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Coronavirus: Testing Locations And How To Register For Vaccines Across Tampa Bay

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Here's what you need to know about receiving a coronavirus vaccine and where to receive a test across the greater Tampa Bay region.

Here is a statewide and county-by-county breakdown of how to sign up for a coronavirus vaccine:

Statewide

* Homebound seniors can have the vaccines delivered to their homes by emailing HomeboundVaccine@em.myflorida.com and putting in their request.

* The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is partnering with Publix, Walmart and Southeastern Grocers to distribute the coronavirus vaccine in Florida. Southeastern Grocers owns Winn-Dixie, Fresco y Más, Harveys Supermarket and BI-LO. Sam's Club, owned by Walmart, will also have the vaccine.

Here are the registration websites and information pages for each of these chains so far:

* The Pfizer vaccine is available for adolescents ages 12-15. Go to patientportal.com to make a reservation.

FLORIDA VACCINE SITES: Search for locations near you

Monoclonal Antibody Treatments

Residents can get monoclonal antibody treatments at these sites in the greater Tampa Bay region:

  • Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 409 S. Old Coachman Road, Clearwater. Hours: Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Hillsborough County, Kings Forest Park, 8008 E. Chelsea St., Tampa. Hours: 7 days a week, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Fasano Center, 11611 Denton Ave., Hudson. Hours: 7 days a week, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
  • Highlands County Agri-Civic Center, 4509 George Blvd, Sebring. Hours: 7 days a week, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Where to find monoclonal antibody treatment sites across the state.

Hillsborough

* The city of Tampa has expanded the hours to receive vaccines at the Lee Davis Community Center. The site is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. The site offers free Pfizer and Moderna vaccines (first or second dose available). All individuals age 18+ can receive either vaccine and are asked to bring an ID. A parent or guardian must accompany minors 12 and older. Those interested can pre-register here.

* The city of Tampa opened an additional testing site at Al Barnes Park, 3101 E. 21st. Ave. There's also a testing site at Cordelia B Hunt Center at Al Lopez Park, 4602 N. Himes Ave. Both offer PCR and rapid antigen tests, and individuals without insurance can also be tested. Anyone interested can make an appointment, and walk-ups are also available on a first-come, first-served basis. Masks are required.

Two other coronavirus testing sites are open in Tampa:

  • Palm River Park Community Center, 725 S. 58th St.
  • Hillsborough County Code Enforcement,. 1101 E. 139th Ave.

The locations are open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. They will administer 500 free tests on a first-come, first-served basis, and no appointment is necessary. Face masks will be required. A photo ID is required and those without insurance can still receive a test.
* Anyone who would like to receive a vaccine from home can do through DeliveRxDPharmacy. It will vaccinate individuals who live in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties at no cost. Those interested can call 813-932-6266.

To find a list of pharmacies and other places offering vaccines, go to vaccine.gov. To find a testing site, go to the Hillsborough and Florida Department of Health websites.

* Businesses, along with community and faith-based organizations, that are interested in hosting vaccine events can fill out this form or call (813) 307-8000.

* Hillsborough County dispenses the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, which can now be given to individuals 12 years of age and older. No appointment is required, but for quick and easy check-in at the vaccine site, it is recommended to create an account with CDR Health Pro by visiting patientportalfl.com. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. To make an appointment, call 1-866-200-3896, TTY 1-833-476-1029 or visit myvaccine.fl.gov. Florida residency is required. Visit the Hillsborough County COVID website for a registration form, updates and more information.

Pinellas

* Anyone 12 and older can receive free Pfizer vaccines without an appointment at outreach events. A $20 food voucher as a thank-you gift will be given for all who are vaccinated:

  • Salvation Army, 5885 66th St. N., St. Petersburg,. 4-7 p.m.

* A testing site at the Center for Health Equity, 2333 34th St. S. St. Petersburg, will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day until further notice. The tests are free and no appointment is necessary. For more information, call (850) 583-2419.
* The Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County is sending outreach teams to community locations several times a week, and offering $10 vouchers for anyone who would like to receive a vaccine. They are open to the public with no appointments required.

* Anyone who would like to receive a vaccine from home can do through DeliveRxDPharmacy. It will vaccinate individuals who live in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties at no cost. Those interested can call 813-932-6266.

* The Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County is scheduling appointments at its St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Mid-County and Pinellas Park locations. To schedule, call (727) 824-6931.

* Several pharmacies are also offering the vaccines. Visit Pinellas County's vaccination website for more information.

