Central Ridge District Park near Holder was closed Wednesday for the remainder of the week as Citrus County officials expect an influx of senior citizens lining up to receive COVID-19 vaccinations from the health department.
The Citrus County Health Department has 800 doses of vaccination that will be available both Thursday and Saturday — 800 doses each day. They are available to anyone age 65 and older.
Health Department workers will conduct the drive-thru vaccination from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., or whenever the doses run out, health department spokeswoman Audrey Stasko said.
The county had planned to close the park on Thursday and Saturday— the days vaccinations are available — but decided to close the park Wednesday through Saturday on request of the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, County Administrator Randy Oliver said.
Even though vaccinations are set for two days, officials are discouraging citizens from showing up hours early.
“We don’t want people spending the night in the park,” county spokeswoman Cynthia Oswald said.
During vaccine distribution, Citrus County Facilities added to Central Ridge District Park port-a-potties, barriers, a drive-up tent, and signage for citizens entering the park for COVID-19 vaccination. Medical personnel, DOH-Citrus staff, along with law enforcement will also be onsite.
No overnight parking will be permitted. Sheriff’s deputies will monitor the area and be taking enforcement action if necessary. As a reminder, there is no parking or blocking the park entrance or along the right of way. Citizens traveling to the park to receive their vaccinations are asked to arrive no earlier than 9 a.m. when the vaccinations begin.
Vaccinations are available to anyone 65 and older. Patients must have identification. The Moderna vaccine will be administered.
Central Ridge District Park, at 6905 N. Lecanto Highway, Beverly Hills, will reopen at sunrise Sunday, Jan. 10.
DOH-Citrus is encouraging citizens who would like additional information to phone any of the local libraries. Staff is on hand at each library to answer questions and provide the paperwork necessary to receive the vaccination. Phone numbers for COVID-19 vaccination distribution information are as follows:
• Central Ridge: 352-746-6622.
• Coastal Region: 352-795-3716.
• Floral City: 352-726-3671.
• Homosassa: 352-628-5626.
• Lakes Region: 352-726-2357.