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COVID-19 Vaccine: Where people 65 and older can get vaccinated in the Tampa Bay area

Most counties require an appointment
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Posted at 5:45 PM, Dec 30, 2020
and last updated 2021-01-15 15:01:52-05

The COVID-19 vaccine has begun rolling out for people 65 and older in the Tampa Bay area.

ABC Action News has compiled a list of the vaccine distribution plans released by each county.

Please be aware, there are fake Eventbrite accounts being made to register for the COVID-19 vaccine. There is no charge for registration, it is free.

NOTE: The information below is subject to change. Please check back for the latest information.


CITRUS COUNTY

The Florida Department of Health in Citrus County is offering COVID-19 vaccines to individuals 65 and older at two drive-thru clinics, however, on Saturday, the county met its capacity on vaccines. They will update with additional clinic dates

Prior to receiving the vaccine, individuals will be required to download and complete the Department of Health COVID-19 Vaccine Screening and Consent.

As staffing and resources shift to COVID-19 vaccination, the Florida Department of Health in Citrus County (DOH-Citrus) will no longer provide COVID-19 testing at the Citrus Springs Community Center starting Monday, Jan. 18.

The last day individuals can be tested at the Citrus Springs Community Center will be Friday, Jan. 15, from 7:30 to 10 a.m. or until capacity of 150 individuals is reached.

For information regarding availability and future vaccine clinics, click here.

Anyone who would like additional information on the COVID-19 vaccine distribution in Citrus County can call any of the following local library branches:

  • Central Ridge Library: 352-746-6622
  • Coastal Region Library: 352-795-3716
  • Floral City Library: 352-726-3671
  • Homosassa Library: 352-628-5626
  • Lakes Region Library: 352-726-2357

DESOTO COUNTY

The Florida Department of Health in DeSoto County will be offering doses of the Moderna vaccine to seniors age 65 and older again on Tuesday, January 12.

The vaccinations will start at 1 p.m. at the Turner Agri-Civic Center located at 2250 NE Roan Street in Arcadia.

Gates will open at 11 a.m. and vehicles will not be permitted to use a pre-staging area prior to the gates opening.

The vaccines will be given on a first-come, first-served basis. DeSoto County residence is not required.

Starting the week of January 18, organizers will be shifting to an appointment-only process for COVID-19 vaccines. Members of the public will be able to call in to make their vaccine appointment. The call-in information will be announced as soon as the details are finalized.

For details including dates and times, click here.

For additional questions, call the Health Department at 863-993-4601.

HARDEE COUNTY

The Florida Department of Health in Hardee County began vaccinating residents age 65 or older and health care personnel with direct patient contact beginning Wednesday, Jan. 6.

Currently, appointments for vaccinations are filled through January 22, 2021. No more appointments are being accepted at this time.

When appointments do become available, people can call 863-773-4161 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. to book.

Vaccinations will be conducted at: CompanyTrader.com building (former CareSync building) located at 1499 US Highway 17, Wauchula, FL 33873.

For the latest information on the vaccine process, click here.

HERNANDO COUNTY

The Florida Department of Health in Hernando County is offering the COVID-19 vaccine to adults age 65 and older.

Registrations for the vaccine have reached capacity.

The Health Department says it will open registration again once it receives new supplies.

When that happens, appointments may be made by calling 352-540-6800 and choosing option 1.

For the latest updates on the vaccine availability, visit Hernando.FLHealth.gov, or view the Department’s social media site at Twitter.com/HealthyHernando.

HIGHLANDS COUNTY

The Florida Department of Health in Highlands County is administering vaccines to the 65+ population in the community on an appointment-only basis at the POD.

Registration for appointments will be taken online ONLY, and the registration portal will be open again on Monday, January 11 at 8 a.m.

It's important to note that seniors cannot register for an appointment on-site.

To access the registration portal, click here.

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY

Hillsborough County will begin a second round of COVID-19 vaccinations this week for residents age 65 and older. Hillsborough has allocated 9,000 doses of the vaccine to be administered at three distribution sites from Wednesday, Jan. 13 through Friday, Jan. 15.

Appointments are mandatory to get the first of two vaccine injections and will be scheduled online by CDR HealthPro™ portal and by phone on Tuesday, Jan. 12.

Residents age 65 and older can only make their appointments during the designated timeframe specific to their age group.

Residents age 85 and older can book an appointment between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m.

Residents age 75 to 84 can book an appointment between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Residents age 65 to 74 can book an appointment between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

After 5 p.m., any resident age 65 and older can book any remaining slots while appointments remain available.Each age group has a dedicated number of appointment slots available to help ensure equity in scheduling.

The online CDR HealthPro™ portal and the call center, which is available for residents without access to the Internet, will not allow for appointment scheduling outside each age group’s designated appointment time window.

Residents are encouraged to book their vaccine appointments online here. Though appointment scheduling must be done only during the timeframe set aside for specific age groups, residents can save time by visiting the site today and creating an account in advance.

This will make the process quicker and easier when it is time to schedule an appointment.

For persons without access to the Internet, appointments can be made by calling (850) 848-5287. The call center is available for account creation Monday as well. The call center is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and can provide guidance in English and Spanish.

Please note that this call center is for account creation and scheduling appointments only. If you need medical guidance, you will be instructed to hang up and contact your health care provider.

Residents who create their account in advance, should write down and save login information for use when they return to schedule their appointments. Appointments can be made for the vaccination site most convenient to them. Appointments for the required second dose can be made at the time of scheduling. There will be no vaccines for residents without appointments, and there is no waiting list.

