Manatee County COVID-19 vaccine distribution

In an executive order, Governor Ron DeSantis said the first phase of vaccine administration will prioritize long-term care facility residents and staff, persons 65 years of age and older, and health care personnel with direct patient contact.

The Florida Department of HealthManatee County will offer COVID-19 vaccinations for the following people:

  • Seniors in the general public

Manatee County is setting up a vaccination standby pool so seniors and others eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine can be notified when their first dose is ready to be administered.

Seniors ages 65 and older can register for the waiting list beginning January 7 at 10 p.m. by visiting  

Seniors may also book an appointment by calling 311 weekdays from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., beginning January 8. 

Regardless of how seniors sign up, there is no deadline to join the pool. 

Manatee County will not collect financial information, Social Security numbers or other sensitive personal information. The vaccines being administered by the Department of Health are free to the public. 

Over time, the list of names in the standby pool will grow. Whenever a new shipment of vaccines arrives, the same number of names will be pulled through randomized selection. 311 reps will use those names to call pre-registered seniors and help them book an appointment. 

What you need to take to your appointment:

On the day of the appointment, seniors will take to their appointment the following:

  • An email receipt or unique number they receive from the 311 Call Center;
  • A Department of Health consent form available at (311 callers can assist with the form for those without internet access); 
  • A valid ID showing age 65 or older. 

The vaccine distribution site -- Tom Bennett Park, 280 Kay Road, Bradenton -- is drive-thru only. Please follow prompts on-site and do not exit your vehicle unless asked to do so by staff.

Vaccines will not be distributed to anyone without an appointment.

LINK: COVID-19 vaccine distribution information in Tampa Bay area counties

COVID-19 Vaccines in Florida:

On December 23, Governor Ron DeSantis announced Executive Order 20-315, which states: During this first phase of vaccine administration, all providers administering any COVID-19 vaccine shall only vaccinate the following populations:

  • Long-term care facility residents and staff;
  • persons 65 years of age and older;
  • and health care personnel with direct patient contact.

Hospitals, however, also may vaccinate persons who they deem to be extremely vulnerable to COVID-19.

Governor DeSantis also announced that in addition to hospitals, county health departments will begin vaccinating individuals 65 and older in the coming weeks as supply permits. Each county health department will work directly with their community partners to notify the community when vaccine doses are available and will provide information about what will be needed to register for vaccination.

Florida has launched a COVID-19 Vaccine Report that will be updated daily at This report includes a breakdown of who has received the vaccine by age, race, sex and county.

If you feel sick:

The Florida Department of Health has opened a COVID-19 Call Center at 1-866-779-6121. Agents will answer questions around the clock. Questions may also be emailed to Email responses will be sent during call center hours.

LINK: Florida's COVID-19 website

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