The announcement heralded our state’s first step toward the tunnel’s proverbial light, but Florida’s distribution of two COVID-19 vaccines is still just beginning.

In the Tampa Bay area, county health departments are preparing to start vaccinating the general public, starting with people 65 years and older.

You must fill out either one of these screening and consent forms (Moderna or Pfizer) before being vaccinated, and remember to bring a photo ID.

For counties requiring appointments, you must bring your registration confirmation to your appointment.

Here’s the latest information on availability and appointments:

Citrus County

    A first come, first served drive-thru vaccination event is scheduled for Thursday, January 7 and Saturday, January 9.

    Location: Central Ridge District Park

    Time: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. (or until vaccine doses run out)

    Additional information: Citrus County is currently offering only the Moderna vaccine. Click here for a fact sheet with dose scheduling, safety information and possible side effects.

Hernando County

    Vaccines will be offered starting on Monday, January 4 by appointment only.

    Appointments can be made by calling (352) 540-6800 and choosing option 1.

    No specific locations or times have been listed on the county health department’s website, but updates will be provided on Twitter.

    Additional information: Citrus County is currently offering only the Moderna vaccine. See the link above.

Hillsborough County

Manatee County

Pasco County

    Vaccinations for people age 65 and older started Dec. 31. Appointments are necessary.

    On January 13, the county announced its patient portal would go live at 2:00 p.m. for seniors to continue booking appointments, but there are currently around 250 people already on a wait list.

    Those on the wait list have until 5:00 p.m. on January 13 to make an appointment before the registration process is opened for general booking.

    Updated availability, locations and times will be listed on the county’s website.

    Additional information: If you are unable to print your consent form before your appointment, one will be provided at the drive-thru. See above for a list of other requirements.

Pinellas County

    UPDATE: All appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations for 65 and older residents are now full. Residents who were unable to book today may sign up on the patient portal at www.patientportalfl.com for alerts when the next State shipment arrives. There are no vaccines available for residents without appointments, and there is no waiting list.

    NEW: Pre-registration for COVID-19 vaccinations for anyone 65 and older re-opens today, Friday, Jan. 15, following a new shipment of 10,000 doses from the State of Florida. Appointments start early next week and are expected to fill quickly.

    Appointments are mandatory to get the vaccine and can be scheduled online through the new CDR HealthPro portal starting at 10 a.m. at https://patientportalfl.com.

    The appointments are expected to be booked very quickly, and residents who are unable to book theirs on Friday may sign up on the portal for alerts when the next State shipment arrives. There are no vaccines available for residents without appointments, and there is no waiting list.

    PREVIOUS: Vaccinations at long-term care facilities began in mid-December, and the county is planning to start vaccinating residents age 65 and older on Tuesday, January 5.

    Appointment registration for vaccinations both online and by phone have been halted temporarily. The health department indicated that it would provide updates soon. 

    The link to register, locations and times will all be found on the county health department’s website.

Polk County

This story will be updated regularly.