Covid 19 Vaccine Coronavirus

Hillsborough County Set to Expand Vaccine Operations for Residents Age 65+

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. – Hillsborough County, in partnership with the Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County, is set to expand its vaccination efforts to residents age 65 and older this week.

Based on a transfer of 3,000 doses from Tampa General Hospital, a partner in the County’s COVID-19 mitigation efforts, as well as additional vaccine anticipated to arrive from the State of Florida this week, Hillsborough will be providing a total of 9,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to the vulnerable population of residents age 65 and older.

Appointments are mandatory for residents age 65 and older to get the first of two vaccine injections. Appointments can be made online at beginning today, Monday, Jan. 4. Residents can make an appointment for the vaccination site most convenient for them. For residents without internet access, appointments also are available by calling (888) 755-2822. The phone line will be open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

There will be no vaccines for residents without appointments, and there is no waiting list.

The doses will be distributed at four vaccine distribution sites strategically located across the county beginning on Wednesday, Jan 6.

This week’s schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, Jan. 6

  • Strawberry Festival Fairgrounds, 2700 W. Risk St., Plant City, FL 33563
  • Ed Radice Sports Complex, 14720 Ed Radice Drive, Tampa, FL 33626      

Thursday, Jan. 7

  • University Mall (parking lot), 2200 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa, FL 33612   
  • Vance Vogel Sports Complex, 13012 Bullfrog Creek Road, Gibsonton, FL 33534

Friday, Jan. 8

  • University Mall (parking lot)
  • Strawberry Festival Fairgrounds
  • Ed Radice Sports Complex

Saturday, Jan. 9

  • University Mall (parking lot)
  • Strawberry Festival Fairgrounds

These sites were chosen for their geographic diversity, available resources, and population density of residents age 65 and older. Details about access to the vaccine distribution sites will be given to residents upon appointment confirmation. Subsequent weeks’ schedules will be based on vaccine supply.

The State of Florida has made about 74,000 vaccines available for health care partners across Hillsborough County, including Tampa General Hospital, BayCare Health System, CVS, and Walgreens.

Hillsborough County Emergency Management also is coordinating with the State for mobile distribution of vaccines to group homes and independent living facilities that meet the State’s criteria.

Hillsborough County expects new supplies of vaccines from the state weekly, and vaccination appointments will be made available based on supply. As a reminder, Hillsborough County is in Phase I of the vaccine distribution plan as outlined and directed by the Governor of Florida. Phase I is categorized by limited supply of vaccine availability and is focused on long-term care facilities (residents and staff); front line healthcare workers; and persons 65 years and over. Limited availability is anticipated over the next several weeks.


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