LSSC Sumter Center hosting state supported COVID-19 vaccination site Hundreds of cars line up at the LSSC Sumter Center in Sumterville on March 10 to receive a COVID-19 vaccination at a state-supported site

Vaccine Pod at Sumter Center Offering 1,000 Johnson & Johnson Vaccines Daily by appointment

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis was at Lake-Sumter State College’s Sumter Center to announce Florida’s first vaccine pod offering the new Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis speaks at a podium with cars lined up for vaccinations behind him and news cameras facing him
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis speaks at a press conference on March 10, 2021 from the Lake-Sumter State College Sumter Center in Sumterville.

DeSantis said that Sumter County is one of the Florida counties with the highest percentage of seniors in its population.

“They [Sumter County] have the highest percentage of seniors, of any county in the state of Florida — 58% of all the residents of Sumter are 65 or older,” DeSantis said.

DeSantis announced that the state would cross the 3 million vaccinated seniors this week. “We’ve got almost 60% of seniors have gotten shots in Florida,” he said.

The state-supported vaccination site on LSSC’s Sumter Center will offer 1,000 vaccinations each day through Friday, March 12.

Located near the center of Sumter County, LSSC’s Sumter Center provides a central location for seniors across the county to receive a vaccination.

During February, Global Medical Response was operating a vaccination site at the LSSC Sumter Center offering over 1,000 vaccinations per day.

COVID-19 Vaccinations are currently available to the following populations in Florida:

  • Individuals 65 years of age and older
  • Long-term care facility residents and staff
  • Healthcare personnel with direct patient contact
  • Individuals deemed extremely vulnerable to COVID-19
  • K-12 school employees 50 years of age and older
  • Sworn law enforcement officers 50 years of age and older
  • Firefighters 50 years of age and older

Gov. DeSantis previously announced that the state would expand availability to individuals 60 years of age and older on Monday, March 15.