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

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.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' executive order states Phase 1 priority groups are frontline health care workers and people who work or live at a long-term care facility. 

People who are 65 and older are also eligible to receive vaccinations.

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 

People are encouraged to visit the health department's own patient portal at patientportalfl.com. The next window to book appointments is not yet available.

You can also call 844-770-8548.  

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

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. 

On March 3, a federally supported COVID vaccination site will open in Tampa. The site will be located at the Tampa Greyhound Track on Waters Ave. You'll sign up on the state's site myvaccine.fl.gov or by calling the designated phone number.

RELATED: Tampa receives new federally supported COVID vaccination site

The COVID-19 vaccination site at University Mall will reopen on March 1 at Raymond James Stadium. The testing site at the stadium will switch places and open at University Mall March 2.

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Those who received the first COVID-19 at the University Mall must have an appointment for their second dose.

If an individual has not been contacted for their second dose appointment and it is past the date listed on their CDC vaccination card, they can visit myvaccine.fl.gov and provide their contact information and select the box that says, “Are you seeking your first dose?” and select, “No, I am seeking my second dose,” from the drop-down menu.

RELATED: University Mall COVID-19 vaccine site sees second day of long lines

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.

The county asks for patience as it will take "at least several weeks" to vaccinate over 250,000 people age 65 and over in the county.

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 

People are encouraged to visit the health department's own patient portal at register.polk.health. That website currently is accepting registrations for a COVID-19 vaccine.

A phone number also is available to get an appointment: 863-298-7500.

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

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.

Sarasota County 

The Sarasota Department of Health is accepting appointment registrations through Everbridge. After signing up, you can log in to you account to review or update your information.

For those who are registered, a round of first dose appointment notifications went out on Feb. 15 for appointments this week. Second dose appointment notifications will be sent out Feb. 16 -17.

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.

receive a call, text and/or email to confirm an appointment date and time. 

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.

Right now, there have not been any detailed plans released by health department officials in Hardee County. This story will be updated to reflect its vaccination plan when we get them. 

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