During the first phase of the vaccine administration, Governor Ron DeSantis prioritized long-term care facility residents and staff, persons 65 years of age and older, and health care personnel with direct patients. Then, the state expanded vaccine access to all who were at least 50 years of age, then 40.
As of April 5, all Floridians who are over the age 18 became eligible to get vaccinated.
The state of Florida is offering a statewide registration system to help schedule COVID-19 vaccines. Residents can pre-register for vaccine appointments and be notified when appointments are available in their area by:
Information about county-run vaccine distribution in each Tampa Bay area county is available below:
- Citrus County
- Desoto County
- Hardee County
- Hernando County
- Highlands County
- Hillsborough County
- Manatee County
- Pasco County
- Pinellas County
- Polk County
- Sarasota County
- Sumter County
Private retailers offering vaccines in Florida:
These businesses are offering COVID-19 vaccines at some of their locations in Florida. They may or may not follow the guidelines laid out by Gov. DeSantis. You need to register separately for an appointment with the retailer directly, separate from any state or county registration. Click on a link below for more information.
Federal vaccine sites:
Federal vaccine sites in Tampa, Miami, Orlando, and Jacksonville opened March 3 as part of a partnership with FEMA, the Department of Defense, and state health offices. Click here for specific locations.
Initially, the FEMA sites were slated to close on April 28, but will remain open until May 26, delivering up to 3,000 first doses of the Pfizer vaccine. Appointments are encouraged but not required; patients should use the myvaccine.fl.gov site to register.
FEMA sites in Florida are following the state’s eligibility list for vaccinations, as well as the federal guidelines laid out by President Joe Biden prioritizing K-12 educators, school staff, and daycare providers of all ages.
COVID-19 Vaccines in Florida:
If you feel sick:
The Florida Department of Health has opened a COVID-19 Call Center at 1-866-779-6121. Agents will answer questions around the clock. Questions may also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Email responses will be sent during call center hours.
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