After Confusion, State-Run COVID-19 Vaccine Sites Change How Second Doses Are Scheduled
Appointments for second doses will now be made on-site at four state-supported vaccination sites, including University Mall in Tampa.
The state is changing the way it schedules second doses for people visiting one of its four coronavirus vaccination sites.
It's meant to ease some of the confusion that's caused problems for seniors.
Health workers will now schedule second doses on-site for seniors when they receive their first doses at University Mall in Tampa, Regency Mall in Jacksonville, and Hard Rock Stadium and Marlins Park in South Florida.
Previously, people were supposed to wait for the state to contact them about making an appointment.
Many seniors complained about not hearing from anyone and would show up without appointments.
Some were turned away as happened in Tampa last week. It was a chaotic scene with cars backed up for hours and traffic jams disrupting the community.
"This will streamline the appointment process," Samantha Bequer, spokesperson for the Florida Division of Emergency Management, said of the scheduling change.
"And moving forward, individuals who receive their first dose at a state-supported vaccination site will no longer need to wait to receive a call back from the state to schedule their second dose appointment."