ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Even more people in Florida will become eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine when the state lowers its age requirement.
Shots can begin going into arms for people age 60 and older starting Monday, March 15, per Gov. Ron DeSantis' executive order. The modified minimum age requirement joins the list of other statewide eligibility criteria, including:
- Long-term care facility residents and staff
- Health care personnel with direct patient contact
- People deemed extremely vulnerable to COVID-19 (you'll need this form from your doctor and to visit a participating vaccine site)
- K-12 school employees 50 years of age and older
- Lawn enforcement officers 50 years of age and older
- Firefighters 50 years of age and older
A statewide pre-registration appointment website for vaccines is live at myvaccine.fl.gov, though not every Florida county is participating, such as Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas.
People who live in those counties can pre-register for an appointment on patientportalfl.com.
Hernando County will open the scheduling portal at 3 p.m. Sunday for people 60 and older. Pasco County will do the same at 2 p.m. Sunday. Hillsborough and Pinellas counties already are allowing people who fit the minimum age requirement to pre-register.
Anyone who needs assistance with registration in the counties previously mentioned can call 1-844-770-8548.
People also can consider visiting the FEMA-run site from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day at the Tampa Greyhound Track. Appointments can be made through the statewide pre-registration site at myvaccine.fl.gov.
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