DOH-Marion hosts free school vaccination event

In this file photo, RN Stephanie Farquharson administers the COVID vaccine to Carol Aronoff at Top of the World in Ocala, Florida, Friday, March 5, 2021. [Cyndi Chambers/Correspondent] 2021

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Posted June 16, 2022 | By Ocala Gazette Staff

The Florida Department of Health (DOH) in Marion County announced on Monday that it is offering free vaccinations for school-age children.

The drive-thru event is scheduled for 5-8 p.m. on Friday, June 17, at the department’s main office, 1801 S.E. 32nd Ave. No appointment is necessary, according to the press release.

DOH will offer the Tdap vaccine, which is required for entrance into 7th grade, in either public or private schools. That includes booster shots for tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, otherwise known as whooping cough.

Parents or guardians with questions about what vaccines their children have received may contact immunizations staff or obtain a copy of their shot records by visiting the DOH main office.

For more information, contact DOH at (352) 629-0137 or at