Manatee County activates new vaccine registration site tonight; Gov. DeSantis applauds Manatee County field vaccinations

Manatee County activates new vaccine registration site tonight; Gov. DeSantis applauds Manatee County field vaccinations
Posted on 01/07/2021

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (Jan. 7, 2021) – Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis visited Manatee County's vaccination site at Bennett Park today to commend local efforts to get vaccinations into local seniors quickly and efficiently.

"Today we're here to highlight the County-run vaccination site at Bennett Park. Here what you see is a very well run, very efficient operation," DeSantis said today at 10:30 a.m. "When vaccinations were first distributed at the end of December, Manatee County had already prepared to provide the vaccination in the community. Tonight they'll be launching an online portal that's a smart way to do it ... to decompress the stress on the online system.

"We're happy with what (Manatee County) is doing and we'll be providing them with more vaccines because they're making good use of it," DeSantis said.

Manatee County launches a new pre-registration pool process tonight. Seniors ages 65 and older can register for the waiting list beginning tonight at 10 p.m. by visiting

Seniors may also book an appointment weekdays from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., beginning tomorrow, Jan. 8. Online registration will be available anytime tonight after 10 p.m. Regardless of how seniors sign up, there is no deadline to join the pool.

Seniors ages 65 and older can join the standby pool one of two ways:

  • Online: Beginning tonight at 10 p.m., up to two people at a time can join the standby pool by filling out an online form available at
  • By phone: Tomorrow, Friday, Jan. 8 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. seniors ages 65 and older can dial the County's 311 Call Center to ask for help joining the vaccine standby pool. 311 Call Center operators can assist from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each weekday.

NOTE: Manatee County will not collect financial information, social security numbers or other sensitive personal information. The vaccines being administered by the Department of Health are free to the public.

Over time the list of names in the standby pool will grow. Whenever a new shipment of vaccines arrives, the same number of names will be pulled through randomized selection. 311 reps will use those names to call pre-registered seniors and help them book an appointment. 

On the day of the appointment, seniors will take to their appointment the following:

  • An email receipt or unique number they receive from the 311 Call Center;
  • A Department of Health consent form available at (311 callers can assist with the form for those without internet access);
    A valid ID showing age 65 or older.

Seniors without internet access will now have the same ability to receive an appointment. Those with internet access can register anytime on any day. Also, there will no longer be a race to book appointments online. The new registration pool is open ended, and anyone who wants to enroll can do so online or by calling 311.