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COVID Update

COVID Update

Florida Department of Health guidance remains – the vaccine is the most effective way to protect yourself from COVID-19. The COVID-19 vaccines continue to be vital to ending the pandemic, including combating the recent case increases locally, nationally, and globally.

Vaccine benefits include:

  • Significantly reduces the risk of contracting the virus even if you are exposed
  • Teaching your body how to fight the virus
  • Reducing the risk of severe symptoms, hospitalization, and death if you contract the virus
  • Minimizing the ability for the virus to spread, especially to our most vulnerable populations
  • Fighting against emerging variants that can cause worse symptoms and spread

DOH Sarasota offers Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson and Johnson vaccines from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday thru Friday at our 2200 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota and 6950 Outreach Way, North Port locations. Additionally, COVID-19 vaccines are available at multiple community outlets. To find the location nearest you, please visit vaccines.gov.

Booster/Third dose: Currently, CDC recommends that people who are moderate to severely immunocompromised receive an additional dose of COVID-19 Vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) at least 28 days after completion of the initial COVID-19 vaccine series.

Eligible immunocompromised patients are those who have:

  • Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
  • Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Received a stem cell transplant within the last two years or are taking medication to suppress the immune system
  • Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
  • Advanced or untreated HIV infection
  • Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response

Boosters are not recommended for people who've received the J&J COVID-19 vaccine at this time. Although health officials expect that recipients of the one-dose J&J vaccine will also require an additional dose, they are waiting for J&J's two-dose clinical trial results, expected later this month. The third shot can be administered 28 days after an individual has received both doses of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines only. While your vaccination card is not required, DOH-Sarasota must be able to validate the first two doses you previously received. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does not recommend additional doses for any other individuals currently. However, immunocompromised patients are strongly encouraged to consult their physicians before receiving the additional dose.

For more information about additional doses, click here.
The third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is now available at the Department of Health – Sarasota (DOH) 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, for those who are moderate to severely immunocompromised. No appointment is needed.

COVID-19 Testing: All four sites will test anyone regardless of symptoms. Testing is free.

Former Sarasota Kennel Club, 5400 Old Bradenton Rd, Sarasota. This drive-through site is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., offering rapid and PCR COVID-19 testing. Nomi Health operates this site.

Robert L. Taylor Community Complex parking lot, 1845 34th Street, Sarasota. This walk-up site is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. PCR and Rapid COVID-19 testing is available throughout the day. Lab Services operate this site.

Dallas White Park, 5900 Greenwood Ave, North Port. This walk-up site is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. PCR and Rapid COVID-19 testing is available throughout the day. Lab Services operate this site.

Ed Smith Stadium parking lot, 2700 12th Street, Sarasota. This drive-through COVID-19 testing site will offer PCR testing only and will operate seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Real Diagnostics, and CDR Maguire operate this site.

Other ways to get tested: CVS, Walgreens, America's Pharmacy, Ellenton Urgent Care, and Sarasota Memorial Urgent Care Centers

Monoclonal Antibody Therapy for COVID-19
Monoclonal antibody treatments can prevent severe illness, hospitalization, and death in high-risk patients who have contracted or been exposed to COVID-19. These treatments are widely available in Florida.

Treatment is free, and vaccination status does not matter. If you are 12 years and older and are at high risk for severe illness due to COVID-19, you are eligible for this treatment.

To Find State-Supported MAB Locations in Florida, click here
To Make an Appointment at a State of Florida site, click here
To Find Other Monoclonal Antibody sites, click here
Please continue to monitor sarasota.floridahealth.gov/ or scgov.net for updates and additional information.


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County officials continue to monitor the status of COVID-19 and follow the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Florida Department of Health.

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