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 ramping up.
In the Tampa Bay area, county health departments have started vaccinating the general public, starting with people 65 years and older.
Starting Monday, April 5, people 18 years old and over can get the vaccine.
Florida has set up a statewide waiting list for vaccine appointments. You can sign up here or call (866) 201-0442.
Only Florida residents can get vaccinated in the state, and you must show a valid Florida driver's license, ID card or utility bill showing a Florida address.
For counties requiring appointments, you must bring your registration confirmation to your appointment.
And now, the following retail pharmacies are beginning to administer the vaccines (Click the pharmacy name for more information):
UPDATE: Publix Pharmacy's online reservation system is for appointments for the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.
Additionally, the four federally-supported sites will remain open for four additional weeks. These sites were previously expected to close on April 28 and will now close on May 26.
Starting Tuesday, April 6 the federal sites will distribute the second doses of the Pfizer vaccine for those who got their first dose at the site. The were going to offer the single-dose Johnson & Johnson shot, but that has been put on pause due to rare blood clots from the J&J vaccine.
Here’s the latest information from county health departments:
The Florida Department of Health in Citrus County (DOH-Citrus) is hosting first come, first serve drive-thru vaccination clinics. Information on future non-appointment vaccination events can be found on the county's Department of Health website.
The county is also participating in the statewide preregistration system. You can sign up to be notified about available appoinmtments at myvaccine.fl.gov.
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.
Vaccines are being offered by appointment only when supplies are available.
Information on how to book an appointment can be found on the county's Department of Health website or by calling (844) 770-8548
Additional information: Updates on appointment availability have been provided on the health department's Twitter page. Citrus County is currently offering only the Moderna vaccine. See the link above.
Publix stores in Hernando County are also making appointments for vaccinations. Appointments can be made here.
In Hillsborough County, there are two sites where no appointment, or car, is necessary.
FEMA is operating a drive-thru vaccination site at the Tampa Greyhound Track. It's open daily from 7am-7pm and offers the Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines.
Appointments are mandatory. No walk-ups will be accepted.
To request an appointment, call 1-866-200-3896 or TTY 1-833-476-1029, or visit myvaccine.fl.gov. You will be notified by the state-contracted appointment center when vaccine supplies and appointments are available.
Additionally, walk-up sites are being set up around the county.
For a list and links to medical systems and retail providers where you may be able to obtain a vaccine if you qualify under Florida’s Phase 1 plan, go to HCFLGov.net/vaccine.
The county is operating a standby pool for vaccination appointments.
The pool is being managed through an automated system called Everbridge. Users to create a portal, modify their information and opt-out of the vaccine. To register for the standby pool, vist this website anytime, or call 311 between 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. on weekdays.
As doses become available, people enrolled in the pool will be randomly selected and contacted to make an appointment.
After receiving your first dose, information on what to bring to ypur second dose appointment can be found here along with dates and locations for second doses based on the day you received your first dose.
Updated information on availability, locations and times will be listed on the county’s website.
Anyone who is eligible to get vaccinated must sign up through the county's Patient Portal, operated by CDR Maguire, or call (844) 770-8548.
People signing up for a second dose appointment must also register through the county's Patient Portal, operated by CDR Maguire.
Updated availability, locations and times will be listed on the county’s website.
The county is also providing updated information on its Twitter page.
Eligible Florida residents must register here on the CDR Maguire Patient Portal or call (844) 770-8548 to sign up before making an appointment.
As more appointments are made available, locations and times for distrbution will be announced on the county health department’s website.
The county has set up a patient portal for making vaccination appointments. Information is available on the county's website.
There's also a hotline for making appointments. The number is (863) 298-7500.
If appointments are not available, residents age 65 and older will be placed on a registration list for future appointments.
This story will be updated regularly.