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TGH patients begin COVID-19 vaccinations

Posted at 8:07 PM, Dec 30, 2020

TAMPA, Fla. — Covid-19 vaccinations are underway for people starting today at one of Tampa General Hospital’s clinics.

TGH says about 18 people came to the Tampa General Medical Group Armenia clinic for the first round of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccinations for COVID-19.

They’re giving those vaccinations to seniors and people who are severely vulnerable to COVID-19 because of other conditions.

Tampa General is one of five hospitals in the state to get the Pfizer vaccine.

They started vaccinating their health-care workers first.

Now it’s available for people who are Tampa General Medical Group patients.

That included Lagretta Lenker, 75, who has asthma.

She says she hopes to see her family very soon after she gets the second vaccination.

“I haven’t seen my grandchildren in about a year. I certainly hope for a visit. And I will enjoy seeing friends. We’ve been careful. Going to church. Really enjoying community activities. So whatever normal is, I’m looking forward to it,” said Lenker.

Three weeks from today, Lenker will come back to get that second vaccination.

She says it was an easy process, “just like getting a flu shot” and encourages everyone to do it when they can.

Existing patients and non-TGMG patients can call 813-844-8410 for scheduling information.

Existing TGMG patients can schedule their appointments through MyChart or go to TGMG.org to schedule online.