Health Department COVID-19 Testing and Vaccination Updates

This press release published at the request of the Florida Department of Health in Alachua County.

COVID-19 testing is by appointment only for those who are experiencing symptoms (fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea). Testing is available at the Alachua County Health Department’s East Gainesville location (224 S.E. 24th Street, Gainesville) from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.  

COVID-19 vaccinations are available on a walk-in basis Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. COVID-19 vaccination appointments are available by calling 352-334-7910.

“Getting a free COVID-19 vaccination prevents expensive and painful hospitalizations,” stated Paul Myers, Administrator of the Alachua County Health Department. “Getting vaccinated protects yourself, family, friends, and those you come into contact with.”

COVID-19 testing at the Alachua County Health Department is by appointment only and exclusively for those who are ill. If you have symptoms of COVID-19 and want to be tested, please call 352-334-8810 to make an appointment.

If you need a COVID-19 test for travel purposes, please call the Alachua County Health Department’s Foreign Travel appointment line at 352-334-7910.

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