Many COVID-19 vaccination sites across the state have already closed, forcing people to find other locations, like Publix or their doctor’s office to get vaccinated.
What do you want to know
- The Citrus County Health Department said that despite the lack of federal funding to keep vaccination sites open, it is important for them to provide the vaccine.
- The health department only offers the vaccine on Fridays as a free walk-in option
- Citrus County is only seeing 50 cases per 100,000 people and its positivity rate is below 5%
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Now that the CDC recommends everyone get at least one booster dose, the wait time to get them has increased.
The Citrus County Health Department said that despite the lack of federal funding to keep vaccination sites open, it is important for them to continue providing the vaccine to their residents.
Health Department Administrator Tito Rubio said, “The county health department and the health department have always done vaccinations. This is one of our main public health functions, so we continue to operate and administer vaccines. This includes COVID-19 vaccines.
Allie Long is a registered nurse in the county. She’s been doing this for a year and a half.
She said: “We have a large elderly population, so a lot of them are coming in for their second booster or their fourth shot.”
She graduated from the University of South Florida at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I got into nursing because I really enjoy one-on-one interactions with people and felt like I could make a big difference in people’s lives,” she said.
We caught up with Jayne and Richard Stasik who visited the clinic on Friday. They said they moved to Citrus County nearly 20 years ago.
“We moved here from Wisconsin,” Jayne said. “Richard is an avid golfer, so it works pretty well.”
Today they traded the golf course for their first abseil shot.
“Any side effects with this one?” Jayne asked.
“Have you had any side effects with these others?” Ally replied
“A bit of a headache but that was about it,” she said.
“Head ache? OK. So it’s possible again,” Allie replied.
The health department only offers the vaccine on Fridays as a free walk-in option. Allie is one of the few nurses to help
“We are very busy,” she said. “As soon as we open, we usually have a few people already waiting to come in. That went down before this recall was announced.”
These days, she prepares at least 50 doses in the four-hour time frame they work on Fridays.
“Which was a high number for us,” Ally said.
She said they will always be there to serve the community for as long as they need.
Citrus County is only seeing 50 cases per 100,000 population and its positivity rate is less than 5%.