Vaccination site in The Villages moved to Sumterville

Flooding closed The Villages vaccine site

SUMTER COUNTY, Fla. – The vaccination site that was located on Wedgewood Lane in The Villages has moved to Lake-Sumter State College.

The change happened this week after rain flooded the original site over the weekend.

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Debbie Grosh and her husband drove to Wedgewood Lane on Thursday then found out through an email about the new location.

“Well they sent us an email and gave us Wedgewood Lane, we went there this morning, and we went a half hour early just in case and you can see the field was all muddy and everything, you couldn’t really do it there,” Grosh said.

Lake-Sumter State College, located on 1423 CR 526A, is 16 miles away from Wedgewood Lane which may not be convenient for some seniors.

“We understand the inconvenience to the folks in The Villages, but it’s actually for area residents so some may be inconvenient, and some may say hey this is better for me now,” Terence Ramotar with Global Medical Response said.

Ramotar explained no appointments were impacted during the sudden move and that they continue to hand out 1,200 doses of the Moderna vaccine a day.

“Global Medical Response is now vaccinating at Lake Sumter College, Sumterville Campus. Those residents who have appointments there have been emailed with the new site. This is a mobile vaccination site we are prepared to move when necessary. Appointment times will not be interrupted; however, the location may change over the coming months from time-to-time,” Global Medical Response said in a statement to News 6.

Last month, health officials were forced to shut down the site due to lack of supply which left hundreds of seniors with appointments on hold.

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Ezzy Castro is a multimedia journalist on News 6's morning team who has a passion for telling the stories of the people in the Central Florida community. Ezzy worked at WFOR CBS4 in South Florida and KBMT in Beaumont, Texas, where she covered Hurricane Harvey in 2017. Being from Miami, Ezzy loves Cuban coffee and croquetas!