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How To Register For Coronavirus Vaccines Across Tampa Bay

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Here's what you need to know about receiving a coronavirus vaccine 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:

* On May 12, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine be given to adolescents ages 12-15. Go to patientportal.com to make a reservation.

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Hillsborough

* 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.

* County officials announced on June 25 that it was demobilizing coronavirus operations as cases continue to decrease. The county shut down its last remaining public vaccination site, at Palm River Park, 725 S. 58th St. in Tampa. The last remaining public testing location, Lee Davis Community Resource Center at 3402 N. 22nd St. in Tampa, closes on June 30. It also shut down its 24-hour COVID-19 testing and information line.

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.

* The city of Tampa will be opening “pop-up” sites at several Parks and Recreation facilities this summer in an effort to help children receive a coronavirus vaccine. It’s an effort to get vaccines to children taking part in summer camps. The locations will be administering first doses of the Pfizer vaccine to all eligible residents age 12 and up. Children under 18 must have a parent or legal guardian present and have a copy of their birth certificate, passport or driver’s license. Locations will be announced throughout the summer on the city of Tampa’s COVID-19 website.

* 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 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 county has begun scheduling appointments for Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccines for students 12-15 years old, per new guidelines. Vaccines are provided at no cost with an appointment and the parent or guardian must accompany the minor. To make an appointment at the St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Mid-County or Pinellas Park centers, call (727) 824-6931.

  • St. Petersburg Health Center, 205 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street N., St. Petersburg (by appointment starting May 17 - Monday, Wednesday, Friday)
  • Clearwater Health Center, 310 N. Myrtle Avenue, Clearwater (by appointment starting May 17 - Monday, Wednesday, Friday)
  • Mid-County Health Center, 8175 Ulmerton Road, Largo (by appointment starting May 17 - Tuesday and Thursday)
  • Pinellas Park Health Center, 4951 78th Ave. N., is closed for first doses. It will close after second doses are completed. It will reopen after May 24.

Other vaccine sites:

  • The Center for Health Equity, 2333 34th St. S., St. Petersburg (weekdays)
  • Suncoast YMCA, 950 S. Highland Ave., Clearwater. Drive-thru only. Open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Appointments not required, but expedite the process by pre-registering at: commvax.patientportalfl.com

* Pinellas County asks eligible residents to pre-register for the vaccine. Residents who have pre-registered through Patient Portal online platform will receive a text and/or email as vaccine appointments become available. Visit the Pinellas County COVID website for a registration form, updates and more information.

Polk

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

* 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

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

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

* 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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