On Thursday, Jan. 21, the state reported 13,435 new cases and Sarasota reported 334.
Florida is now requiring proof of residency for those receiving the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. Individuals must present either a valid Florida drivers license or ID, or a copy of two documents that show a residential address. For more information, click here.
Sarasota County's new vaccine appointment system went live on Wednesday, Jan. 20. The new system allows residents to pre-register for an account online or by phone. More than 50,000 people registered in the system within an hour of opening. 3,300 vaccinations will be made Thursday and Friday of this week.
On Tuesday, Jan. 19, Manatee County received 3,000 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine. The state reported 11,615 new cases and Sarasota reported 132.
The Manatee County Department of Health will begin calling residents registered in the county's standby pool. Residents will be randomly selected to set up an appointment to receive the vaccine on Thursday, Jan. 21 and Friday, Jan. 22 at Bennett Park, 280 Kay Rd., Bradenton. Six hundred of the doses will go to health care workers and the remaining 2,400 will go to residents 65 and older.
On Sunday, Jan. 17, the state reported 7,884 new cases and Sarasota reported 93.
Sarasota County has announced its new appointment system will be released Wednesday, Jan. 20. The system will allow residents 65 and older to call or use a mobile app or computer to register for a spot to receive a vaccination when doses are available. Unlike Manatee County's standby pool, this system will operate on a first-come, first-serve basis.
In Sarasota, 24,990 have been vaccinated, with 723 receiving both doses. In Manatee, 16,421 have been vaccinated, with 464 receiving both doses.
On Wednesday, Jan. 13, the state reported 13,660 new cases and Sarasota reported 117.
More than 33,000 people in Sarasota and Manatee County have received the Covid-19 vaccine. Both counties have surpassed 1,000 combined deaths due to Covid-19 since the pandemic began last year.
On Monday, Jan. 11, the state reported 14,602 new cases and Sarasota reported 265.
Sarasota County schools have reported 322 new Covid-19 cases among students and staff since the return from winter break. Prior to break, 608 total cases were reported, and now there are 930, with 255 students and 67 staff members testing positive in one week. Manatee County schools have yet to see a spike, with only 20 new cases reported on Monday, Jan. 11. However, the school system is bracing for potential increase.
On Sunday, Jan. 10, the state reported 12,307 new cases and Sarasota reported 180.
More than 50 percent of total vaccinations administered in the state have been for individuals 65 and older. Last week, more than 223,000 Florida seniors were vaccinated, and the vaccination rate continues to increase.
Sarasota and Manatee County each received 1,000 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine on Monday, Jan. 11. More vaccination dates and locations will be announced later this week. So far, approximately 10,000 have been vaccinated in Manatee and 15,000 in Sarasota. 85,400 people have also entered Manatee County's standby pool.
On Thursday, Jan. 7, the state reported 19,904 new cases and Sarasota reported 245.
Manatee County launched its vaccine lottery website. To enter, register online or call Manatee County's call center number, 311. Once registered in the standby pool, randomized groups of people will be selected for appointment dates and times. The website was created to manage the influx of vaccine registrations.
On Wednesday, Jan. 6, the state reported 17,342 new cases and Sarasota reported 295.
Sarasota Memorial Hospital will host a vaccination event on Saturday, Jan. 9 and Sunday, Jan. 10, vaccinating 3,000 people age 65 and older with the hospital's supply of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine. Appointment registration begins on Wednesday, Jan. 6 at 3:30 p.m. Click here to register.
On Tuesday, Jan. 5, the state reported 15,193 new cases and Sarasota reported 399.
Governor Ron DeSantis announced that Publix supermarkets will be offering the Covid-19 vaccine across 22 locations in Ocala, Citrus, Hernando and Marion counties. Vaccinations will begin on Friday, Jan. 8 and are by appointment only.
On Monday, Jan. 4, the state reported 11,201 new cases and Sarasota reported 333.
More than 6,000 people in Sarasota County have received the Covid-19 vaccine, and more than 4,000 have received it in Manatee County. On Monday, 1,600 Covid-19 vaccination appointments were booked in Sarasota County by the Florida Department of Health, and within 15 minutes, 800 slots per day were filled. On Wednesday, Jan. 6, and Thursday, Jan. 7, 1,200 vaccines will be distributed in Bradenton at Bennett Park to those who have booked an appointment.
These numbers do not include vaccinations that have occurred in long-term care facilities and hospitals. Those eligible for vaccination in both counties are long-term care facility patients and staff, those 65 years of age or older and frontline health care workers.
If you're able to make an appointment, fill out the Covid-19 Vaccine Screening and Consent Form found on each department's website, and bring it to the appointment with a registration ticket and valid ID. You must remain within your county to receive a second round of the shot 28 days after your first appointment.
New vaccination opportunities and dates will be announced when the counties receive more vaccines.
Vaccinations in Sarasota County are taking place at the William L. Little Health and Human Services building, 2200 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota.
Vaccinations in Manatee County are taking place at Bennett Park, 280 Kay Road, Bradenton. This location is drive-through only.