said Marion County Department of Health Administrator Mark Lander. “We have worked closely with our schools to help protect students and staff, and we are pleased to have the school district’s assistance in getting the booster immunized to our vulnerable residents.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that people who are moderately to severely immunocompromised receive an additional dose. This includes people who have:

  • You have received active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
  • Has received an organ transplant and is taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • You have had a stem cell transplant within the past 2 years or are taking medicines to suppress the immune system
  • Moderate or severe primary immune deficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
  • Advanced or untreated HIV infection
  • Active treatment with high dose corticosteroids or other medicines that may suppress your immune response

People who are immunocompromised can talk to their healthcare provider about whether an extra dose is right for them. Individuals can self-certify that they are immunocompromised and receive the extra dose wherever vaccines are available. This will ensure that there are no additional barriers to access for this vulnerable population receiving a necessary additional dose. Learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine booster at

Tests and vaccinations available

Free COVID-19 drive-thru testing is available weekly at the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion (2232 NE Jacksonville Road, Ocala) and the Florida Agriculture Center and Horse Park (11008 South Highway 475). You can receive the first and second Pfizer COVID-19 snapshots on weekdays at the Ocala Facilities Health Department, 1801 SE 32nd Ave. For more details on testing and vaccination options, visit

For more information, call the Marion County Department of Health at 352-644-2590.

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