Pasco County COVID-19 vaccine distribution

As COVID-19 vaccines are distributed throughout the state of Florida, individual counties are beginning to release information about how and to whom the two-dose vaccine will be distributed.

In an executive order, Governor Ron DeSantis said the first phase of vaccine administration will prioritize long-term care facility residents and staff, persons 65 years of age and older, and health care personnel with direct patient contact.

The Florida Department of Health - Pasco County is currently offering COVID-19 vaccinations for the following people:

  • Priority group 65 years old and older

The Florida Department of Health in Pasco County says it is using an outside vendor -- CDR Maguire Health & Medical -- to handle registration for vaccination appointments.

Residents are encouraged to create an account on the patient portal to receive alerts about vaccine appointment availability and scheduling.

In order to receive alerts and schedule a COVID-19 vaccination, please go to patientportalfl.com and create an account. You will receive updates via email from CDR Maguire Health & Medical for upcoming appointments. Or, for those that do not have internet access or who need assistance with the portal, you can call 1-844-770-8548. 

What you'll need to be vaccinated in Pasco County:

Pasco County says to visit its COVID-19 Vaccinations Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.

Second dose information:

If you received your first dose of the COVID-19 vaccination, you are guaranteed an appointment for your second COVID-19 vaccine. You do not need to contact the health department to register.  You will receive an email with a link to register for the second dose.​​​​If you do not have an email address, the county says to bring the vaccination card you received when you got your first dose to the drive-thru vaccination site.

LINK: COVID-19 vaccine distribution information in Tampa Bay area counties

COVID-19 Vaccines in Florida:

On December 23, Governor Ron DeSantis announced Executive Order 20-315, which states: During this first phase of vaccine administration, all providers administering any COVID-19 vaccine shall only vaccinate the following populations:

  • Long-term care facility residents and staff;
  • persons 65 years of age and older;
  • and health care personnel with direct patient contact.

Hospitals, however, also may vaccinate persons who they deem to be extremely vulnerable to COVID-19.

Governor DeSantis also announced that in addition to hospitals, county health departments will begin vaccinating individuals 65 and older in the coming weeks as supply permits. Each county health department will work directly with their community partners to notify the community when vaccine doses are available and will provide information about what will be needed to register for vaccination.

Florida has launched a COVID-19 Vaccine Report that will be updated daily at FloridaHealthCOVID19.gov. This report includes a breakdown of who has received the vaccine by age, race, sex and county.

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 covid-19@flhealth.gov. Email responses will be sent during call center hours.

LINK: Florida's COVID-19 website

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