Covid 19 Vaccine

Individuals Age 50-Plus Can Make Appointments for Vaccinations at Hillsborough County Site

HILLSBOROUGH, Fla. – Individuals age 50 and older can now make appointments to receive a COVID-19 coronavirus vaccination later this week at Hillsborough County’s public vaccination site at TPepin’s Hospitality Centre, 4121 N. 50th St. in Tampa.

Vaccine eligibility has been expanded to all individuals in the 50 to 59 age group in alignment with the governor’s Executive Order 21-67.

In addition to this new age group, others eligible for a vaccine at the TPepin’s site include:

  • Health care personnel with direct patient contact
  • Pre-K through Grade 12 school employees (public, private, and charter)
  • Persons deemed medically vulnerable by a physician. These individuals must bring the COVID-19 Determination of Extreme Vulnerability form, completed and signed by a physician.

Appointments are mandatory. Florida residency is required. To make an appointment, go to the CDR Health Pro portal at patientportalfl.com.

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Up to now, age eligibility was limited to 60 and older. According to the U.S.

Census Bureau, there are approximately 187,500 people in Hillsborough County in the age range of 50 to 59.

The TPepin’s vaccination site is an indoor location. Registration, vaccinations, and observation all take place inside the building. Enter the parking area via Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

For important details about being vaccinated at a Hillsborough County site, including what to bring and what to expect, go to HCFLGov.net/vaccine and click on the County link.

The County’s other public vaccination sites at Vance Vogel Sports Complex and Ed Radice Sports Complex will be undertaking second-dose operations this week for people with previously-scheduled appointments.

Important Information Regarding County-Run Vaccination Sites Vaccinations at dispensing sites operated by Hillsborough County are by appointment only and are only available for members of the qualifying groups.

Persons without appointments and without proof of eligibility will not receive a vaccine and will be turned away.

There are two steps to make an appointment. Create an account on CDR Health Pro by visiting patientportalfl.com. You must create an account before you can book an appointment. Then, choose from available appointments for the first dose. The system will automatically assign a date and time for the second dose. If there are no appointments available, keep checking back.

Persons not yet eligible for vaccination should not make an appointment. For eligibility questions, email DOHHillsboroughPHP@flhealth.gov.

There is no out-of-pocket cost to be vaccinated. A doctor’s note or prescription is not required. Health insurance information is being collected in accordance with federal guidance; however, you will not be asked to pay a copay or deductible. Individuals who do not have health insurance will still be vaccinated.

Other Vaccination Options

James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital & Clinics and the Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County have joined forces to make vaccines available to the following community members who meet State of Florida guidelines and who are:

  • A Veteran NOT currently enrolled (not currently a patient receiving care in the Tampa VA) or
  • A family member of any veterans – patient of Tampa VA or not
  • A family member of a Tampa VA employee

Tampa VA is administering vaccines by appointment only. Those who meet both sets of criteria to receive the vaccine should visit tampava.eventbrite.com to schedule an appointment.

There are numerous sites throughout Hillsborough County that are currently administering the vaccine to eligible individuals. Visit HCFLGov.net/vaccine to find links to options, including health care providers and pharmacies.

Face Coverings Mandate Remains in Effect The mandate that face coverings must be worn in indoor locations of businesses, with certain exceptions, remains in effect. Wearing face coverings in outdoor areas of bars and restaurants is strongly encouraged. For more information, go to HCFLGov.net/facecoverings.

For more information on COVID-19, and any other potential emergency in the county, visit HCFLGov.net/StaySafe and sign up for the HCFL Alert system.

Additionally, you can follow Hillsborough County on social media at Facebook, Twitter, and Nextdoor for updates. For general County information, call (813) 272-5900, the County’s main information line.

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