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How To Register For Coronavirus Vaccines Across Tampa Bay

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Hillsborough County
Hillsborough County will begin distributing COVID-19 vaccinations to people age 65 and older by appointment starting Wednesday.

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

Coronavirus vaccines are now available for residents 65 and older across the greater Tampa Bay region, while supplies last.

FLORIDA VACCINE SITES: County-by-county locations across the state

Here is a breakdown of how to register:

Hillsborough

Hillsborough County is partnering with the state of Florida to open a new drive-through coronavirus vaccine site.

The site opened Jan. 20 and is located at University Mall, 2200 E. Fowler Ave. It will be open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The site will administer 1,600 doses of the Pfizer vaccine each day to front-line health care workers and people 65 and older who have pre-registered.

Appointments are required, and individuals are encouraged to bring a government-issued form of ID and health insurance information.

To make an appointment, call 1-866-200-3896, TTY 1-833-476-1029.

Other vaccine locations:

  • Vance Vogel Sports Complex 13012 Bullfrog Creek Road in Gibsonton
  • Strawberry Festival Fairgrounds 2700 W. Risk St. in Plant City
  • Ed Radice Sports Complex 14720 Ed Radice Drive in Tampa
  • Tampa General Hospital, 2333 W. Hillsborough Ave. in Tampa

    Residents are encouraged to book their vaccine appointments online at patientportalfl.com, and set up an account in advance. Appointments can also be made by calling (850) 848-5287.

    On Jan. 10, the Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County announced an additional site through a partnership with St. John's Progressive Missionary Baptist Church, 2504 Chipco St. in Tampa. According to a news release, 590 people received their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine on Sunday and will return for their second dose on Jan. 31. Vaccines will also be made available Jan. 24 at Greater Bethel Missionary Baptist Church on Franklin Street in Tampa.

    The county is expanding its vaccine program and will soon distribute it at local senior communities. The vaccine is available to residents 65 and older at five distribution sites across the county. Starting Jan, 14, vaccines were made available to residents at Kings Manor in Tampa. The goal is to deliver the vaccine directly to senior homes and independent living communities across the county with a significant senior population. County officials say they have identified 350 such locations and they expect the list to grow. But, they anticipate a limited supply of vaccines over the next several weeks.

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

    Pinellas

    After technical issues resulted in a nearly four-hour delay in accepting coronavirus vaccine appointments for people 65 and older on Saturday, Pinellas County filled its allotment of vaccines in just over a half an hour.

    Earlier this week, county officials announced they would make 8,000 appointments available through the Patient Portal online platform starting at 10 a.m.

    But about 40 minutes later, the county health department said that due to high demand, the vendor that runs the portal reported a national outage.

    Access to the portal was restored and went live again at 1:45 p.m., but the allotment was filled just before 2:30 p.m., officials said.

    The health department suggests that those who were unable to schedule an appointment should still create an account at patientportalfl.com to ease future scheduling.

    Officials say residents should check the Pinellas County vaccine website for update on when more appointments will be made available.

    Here are the vaccine locations:

    • Clearwater Health Center, 310 N. Myrtle Avenue in Clearwater
    • Mid-County Health Center, 8175 Ulmerton Road in Largo
    • St. Petersburg Health Center, 205 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street N. in St. Petersburg

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

    Polk

    Polk County has activated a COVID-19 vaccine hotline from the Polk County Operations Center. Residents 65 and older can register for a limited number of vaccine appointments starting Jan. 11 by calling 863-298-7500. The hotline will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Once those initial appointments are filled, callers 65 years old and older can be placed on a registration list for a future vaccine appointment, as additional vaccines become available.

    On Jan. 14, the county also activated an online portal to take appointments as long as the vaccine is available.

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

    Sarasota

    The Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County launched a new registration system for the COVID-19 vaccine on Jan. 20. Front-line health-care workers and seniors age 65 and older can register themselves and one additional person using the Everbridge platform. The county will contact eligible recipients to schedule an appointment in order of registration and as the vaccine becomes available. Those who have already received the first dose of the vaccine should not register on Everbridge and should wait for the county to contact them to schedule a second dose.

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

    Manatee

    The Department of Health in Manatee County will be offering vaccinations to seniors age 65 and older by appointment only, as supply is available. Registrations are being taken online or by calling 311 on Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eligible recipients will be randomly selected from a pool as vaccines become available.

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

    Pasco

    The county will hold three coronavirus vaccination clinics, on Jan. 25, Jan. 27 and Jan. 29 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Saint Leo University, 33701 State Road 52. Residents age 65 and older can schedule an appointment on Jan. 24 starting at 2 p.m. at patientportalfl.com or by calling (844) 770-8548 and creating an account with CDRMaguire. There will be 700 appointments available each day.

    A drive-through vaccination clinic also has been set up at Gulf View Square Mall, 9409 U.S. 19 in Port Richey. Vaccines are available by registration only. The county plans to open additional vaccination sites in the coming weeks as it receives more doses.

    Visit the Pasco County COVID website for a registration form, updates and more information, or call 727-861-5250.

    Hernando

    Starting Jan. 22 at 10 a.m., residents 65 and older can schedule appointments for their first dose of the vaccine. The county has received 1,500 total doses to be administered in three 500-dose blocks:

    • Jan. 25-29 from 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. at the Florida Department of Health in Hernando County, 7551 Forest Oaks Blvd, Spring Hill
    • Jan. 26 from 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville
    • Jan. 27 from 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville

    Appointments will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis, either online at patientportalfl.com or by calling (844) 770-8548.

    Limited availability of vaccines is anticipated over the next several weeks.

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

    Also, 11 Publix locations across the county are also administering the vaccine.

    Veterans

    The James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital is expanding its coronavirus vaccination efforts in the community.

    Veterans who get care from the VA and are aged 75 and older can now schedule appointments to receive the vaccine at the main hospital, its Primary Care Annex in Tampa and outpatient clinics in South Hillsborough and New Port Richey.

    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.

    Appointments are required, as supplies are limited.

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