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Manatee County hosts first-come first-served drive thru vaccine event today

Manatee County's Tom Bennett Park hosts first-come, first-served drive thru vaccination event today, 8 a.m. to noon

Manatee County's Tom Bennett Park hosts first-come, first-served drive thru vaccination event today (4/21/21), 8 a.m. to Noon

Drive thru vaccination available for anyone 18 and older 

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (April 21, 2021) – Manatee County’s first-come, first-served vaccine drive-thru opportunity begins today from 8 a.m. to noon at Tom Bennett Park. Patients who receive their first dose at this event, will receive their second dose at Tom Bennett Park on Wednesday, May 19. 

Manatee County’s Public Safety Center vaccine site is continuing to administer second doses, but will close once all second doses are completed on Friday, April 30. Manatee County’s Tom Bennett Park vaccine site will remain as the primary first dose location for those scheduled to receive a vaccine. As more and more opportunities arise to receive the vaccine, Manatee County will continue to monitor demand for the Tom Bennett Park vaccine site to determine if and when the site will continue as a vaccination spot later this month. 

"We had extremely low numbers and wait times in our standby pool for people who registered and wanted to make an appointment for a vaccine, so today's drive thru vaccine event is a way for us to see whether this format works better for our residents," said Public Safety Director Jake Saur. "We'll host additional drive thru events if there's a good response from the community." 

More than 160,000 Manatee County residents have received at least a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccination. Of that total nearly 134,000 have been vaccinated at Manatee County vaccination sites. 

For more information on Manatee County Government, visit or call (941) 748-4501. You can also follow on Facebook at and on Twitter @ManateeGov.

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