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Posted on: January 15, 2021

2/10 Update: Covid-19 Vaccines

Covid-19 Vaccines

Important Note: The State of Florida is distributing vaccine supplies to hospitals, health centers, pharmacies, health department offices, Publix stores, and other agencies. Pinellas County government does not determine local vaccine distribution channels.

Feb. 9, 2021

Pinellas County officials have announced an improved process for individuals 65+ to book their COVID-19 vaccine appointments. The process will no longer involve open calls to all users, but rather direct notifications to smaller groups of users based on the number of available doses.

·       Residents 65 and older who have pre-registered through CDR Health Pro Patient Portal will receive a text and/or email as vaccine appointments become available. There will be no more open calls.

·       Residents will need to book appointments for both doses within 48 hours of the notification.

·       Only enough people to cover for the available vaccine supply will be contacted.

 

For residents who have pre-registered

Residents 65 and older who have created accounts through the CDR Health Pro Patient Portal (www.patientportalfl.com) should frequently monitor their text messages and/or emails, whichever they provided in the CDR Health portal, for a direct notification. The notification will include instructions for scheduling their vaccination as new appointments become available in the coming weeks. For now, people will be contacted in the order in which they signed up.

 

The process is summarized below:

·       Monitor for a direct notification from CDR Health. Only one notification will be provided. Reminders will not be sent.

·       Log in, enter the requested information and book first and second dose appointments. Users will have 48 hours to complete the booking.

·       Keep the appointment. Due to limited supply and high demand, rescheduling is not available. Prioritize accordingly.

There are approximately 60,000 residents pre-registered in the system who have not yet scheduled an appointment.

 

For residents who have not yet pre-registered:

Residents 65+ should pre-register on the website (www.patientportalfl.com) or call 844-770-8548 to create an account or get help. When registering, opt in to both email and text alerts when possible. Individuals without immediate computer or cell phone access are encouraged to have a friend or family member pre-register them and monitor for the notification.

To date, more than 94,000 people have received at least their first dose of the vaccine in Pinellas County, around 9.5 percent of the county’s population.

For more information on local vaccine distribution and availability updates, visit https://link.zixcentral.com/u/e5c32b22/FJ5pbLpr6xGMAr7phnsoMg?u=https%3A%2F%2Fcovid19.pinellascounty.org%2Fvaccines



On Tuesday, Governor DeSantis announced additional vaccine sites across Florida through the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program.  The program will begin offering COVID-19 vaccines on Friday, February 12 at 490 pharmacy locations across 52 counties. In accordance with Executive Order 20-315, these sites will offer the COVID-19 vaccine to all individuals 65 years of age and older, as well as frontline health care workers. These allocations are additional doses to the state’s weekly allocations to supplement existing COVID-19 vaccination efforts. All locations listed will receive their vaccine doses directly from the federal government and the federal government determines allocations for each location. For the first week of the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program, the state is expecting to receive 65,300 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. Future allocations through this program will be announced as they become available. Appointments are required at each location and can be made on the pharmacy’s website. Designated websites for each location include:

The number of sites and the counties they are located in are as follows:

  • Publix – 593 locations (324 current, 269 new) (Alachua, Bay, Brevard, Charlotte, Citrus, Clay, Collier, Columbia, DeSoto, Duval,  Escambia, Flagler, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian River, Lake, Lee, Leon, Manatee, Marion, Martin, Monroe, Nassau, Okaloosa, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Santa Rosa, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Johns, St. Lucie, Sumter, Suwanee, Volusia and Walton)
  • Walmart and Sam’s Club – 119 locations (Alachua, Baker, Bay, Bradford, Brevard, Broward, Citrus, Clay, Collier, Columbia, DeSoto, Duval, Escambia, Gadsden, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Lee, Leon, Marion, Miami-Dade, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Santa Rosa, St. Lucie, Sumter, Wakulla)
  • Winn-Dixie – 43 locations (Alachua, Baker, Bay, Bradford, Brevard, Charlotte, Citrus, Clay, Collier, Duval, Escambia, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian River, Jackson, Lake, Madison, Manatee, Marion, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Okaloosa, Pasco, Putnam, Sarasota, Sumter, Volusia)

Hours and operations vary per site. Websites for each pharmacy will have additional information regarding hours of operations.

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