Where to get a COVID-19 vaccine or test in Sarasota and Manatee counties

Brian Ries
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Terence McClain, left, 24, of Sarasota, gets his first COVID-19 shot, administered by Kevin Lauvray, LPN, with Tidewell, during a vaccination clinic held in April at Bethlehem Baptist Church on 18th St. in Sarasota.

If you aren't vaccinated against COVID-19 yet, you aren't alone. According to recent Florida Department of Health data, only about 74% of Sarasota County residents and 64% of Manatee County residents have received at least one shot of a COVID-19 vaccine.

The rate of vaccination has increased recently as Florida faces a drastic surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in recent weeks due to the delta variant.

There is good news, however, for those who are vaccinated. According to Sarasota Memorial Hospital, of the record numbers of COVID-19 patients they are seeing in the hospital, 90% are unvaccinated. Even though vaccinated people might catch the highly contagious delta variant, the vaccine does greatly mitigate the effects.

More:Sarasota Memorial Hospital expands ICU to 120 beds, the most since the pandemic began

Where to get a COVID-19 vaccination in Sarasota-Manatee

Through health insurance or federal programs for the uninsured, COVID-19 vaccination is free for everyone, no matter where you get it, whether you are insured or not. Many independent pharmacies also offer the vaccine; find those locations online at

CenterPlace Health: no appointment is necessary but registration is required by calling 941-529-0202.

  • Mondays: 10 a.m.-6 p.m., 2200 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota
  • Tuesdays: 10 a.m.-6 p.m., 1900 Brother Geenan Way, Sarasota
  • Wednesdays: 11 a.m.-5 p.m., 2350 Scenic Drive, Venice
  • Thursdays: 11 a.m.-6 p.m., 1750 17th St. Building 6, Sarasota (Pfizer will be available for those 12 and up)
  • Fridays: 7 a.m.-4 p.m., 6950 Outreach Way, North Port

CVS: both booked appointments and walk-ins are available, register at

Manatee County Health Department: 410 Sixth Avenue East in Bradenton. First, second and third doses of Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna – as well as one-dose Johnson & Johnson – vaccines are available for free. Vaccinations are offered between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on weekdays by appointment only. Call 941-242-6646 or go to for more information.

Publix pharmacies: both booked appointments and walk-ins are available, register at

Sarasota County Department of Health: walk-in vaccination is available Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at both the North Port (6950 Outreach Way; 941-861-3820) and Sarasota (2200 Ringling Blvd.; 941-861-2900) locations. Find more information at

Walgreens: most locations, register at

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Where to get a COVID-19 test in Sarasota-Manatee

Like the vaccine, testing should be free, either through health insurance or through federal programs for the uninsured. For the most common and accurate test - PCR - results usually take 24-72 hours.

Bradenton Area Convention Center: daily, 7 a.m.-7 p.m., PCR and rapid antigen test available, no appointment needed; 1 Haben Blvd., Palmetto

CVS: most locations, more information at 

Dallas White Park: Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m., PCR and rapid antigen test available, no appointment needed; 5900 Greenwood Avenue, North Port

Robert L. Taylor Community Complex: Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m., PCR and rapid antigen test available, no appointment needed; 1845 34th Street, Sarasota

Sarasota Kennel Club: Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m., no appointment needed, drive-thru testing; 5400 Bradenton Road, Sarasota

Sarasota Memorial Urgent Care Centers: various locations, more information at

Walgreens: most locations, more information at

This story comes from Aspirations Journalism, an initiative of The Patterson Foundation and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune to inform, inspire and engage the community to take action on issues related to COVID-19 Response.