Community vaccination event at stadium this Friday for those 65+

The Florida Department of Health in Alachua County, using its own vaccine supplies and with the support of UF Health, will launch the county’s largest coronavirus vaccination effort yet at the Ben Hill Griffin Stadium’s Touchdown Terrace on Friday morning, on the north end zone-side of the venue. By the end of the day, 1,000 Alachua County residents ages 65 and over are expected to be vaccinated.

Unlike in the case of the football team, no walk-ons will be allowed — the free vaccinations are by appointment only for Alachua County residents who have already signed up through the health department. Those who have not signed up may register with the health department for future vaccination clinics at various sites around the county.

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Pictured above left: Vera Montgomery was one of several hundred people who received a COVID-19 vaccination at the Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church in Gainesville last Friday. Like this Friday’s event, last week’s event was a collaboration between UF Health and the state Department of Health in Alachua County. (Photo by Jesse Jones)