Editor's note: A previous version of this story stated that the state took over the University Mall vaccination site last week. According to Hillsborough County, the state has been in charge since January 24.
TAMPA, Fla. — About 2.3 million people have received Covid-19 vaccinations in Florida, including a little more than 110,000 in Hillsborough County.
But for the past few days, there has been extremely long lines at the state-run vaccination site at University Mall in Tampa.
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The state took over the University Mall site January 24. Since then, there has been increasingly long waits by seniors, some of whom say they were turned away when they got to the front of the line.
Here's the complaint: Seniors say when the county was running the vaccination site and they got their first does, they were told to return three weeks later for their second shot, no appointment needed.
But that’s not the case.
The state is requiring appointments for second doses. Many people waiting in line found out the hard way.
And this has created traffic jams in the parking lot, and many complaints.
If you are a senior needing your second dose of the vaccine from the mall, make a second appointment here.
So far numbers have dropped locally and nationwide. In fact we just saw less than 100,000 new cases for a day nationwide - that's the lowest we've seen in months.
But late this week into early next week will be a key indicator if we will get a surge of cases from the super bowl.
That is something local leaders worked hard to try and prevent.