LAKE COUNTY, Fla. – The Lake Square Mall and an Amazon Distribution warehouse parking lot will host Lake County Department of Health’s newest coronavirus vaccine sites, the agency announced Tuesday.
The new mall site will be operated by the DOH in partnership with Lake County Emergency Management and will offer shots to frontline health care workers and Florida residents 65 years and older.
To make an appointment, eligible individuals can call 866-201-6909 or 833-476-1031 for those with hearing impairments. The Lake County Board of County Commissioners said Tuesday the county is now participating in the state-run vaccine appointment system, using that number.
Appointments begin at the new site inside the old Sears department store at 8 a.m. Wednesday. For the first week only, first doses will be offered at the walk-in site.
“We want to remind the public that our immunization plan is long-term,” the DOH said in a news release. “Persons who are unable to receive a vaccine during this first phase will have an opportunity as we continue and expand our efforts.”
People must be able to show Florida residency through identification or by bringing two other items, including housing documents or a bill, showing you live in Florida for more than 30 days out of the year.
On Tuesday, the Florida Department of Health in Lake County began administering second doses of the Moderna vaccine at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Mount Dora. That site is not offering first doses but only the booster for people who received their first Moderna shot at a Lake County vaccine site.
Later in the day, the county DOH announced second doses would be administered for those needing their Pfizer booster shot at an Amazon Distribution Site in Groveland. The site will also offer first doses in the mornings but afternoon spots will be reserved for those needing the booster.
“Drive and park for a vaccination, afternoon space are for second doses only,” according to a news release.
Once the parking lot reaches capacity the line will close to new traffic.
The Groveland site opens at 8 a.m. Wednesday at 7453 Republic Drive.
People who previously had their first shot in Lake County, both Pfizer and Moderna, will be contacted by the department for an appointment for their second shot.
According to the DOH vaccine report, Lake County has administered more than 32,000 first doses of the vaccine as of Monday. More than 2,300 people in the county have completed their inoculation with the booster, according to the report.
The best way to find vaccine information in Lake County is online at lake.floridahealth.gov or the DOH-Lake COVID-19 Hotline at 352-268-9299.