April 22, 2021
SUN CITY CENTER, Florida — South Bay Hospital partnered with local Sun City organizations to provide 1,000 free COVID-19 vaccinations April 22. The vaccines, provided by Florida’s Department of Emergency Management, were procured by the hospital at the request of community partners to help in vaccinating more community residents in the over-55 community and surrounding south shore area.
“We appreciate our community partners and the energy and initiative behind today’s vaccination event,” said Sheldon Barr, South Bay Hospital’s chief executive officer. “It is gratifying to know that we are able to help strengthen our community against COVID-19. Our South Bay caregivers are committed to providing compassionate care and today’s event is a terrific example of that commitment. We have numerous hospital employees alongside our partners ensuring we can provide these vaccines to our community neighbors.”
Area residents that were interested in receiving a vaccination were able to register ahead of time for the event, and walk-ups were also being vaccinated. Those who received a vaccine will also be provided a second short following the required 28-day period after today’s dose.
“It was a pleasure working with so many fine organizations in Sun City Center,” said Matthew Permuth, Vesta Property Services director of program development. “The Sun City Center Emergency Squad, South Bay Hospital, the C.E.R.T. (Community Emergency Response Team), Vesta Properties, Samaritans and the Security Patrol all seamlessly came together today to bring vaccines to our community.”