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DOH-Marion continues to increase vaccine efforts in community; residents able to pre-register for vaccine in new state system

By Florida Department of Health in Marion County

February 02, 2021


OCALA, Fla.— The Florida Department of Health in Marion County is increasing the number of COVID-19 vaccinations it provides in the community. DOH-Marion provided 3,508 vaccinations at the Paddock Mall last week; this week, a total of 6,597 vaccinations are scheduled at the mall.

The number of vaccinations is increasing as the first large group of individuals who need their second dose of vaccine are having their appointments. Days of operation at the mall vaccination site continue to expand to accommodate the increase in vaccinations. Vaccinations are now provided Monday through Friday and some select Saturdays. Hours of operation run from approximately 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. depending on the number of doses scheduled per day.

Vaccinations are available by appointment only. The site is a joint venture of the Department of Health in Marion County, AdventHealth Ocala, Marion County Emergency Management and Paddock Mall. The site provides both Moderna and Pfizer vaccine.

To-date, a total of 31,629 Marion County residents have been vaccinated for COVID-19 across all vaccine providers (hospitals, health department, long-term care facilities, etc.) A total of 36,576 doses have been administered to residents (includes first and second doses).

Residents able to pre-register for vaccine in state system

The state of Florida has developed a statewide COVID-19 vaccine pre-registration system. Through signing up in the system, residents are placed in a queue to be proactively contacted once vaccine is available in their community at state-supported vaccination sites.

To pre-register for vaccine in Marion County, visit or call 866-201-6768 (833-476-1519 TTY). For questions relating to sign-ups, residents can call 833-540-2070.

Residents who have already pre-registered with the Department of Health in Marion County during its COVID-19 vaccine signups in late December and early January do not need to sign up for vaccine through the new state site. DOH-Marion will continue to contact and schedule individuals for vaccinations through its original pre-registration system. Once this effort is complete, the department will begin pulling registrants from the new state system vaccination queue.

Marion COVID-19 case update

Marion County is reporting 24,725 cumulative cases of COVID-19 as of this afternoon. This is an increase of 148 cases from Feb. 1. Of Marion COVID-19 cases from Feb. 2, 11.3% tested positive. The daily positivity rate for all new COVID-19 cases in Florida on Feb. 2 was 8.36%.

From COVID-19 cases reported over the past seven days (cases reported Jan. 27 to Feb. 2), Marion saw an average of:

  • 148.4 new cases reported per day
  • 10.14% daily positivity rate
  • 4.6 COVID-19 related deaths reported per day

The number of new cases and the daily positivity rates for the past seven days are trending down from overall averages for the month of January. From cases reported Jan. 1 to 31, Marion saw an average of:

  • 216.5 new cases reported per day
  • 13.53% daily positivity rate
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths reported per day

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