Pinellas 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.

Update: Friday, Jan. 15: 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 is no waiting list. 

When registration reopens, the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County will offer the COVID-19 vaccine for the following people:

  • People who are 65 years or older
  • Those living in nursing homes and long-term care facilities, which started mid-December in a pilot program

Vaccinations for seniors in the general public began Tuesday, Jan. 5.

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

The registration process began at noon on Monday, January 4, but closed Tuesday afternoon. When registration reopens, residents should:

  1. Visit http://pinellas.floridahealth.gov/ and follow the instructions to register for an appointment to receive the vaccine.
  2. Those without internet access, call (727) 824-6900, option 4 for assistance, or call (727) 824-6931. Please be advised there may be an extended wait time.
  3. Residents are encouraged to print and complete the consent form from the website in order to receive the vaccine. Paperwork will also be available on site.
  4. Vaccines will be administered at the Health Department offices. Those receiving vaccines will be asked to wait for 15 minutes after the shot to monitor for potential adverse effects.
  5. Information about how to receive the second dose of the vaccine will be issued at the time of the vaccine.

Those registering to receive a vaccine must bring a form of identification with their birth date indicating that they are age 65 or older and agree to be in Pinellas County to receive their second dose of the vaccine in 21 days. Those who are unable may be excluded from receiving the vaccine.

The department has identified the following locations where vaccines will be administered:

Additional information can be found on the Department of Health in Pinellas County's website.

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.

LINKFlorida's COVID-19 website

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