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Frequently Asked Questions (COVID-19 Vaccine)

Florida Department of Health in Marion County


Who is eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in Florida?

Persons 18 years of age and older. Persons who are 16 or 17 years old are eligible for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

Do I need to live in Florida full-time to get my vaccine here?

Both full-time and seasonal residents are eligible to get their COVID-19 vaccines in Florida. Someone should only get their shot in Florida, however, if they will be in Florida for the time period needed to receive both shots.

What do I need to show to provide proof of residency to receive my COVID-19 vaccine?

Residents should bring a copy of a valid Florida driver’s license or Florida identification card.

Seasonal residents can bring copies of two of the below for a proof of residential address:

  • A deed, mortgage, monthly mortgage statement, mortgage payment booklet or residential rental or lease agreement.
  • A utility hookup or work order dated within 60 days before registration.
  • A utility bill not more than 2 months old.
  • Mail from a financial institution, including checking, savings or investment account statements not more than 2 months old.
  • Mail from a federal, state, county or municipal government agency not more than 2 months old.

Seasonal residents living with a permanent resident (includes a parent, step-parent or legal guardian) should bring:

  • One proof of residential address from the list above
  • Statement from the person with whom you are living



How do I register to receive a vaccination?

You can pre-register or register for a COVID-19 vaccine appointment through one of the below:

 Appointment availability may differ by location.



What email address or number will you be contacting me from to set an appointment?

When residents receive a notification call about their registration, it will display as coming from the Department of Health in Marion County’s main phone number (352-629-0137). Email messages will be labeled as coming from Florida Department of Health in Marion County - Vaccine Distribution and will be sent by Everbridge; Everbridge is the appointment platform for the new registration site. Text messages regarding appointments will come from 88911. See the frequently asked questions on the new registration process for more information.

How do I accept an appointment?

Residents will have the option to accept appointments via email, text or phone in the new registration system. People who are registered will receive notifications as appointments become available and have two hours to confirm or decline the appointment from the time that the notification it is received. After two hours, the appointment announcement will expire, and those who were unable to reply or who were unable to be vaccinated at the date/time provided will be placed back in the queue for the next available appointment.

Can I schedule my appointment for a second dose with you?

You will need to get your second dose of vaccine through the same agency that you received your first dose of vaccine. Please contact that agency for more information on its second dose appointments.

DOH-Marion schedules all second dose appointments at the time of first dose vaccination.



Are COVID-19 vaccinations free?

COVID-19 vaccinations will always be provided free of charge. Schedulers will never ask for credit card information.  

Where will the vaccinations be given?

The current site for vaccinations scheduled by the Department of Health in Marion County is the Paddock Mall (3100 Southwest College Road) in Ocala. Vaccinations are by pre-registered appointments only; no walk-ups are accepted. The entrance site for vaccinations is located next to the Belk entrance facing Southwest College Road.

Some vaccinations may also be scheduled at additional locations in the community, such as the Florida Horse Park.

Are people able to get a vaccine only in the county in which they reside?

No, you are eligible to get the vaccine in any county as long as you meet the state’s eligibility requirements. For information on pre-registering for future vaccine in various Florida counties, visit For the latest information on COVID-19 vaccines in Florida, visit



What vaccine will I receive?

DOH-Marion is receiving Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine currently. This vaccine is a 2-dose shot. Pfizer requires 21 days between the first and second shot. For more information about this shot and other approved COVID-19 vaccines, please visit