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County-by-county COVID-19 vaccine information for Tampa Bay

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed an executive order to ensure senior citizens are the top priority when it comes to receiving vaccine doses.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — As COVID-19 vaccine shipments continue to make their way to the Tampa Bay area, different counties are releasing plans to make sure high-priority groups get vaccinated.

In December, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' executive order stated Phase 1 priority groups were frontline health care workers and people who work or live at a long-term care facility. People who are 50 and older are also eligible to receive vaccinations.

So, too, are people considered medically vulnerable, all K-12 employees and law enforcement and firefighters age 50 or older.

Recently, the governor announced he will once again lower the vaccine age requirement starting Monday, March 29 to people age 40 and older. Then, beginning the following Monday, April 5, all individuals age 18 and older will be eligible.

RELATED: Am I eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Florida?

A statewide pre-registration appointment website for vaccines is now live at myvaccine.fl.gov. However, at this time, not every county is participating. 

Also, note that the process to receive second doses varies by county.

Citrus County 

The county is using Florida's statewide pre-registration system to schedule COVID-19 vaccine appointments. That website is myvaccine.fl.gov.

People are asked to go to that site, select Citrus County and submit their information. 

If you are eligible, you will be contacted when vaccine appointments are available in the county. It may take several weeks before someone calls to schedule an appointment.

There's also a designated help line number to correct information that has been submitted incorrectly into the preregistration system: 833-540-2058.

The Department of Health says vaccine supply remains limited and appointments might not be available for a couple of weeks.

Anyone who received their first dose through the county will receive an appointment postcard in the mail with a date, time and location to get their second dose. 

If you are due for your second dose but haven't yet received a postcard, call 352-527-0068 and press menu option 9 and then 3

Some Publix, Walmart and Winn-Dixie pharmacies in Citrus County are offering vaccines. Check each store's website for more information, including how to get an appointment.

DeSoto County 

The county is using Florida's statewide pre-registration system to schedule COVID-19 vaccine appointments. That website is myvaccine.fl.gov.

People are asked to go to that site, select DeSoto County and submit their information. 

If you are eligible, you will be contacted when vaccine appointments are available in the county. It may take several weeks before someone calls to schedule an appointment.

To get an appointment by phone, call 866-201-7013.

Some Walmart pharmacies in DeSoto County are offering vaccines. Check Walmart's website for more information, including how to get an appointment.

Hernando County 

As of April 26, all COVID-19 vaccine appointments must be
made by phone, by calling 352-540-6800 and choosing option 7

Phone calls are only accepted on Mondays and Tuesdays for a vaccine appointment scheduled for that same week. Appointments can no longer be made through the Patient Portal website which served the county for just under four months.

Your second dose appointment will be scheduled after you receive your first dose before you leave the vaccination site.

Some Publix, Walmart and Winn-Dixie pharmacies in Hernando County are offering vaccines. Check each store's website for more information, including how to get an appointment.

Highlands County 

The county is vaccinating people who are eligible through a single "point of distribution" at Lakeshore Mall, located at 901 U.S. 27 N. in Sebring.

The county is now using Florida's statewide pre-registration system to get on a waitlist for a COVID-19 vaccine appointment. That website is myvaccine.fl.gov. Or you can call 866-200-3858 if you do not have Internet access.

If you are eligible, you will be contacted when vaccine appointments are available in the county. It may take several weeks before someone calls to schedule an appointment.

Vaccines will be administered through appointments only and the amount available will depend on the number of doses received.

If you received your first dose through the county, staff will contact you at a future date to schedule an appointment for your second dose.

Some Publix, Walmart and Winn-Dixie pharmacies in Highlands County are offering vaccines. Check each store's website for more information, including how to get an appointment.

Hillsborough County  

The county is using Florida's statewide pre-registration system to schedule COVID-19 vaccine appointments. That website is myvaccine.fl.gov.

People are asked to go to that site, select Hillsborough County and submit their information. 

If you are eligible, you will be contacted when vaccine appointments are available in the county. It may take several weeks before someone calls to schedule an appointment.

Or you can call 866-200-3896 or TTY 844-251-5532 if you do not have Internet access. 

"Those who are in need of second shots are strongly encouraged to get their second shot at the same location the first shot was given at," the county wrote in a press release.

A federally-supported COVID vaccination site is open Tampa. The site will be located at the Tampa Greyhound Track on Waters Avenue. You'll sign up on the state's site myvaccine.fl.gov or by calling the designated phone number.

  • 755 E. Waters Ave., Tampa, FL 33604
    Daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (weekends included)
    Carrying out second doses for those who received first dose at site
    Very limited first dose availability
    Offers Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson
    No appointments required
    Very limited supply of 1st dose vaccine availability
    *Starting April 6, only J&J single-shot vaccine will be given at this site. 2nd-dose Pfizer will be still be administered for those who got 1st-dose at the site.

