Manatee County lottery-style vaccine standby pool for seniors

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.

To register, visit Phone registration hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Inside Manatee County, call 311. Outside Manatee County, call 941-748-4501.

More information is available at  

What you need to take to your appointment:

  • 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. 

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. 

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

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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