For the latest information on the vaccine process, click here.

MANATEE COUNTY

Manatee County 311 callers said they will begin randomly selecting names within Manatee County's Vaccination Standby Pool today to book vaccination appointments for seniors after local leaders learned Monday that 1,000 doses have arrived.

311 representatives Tuesday will randomly select pre-registered seniors and to book an appointment. Seniors should look for a call from (941) 742-4300. If they miss the first call, 311 callers will try once more later. If there's no answer after two attempts, the caller's name will be placed back in the standby pool to make room for another person for an appointment.

Please do not call 311 to ask if you have been selected. Instead look for a call from (941) 742-4300 and a friendly 311 caller will book an appointment for you.

If a senior is unable to answer the calls or accept an appointment, there is no need to call the county or register a second time. As of Tuesday morning, nearly 60,000 parties have pre-registered for the standby pool. Because couples are included in that total, the actual number of people in pool is 95,600. Those who are in the standby pool do not need to do anything more at this time.

Seniors ages 65 and older can register for the waiting list by visiting vax.mymanatee.org any time of day. Seniors may also book an appointment by calling 311 weekdays from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. The registration pool is open-ended, so there is no deadline to join the pool.

Click here, for more vaccine information.

PASCO COUNTY

The Department of Health in Pasco County is offering vaccinations to seniors age 65 and older by appointment only.

However, as of January 13, DOH-Pasco has 500 doses of COVID-19 vaccine available at Saint Leo University 33701 State Road 52 in St. Leo on Friday, Jan. 15, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

(To get to the drive-thru vaccination site, enter at the university's main entrance located at the traffic light on State Road 52 and Palm Boulevard. Enter the traffic circle and take the first right. Follow the directional signs.)

If a resident, age 65 or older, would like to schedule an appointment for the first dose of the vaccine, the patient portal will go live to book appointments, tomorrow at 2:00 p.m.

DOH-Pasco has a waitlist of approximately 250 people. Those who have pre-registered will receive an email with information on how to book their appointments when the portal opens. They should check their email and spam or junk folders for an email from CDR Maguire. The remaining 250 or so appointments will be available for general booking on Wednesday, Jan. 13. at 2:00 p.m. when the portal goes live.

If pre-registered residents have not made their appointment by 5:00 p.m. on January 14, the slots will be made available for general booking. If a resident is attempting to book an appointment tomorrow after 2:00 p.m. but finds that all slots have been filled, they are encouraged to go back at 5:00 p.m. to try again.

Appointments are mandatory to get the first of two vaccine injections.

Pasco County residence is not required, but snowbirds must remain in Pasco County for their second-round (28 days after the first appointment).

To register for a vaccination appointment time, click here.

If you do get a reservation for the vaccine in Pasco County, you must bring your printed out registration form, and take your state I.D., as well as your reservation number from the Eventbrite website.

    PINELLAS COUNTY

    Registration opened at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 15, for additional COVID-19 vaccinations in Pinellas County. FL Dept. of Health in Pinellas, County and Fire paramedics were partnering to distribute 10,000 vaccines. Within an hour of opening, appointments were filled.

    Demand still exceeds state supplies, but 250,000 seniors in Pinellas are eligible for vaccines under the governor's plan.

    Residents who were unable to book theirs on Friday may sign up on the new CDR HealthPro portal for alerts when the next State shipment arrives. There are no vaccines available for residents without appointments, and there is no waiting list.

    The Department of Health in Pinellas County says to get an appointment, you must first make an account here.

    POLK COUNTY

    The Florida Department of Health in Polk County has received a limited amount of COVID-19 vaccine and has booked all reservations for next week's vaccine event.

    The phone line, (863)298-7500, will be manned for the foreseeable future by staff from both the Florida Department of Health and Polk County Board of County Commissioners from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Employees staffing the hotline will register residents 65 years of age and older for a limited number of vaccine appointments scheduled for next week.

    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 vaccine becomes available.

    Those who would like to register through the online portal should visit https://register.polk.health/. Users can create an account and upload their personal information for a future appointment.

    For the latest information on the vaccine process, click here.

    SARASOTA COUNTY

    The Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County is offering COVID-19 vaccines to high-risk frontline health care workers and those 65 and older.

    To register for a vaccination appointment time, click here.

    OTHER VACCINE DISTRIBUTION SITES IN THE TAMPA BAY AREA

    • AdventHealth
      • At this time, AdventHealth is not providing vaccines to the general public, including those 65 years or older, at any hospital, AdventHealth Centra Care or AdventHealth Medical Group practices.
      • All information on vaccine distribution for the public will be posted here.
    • Publix
      • Calling it one of the "most exciting" announcements to come out of the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Ron DeSantis said Publix is launching a pilot program in Marion, Citrus and Hernando Counties to offer the COVID-19 vaccine to Florida residents who are 65 and older.
      • To see a list of the participating Publix stores, click here.
    • Sarasota Memorial Hospital
      • SMH is using its own supply of the Moderna vaccine to inoculate at least 3,000 people 65 and older on Saturday, Jan. 9 and Sunday, Jan. 10, in the hospital auditorium.
      • To be eligible, you must be at least 65 years old and remain in Sarasota County to receive your second-round shot 28 days after your first vaccination.
        • SMH will schedule a follow-up event to administer a second dose to everyone who receives a vaccination at this weekend’s event.
      • To register for an appointment, click here.
      • For more information on the event, click here.