Appointment-only COVID-19 vaccination clinic to be conducted by City of Sarasota at Van Wezel on Saturday and Sunday

About 4,000 first doses to be provided to persons registered already in the county’s Everbridge system

The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall is located at 777 N. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota. File photo

The City of Sarasota will host a drive-through, appointment-only COVID-19 vaccination clinic this Saturday and Sunday at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, the city has announced.

“Appointments are being scheduled for individuals who previously registered and were next in line on the Everbridge system,” Sarasota County’s first-come, first-served vaccination standby list, a news release emphasizes.

Approximately 4,000 vaccines will be administered over the two days to Florida residents who are 65 or older, along with high-risk, frontline health care workers who are eligible, the release points out.

“Only those with an appointment at the Van Wezel clinic will be permitted on site,” the release stresses.

Individuals who have confirmed appointments for the clinic at the Van Wezel, which stands at 777 N. Tamiami Trail, can access the facility’s parking lot through the 10th Street entrance during their scheduled appointment block, the release says. They will be directed to the check-in area.

Each person with an appointment should bring his or her completed vaccine screening and consent form and a valid ID or proof of Florida residency.

This is the first section of the DOH-Sarasota screening and consent form. image courtesy Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County

No walk-ups will be accepted at the drive-through clinic, the release adds.

Individuals who are ill or who have tested positive for COVID-19 should not come to the site, the release points out.

“Individuals without appointments are asked to avoid the Van Wezel area this weekend,” the release continues. “The facility’s parking lot will be closed beginning midnight Friday,” the release notes; any vehicles parked there overnight will be towed.

The 4,000 additional vaccine doses were provided by the state to the Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County as part of its weekly allotment, the release explains. “Mayor Hagen Brody recently presented the state with a plan to establish a vaccine site within the city limits and worked with local health department officials, area medical professionals, hundreds of citizen volunteers and City staff to organize the distribution plan for the Van Wezel,” the release says.

For questions and more information on registration or your Everbridge account number, contact the Sarasota County vaccine registration call center at 941-861-VAXS (8297). The call center is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday, the release adds.

For more information about vaccine registration, including a step-by-step guide on how to register, visit

For frequently asked questions about the Van Wezel vaccine clinic, visit