ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Per the executive order issued by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County will begin distributing COVID-19 vaccines to those 65 years or older starting Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021.
Due to the limited supply of vaccines arriving in county and the need to distribute these to those 65 years or older in an orderly fashion, registration will be required for those wishing to receive a vaccination. No vaccines will be administered without a registration. The registration process will begin at noon on Monday, Jan 4. To register, residents should:
1) Visit http://pinellas.floridahealth.gov and follow the instructions to register for an appointment to receive the vaccine.
2) Those without internet access, call (727) 824-6900, option 4 for assistance. Please be advised there may be an extended wait time.
3) Residents are encouraged to print and complete the consent form from the website in order to receive the vaccine. Paperwork will also be available on site.
4) Vaccines will be administered at the Health Department offices. Those receiving vaccines will be asked to wait for 15 minutes after the shot to monitor for potential adverse effects.
5) Information about how to receive the second dose of the vaccine will be issued at the time of the vaccine.
Those registering to receive a vaccine must bring a form of identification with their birth date indicating that they are age 65 or older and agree to be in Pinellas County to receive their second dose of the vaccine in 21 days.
Those who are unable may be excluded from receiving the vaccine.
The Department has identified the following locations where vaccines will be administered:
- Clearwater Health Center, 310 N. Myrtle Avenue in Clearwater
- Mid-County Health Center, 8175 Ulmerton Road in Largo
- St. Petersburg Health Center, 205 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street N. in St. Petersburg
While the arrival of COVID-19 vaccines is an important first step toward curbing the virus, it’s still important to take all necessary precautions to protect against its spread. Wear a mask, wash hands frequently or use a hand sanitizer, maintain social distance from others and stay home if you are feeling ill.
For information about DOH-Pinellas, go to www.PinellasHealth.com or follow us on Twitter @HealthyPinellas. We are also on Nextdoor and Facebook for health messaging.