TAMPA, Fla — As COVID-19 vaccine shipments continue to arrive in Florida, the state is expanding distribution efforts to reach more people.
The rollout got off to a rocky start, leaving some people confused as to where to sign up for an appointment. Issues continue to persist, with demand still outpacing supply.
However, a growing list of locations -- including county health departments, federal vaccination sites and retail stores -- are increasing the availability of where to get a shot.
Currently, the only people eligible to receive the vaccine in Florida are health care workers, residents and staff of long-term care facilities and people age 65 and older, according to the Department of Health. On Feb. 26, Gov. Ron DeSantis added people under 65 deemed "extremely vulnerable" to COVID-19 by a physician to the list of those eligible to get the shot.
K-12 school employees, law enforcement officers and firefighters above the age of 50 also are eligible. Many retailers are offering vaccines to any teacher regardless of age, however.
If you fall into one of these categories, here's where you can book an appointment:
County health departments
A statewide pre-registration appointment website for vaccines is live at myvaccine.fl.gov. However, at this time, not every county is participating.
The Florida Department of Health also has a running list of vaccine locations on its website, where you can filter results by county and city.
We break down what each county in the Tampa Bay area is doing to distribute vaccines at this link here.
Federal, state vaccination sites
There are four vaccination sites across Florida operating through a federal and state partnership. They are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day.
Appointments can be made through the statewide pre-registration site at myvaccine.fl.gov.
The sites are located at the following addresses:
➡️ Tampa Greyhound Track
755 E. Waters Ave.
Tampa, FL 33604
With satellite sites:
➡️ Larry Sanders Sports Complex
5855 S. 78th St.
Tampa, FL 33619
Operating March 3-6
➡️ Hillsborough Community College - Brandon Campus
10451 Nancy Watkins Drive
Tampa, FL 33619
Operating March 7-10
➡️ Lake Maude Park
1751 7th St. NE.
Winter Haven, FL 33881
Operating March 3-10
➡️ Tampa Family Health Centers
12085 W. Hillsborough Ave.
Tampa, FL 33635
4620 N. 22nd St.
Tampa, FL 33610
Opening Thursday, March 4, by drive-through -- no appointment necessary.
➡️ Valencia College (West Campus)
1800 S. Kirkman Road
Orlando, FL 32811
➡️ Gateway Mall
5200 Norwood Ave.
Jacksonville, FL 32208
➡️ Miami Dade Community College (North Campus)
11380 NW 27th Ave.
Miami, FL 33167
At least 80 CVS pharmacies are offering COVID-19 by appointment only in Florida.
People can visit the company's website here and scroll down the page to "Florida." From there, the site shows which city/town is offering appointments and whether any are available or if that location is fully booked.
Following a questionnaire, people can continue scheduling an appointment at CVS.
More information about the company's appointment availability can be found here.
CVS is now vaccinating all teachers, regardless of age, per President Biden's guidelines.
The supermarket chain is offering COVID-19 vaccines at many of its pharmacy locations, including every county in the Tampa Bay area.
Vaccine appointments at Publix only can be made online at this link here, not by calling the store or going in person. The company lists every county offering the vaccine and whether appointments are available, none available or if they're fully booked at the given time.
A person must provide proof of residency prior to receiving their first dose, which includes a Flordia driver's license, ID card or two supporting documents, like a mortgage statement or financial record.
More information on booking and appointment availability can be found here.
Walmart and Sam's Club
Walmart and Sam's Club pharmacies are offering the COVID-19 vaccine at more than 175 stores in counties across the state of Florida.
The company is putting an emphasis on locations that reach customers in underserved communities, hoping to fill in the areas not covered by Publix.
You can find which Walmart pharmacies are administering the vaccine at this link here and the list of Sam's Club pharmacies at this link here. Use the company's websites to schedule an appointment, if available.
You do not have to be a Sam's Club member to receive the free COVID-19 vaccine.
Winn-Dixie's parent company Southeastern Grocers is offering Moderna vaccines to people who are eligible at clinics and pharmacies across Florida.
A "schedule appointment" button on the company's website will activate if appointments are available.
To save time, people are encouraged to download, print and fill out this COVID-19 vaccine consent form and bring it to the scheduled appointment.
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