Polk

* Polk County opened three free drive-thru COVID testing sites:

  • Gil Jones Center, 3425 US 17 N. Winter Haven. Seven days a week from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Tests offered: Antigen and PCR
  • Bartow Regional Medical, 2200 Osprey Blvd Bartow. Seven days a week from 8 a.m.-6 p.m.. Tests offered: Antigen and PCR
  • RP Funding Center, 701 W. Lime St., Lakeland. Seven days a week from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Tests offered: Antigen and PCR

* Polk County has activated a COVID-19 vaccine hotline. Residents who meet state guidelines can register for vaccine appointments by calling 863-298-7500. The hotline will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
* Polk County also has an online portal to take appointments. If no appointments are available, residents can be placed on a registration list for a future vaccine appointment, as additional vaccines become available.

* Visit the Polk County COVID website for a registration form, updates and more information.

Sarasota

* Two walk-up testing sites opened on Aug. 9:

  • Robert L. Taylor Community College Complex, 1845 34th Street, Sarasota
  • Dallas White Park, 5900 Greenwood Ave., North Port

Testing will be offered 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday at both locations. No appointment is necessary and anyone can be tested regardless of symptoms. Photo identification will be required. PCR and antigen (rapid) testing will be offered, with PCR results provided in 24 hours and rapid testing results in 30 minutes.
* The Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County has an online registration system for the COVID-19 vaccine and is regularly making updates to availability and eligibility.

Visit the Sarasota County COVID website for a registration form, updates and more information, or call 941-861-8297.

Manatee

* A new free COVID-19 testing site has opened at the Bradenton Area Convention Center, 1 Haben Boulevard in Palmetto. It will be open every day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and will include both PCR and rapid testing. This is a walk-up operation and no appointment is necessary. Visitors are asked to bring proof of Florida residency (driver’s license, utility bill with Florida address, etc.). The Department of Health Manatee will continue to run the testing and vaccine site at the Palmetto bus station weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call (941) 242-6646.

* Manatee County is no longer holding first dose vaccination events. If you have already received your first dose at a Manatee County-operated vaccine site, you can find your second dose date here. Please print and complete a consent form to bring to the site.

Those who are deemed extremely vulnerable by a physician may schedule appointments for vaccination at the Department of Health in Manatee County. See more information.

Visit the Manatee County COVID website for a registration form, updates and more information.

Pasco

* To address demand for coronavirus tests, the Florida Department of Health in Pasco County partnered with Nomi Health to provide free drive-thru COVID-19 testing at Gulf View Square Mall in Port Richey. The site will be open seven days a week, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.. Appointments can be made here. They are not necessary but highly recommended to avoid long wait times.

* Residents 12 and over can schedule an appointment at patientportalfl.com or by calling (844) 770-8548 and creating an account with CDRMaguire. Visit the Pasco County COVID website for a registration form, updates and more information, or call 727-861-5250.

Hernando

* The Florida Department of Health in Hernando County has partnered with Nomi Health to provide free COVID-19 tests at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville. Tests at the drive-thru sitewill be available seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Appointments are recommended to avoid wait times.

* All vaccine appointments must be made by calling 352-540-6800 and choosing option 7. Calls are only accepted on Mondays and Tuesdays for a vaccine appointment scheduled for that same week. This is a transition from the CDR Maguire Patient Portal website, which served the county for just under four months.

For more information, visit the Hernando County COVID website or call 352-540-6800.

Veterans

* The James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital is offering coronavirus vaccination efforts.

All veterans who are patients at James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital & Clinic, regardless of age or medical condition, are eligible. Homeless veterans, as well as vets living in VA congregate living areas and patients receiving chemotherapy, hemodialysis or organ transplants are also able to get vaccines at this time.

Staff will contact them directly to schedule an appointment. Veterans are encouraged to let their Primary Care Provider know so that they can make a note in the patient’s chart and follow up when vaccine is available to them.

Vaccinations are being provided at the main hospital, its Primary Care Annex in Tampa and outpatient clinics in South Hillsborough and New Port Richey.

* Also, community members with connections to the veteran community may qualify for COVID-19 vaccines being made available by the James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital & Clinics and the Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County.

The VA will begin providing 2,500 doses per week to community members who meet State of Florida guidelines, and who are:

  • A Veteran NOT currently enrolled (not currently a patient receiving care in the VA), or
  • A family member of ANY Veteran - patient of VA or not
  • A family member of a VA employee

Vaccines will be administered by appointment only at a drive-through clinic at Tampa VA’s Liberty and Freedom parking lots. Those who qualify to receive the vaccine can schedule an appointment at http://www.tampava.eventbrite.com/

For more information, visit https://www.tampa.va.gov/TAMPA/services/COVID_19_Vaccines_for_Community.asp

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