The county also has several county-supported vaccination locations:

  • Vance Vogel Sports Complex -- Extremely limited first dose availability
    13012 Bullfrog Creek Road, Gibsonton, FL 33578
    Wednesday, Thursday, Friday (March 24 – 26) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Offers Pfizer
    Appointments/vehicle required (drive-thru)
    No first dose appointments available this week
    To make an appointment: PatientPortalFL.com

  • Ed Radice Sports Complex -- Extremely limited first dose availability
    14720 Ed Radice Drive, Tampa, FL 33626
    Wednesday, Thursday, Friday (March 24 – 26) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Offers Pfizer
    Appointments/vehicle required (drive-thru)
    No first dose appointments available this week
    To make an appointment: PatientPortalFL.com

  • TPepin’s Hospitality Centre -- Can still receive first dose at this location
    4121 N. 50th Street, Tampa, FL 33610
    Wednesday, Thursday, Friday (March 24 – 26) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Offers Pfizer
    Appointments required
    No vehicle required – indoor walk-up site
    To make an appointment: PatientPortalFL.com

And state-supported vaccination sites:

  • Raymond James Stadium -- Can still receive first dose at this location
    4201 N. Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33607
    Daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    Offers Pfizer
    Appointments/vehicle required (drive-thru)
    To make an appointment: MyVaccine.FL.gov

  • Children's Board
    1002 E Palm Ave, Tampa, FL 33605
    Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    ---Closed 4th Thursday of each month
    ---Closed April 16th
    ---Closed May 14th
    Offers Pfizer
    No appointments required
    No vehicle required (walk-up)
    ---Limited to 250 doses per day

And a veteran vaccination site:

  • USF Yuengling Center: 12499 USF Bull Run Drive, Tampa, FL 33617

Only for Tampa veterans who are not currently enrolled for care at the VA, family members of any veteran and family members of a VA employee. 

To make an appointment click here.

Some Publix, Walmart and Winn-Dixie pharmacies in Hillsborough County are offering vaccines. Check each store's website for more information, including how to get an appointment.

Manatee County  

The county has set up a "COVID-19 vaccination standby pool" for people to pre-register for an appointment. That website is vax.mymanatee.org.

Scheduling also is available by phone by calling 311 (941-748-4501 if dialing outside Manatee County) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

People are asked not to call 311 about their appointment status — 311 will call you when it's time to get an appointment slot.

Florida's statewide pre-registration appointment system is not yet in use in Manatee County.

Some Publix and Winn-Dixie pharmacies in Manatee County are offering vaccines. Check each store's website for more information, including how to get an appointment.

Pasco County 

People are encouraged to visit the health department's own patient portal at patientportalfl.com. That website currently is accepting registrations for a COVID-19 vaccine, and people will be contacted when appointments are available. It might take a few weeks to secure an appointment for your vaccination. 

A phone number also is available to get an appointment: 1-844-770-8548.

The county is not yet participating in Florida's statewide pre-registration appointment system.

Some Publix and Winn-Dixie and Walmart pharmacies in Pasco County are offering vaccines. Check each store's website for more information, including how to get an appointment.

Anyone who received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine through the county 28 days ago or more and has not received their second dose, can go to:

  • Sears at Gulf View Square Mall on Tuesday or Thursday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Saint Leo University on Monday, Wednesday or Friday from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Currently, no appointment is required for a second dose in Pasco County.

Pinellas County

People are encouraged to visit the health department's own patient portal at patientportalfl.com. That website currently is accepting registrations for a COVID-19 vaccine, and people will be contacted if they're selected for an upcoming appointment slot.

Those without internet access can call 844-770-8548.

The county is not yet participating in Florida's statewide pre-registration appointment system.

Walk-up vaccines are being offered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the following Community Health Centers of Pinellas locations:

  • Pinellas Park Center
    7550 43rd St. N.
    Pinellas Park

  • Clearwater Center
    707 Druid Road
    Clearwater

  • Johnnie Ruth Clarke Center
    1344 22nd St. S.
    St. Petersburg

People are asked to bring their Florida ID or proof of Florida residency and insurance card. Uninsured individuals will also receive a vaccine at no cost.

Second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are being administered through four public distribution sites managed by the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas and Pinellas County Fire paramedic teams.

Your second appointment will be scheduled on the portal as you are registering for your first dose appointment.

Some Publix and Walmart pharmacies in Pinellas County are offering vaccines. Check each store's website for more information, including how to get an appointment.

Polk County 

Polk County's COVID-19 vaccine appointment portal at register.polk.health will close April 18, county health department officials say.  

The county's call center at 863-298-7500 will remain open until April 23. 

If you do want to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment in Polk County after April 18, the health department says you'll be able to do so through Lakeland Regional Health. To book an appointment, click here, or call 863-904-1895. Appointments will be available for scheduling 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

The health department says it will transition to hosting walk-up vaccination events on certain days of the week.

Some Publix and Walmart pharmacies in Polk County are offering vaccines. Check each store's website for more information, including how to get an appointment.

RELATED: Polk County's COVID-19 vaccine portal to close Sunday, health department says

Sarasota County 

The Sarasota Department of Health announced it would be creating a new online appointment registration link in order to expand vaccination eligibility.

The website will go live on Mar. 15, while the current Everbridge registration site will no longer accept appointments starting Mar. 12. 

For those who are registered through Everbridge, the county says it will still administer vaccines to those scheduled appointments. 

If you need assistance, call 941-861-VAXS or 941-861-8297. 

The county is not yet participating in Florida's statewide pre-registration appointment system.

People who received the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine are asked not to re-register. The health department will be in contact to set up an appointment.

Some Publix and Winn-Dixie pharmacies in Sarasota County are offering vaccines. Check each store's website for more information, including how to get an appointment.

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