Now that millions of Floridians 18 and older are eligible for the COVID vaccine, the big question is asked: How is the Tampa Bay-area vaccine sites handling the big day?
What You Need To Know
- More vaccines are being shipped to injection sites
- 16 or 17 year olds must have a parent or guardian with them
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All across the state on Monday, anyone who is 18 years old and up (or those 16 or 17 year olds who has a parent or guardian with them), can finally get in line to the get the vaccine.
“I guess I’ll just feel safer going out in public and just public places. I won’t have to worry about it,” 16-year-old Andrew Turner said.
His older sister is getting vaccinated, too.
“I’m currently in college, so hopefully when I go back, I’ll continue to just live the college experience,” Taylor Turner said.
This is the largest and final eligibility expansion for getting the shot. The state is set to receive more than 800,000 first doses this week.
Those shipments include more than 313,000 of the one-dose Johnson & Johnson shot.
At the Raymond James Stadium, the Pfizer shot is being offered. The walk-up site is open seven days a week starting at 8 a.m. and ends at 7 p.m.
And a good spot to take your teen to get vaccinated as it is one of the few in the area that allows it.
The Tampa Greyhound Track is one of those federally-run sites that offer the Pfizer vaccine. However, starting on Tuesday, it will just offering that Johnson & Johnson one.
So just depends if you prefer the two or one dose approach.
And just another note for any 16 or 17 year old who will be getting vaccinated, a parent or legal guardian must be present.
And you will also need to fill out a consent form, either before you go or you can get one at the vaccine site.