When the state chose Crystal River for a COVID-19 mobile vaccination site in March, Inverness officials were quick to request one as well.

And the state responded.

The Florida Division of Emergency Management will set up a mobile vaccination site from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 15-16, at Whispering Pines Park.

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Sheriff’s Capt. Troy Hess, interim director of Citrus County Emergency Management, said state officials made the offer.

“We contacted Inverness to host something and they jumped all over it,” Hess said.

Gov. Ron DeSantis visited Crystal River in early March to announce a mobile vaccine site in Crystal River held in a shopping center parking lot over three days.

Hess said the mobile vaccination program this weekend at Whispering Pines Park is open for anyone 16 or older. Appointments are not necessary; anyone can walk up and receive the vaccine.

Officials are providing the Pfizer vaccine. Hess said the mobile vaccine bus will return 21 days later to administer the second shot.

About 34% of Citrus County residents have been fully vaccinated, according to the Florida Department of Health.

Vaccinations are available at Publix, Walmart, Walgreens and Winn-Dixie by appointment.

The health department also operates a walk-up vaccination site at the Duke Energy training complex, 8200 W. Venable St., Crystal River.

To see a list of Citrus County vaccination sites, go to www.floridahealth19.gov/vaccines/vaccine-locator.

Contact Chronicle reporter Mike Wright at 352-563-3228 or mwright@chronicleonline.com. To view more of his stories, go to www.tinyurl.com/y3bakm6w.