COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Total people who have received one or both vaccine doses in Pinellas: 644,645 (as of Nov. 4, 2021)

Where to get the vaccine:

Update (11/19/21): COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shot Expanded Availability

If you received the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine:
The CDC recommends that people in the following groups should receive a booster shot of the COVID-19 vaccine at least six months after completion of their two-dose Pfizer or Moderna series:

  • People ages 50 years and older
  • Adults 18+ living in long-term care settings

People who may receive a COVID-19 vaccine booster include:

  • People ages 18 years and older

If you received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine:

The CDC recommends that people in the following groups should receive a booster shot of the COVID-19 vaccine at least two months after receiving their Johnson & Johnson vaccine:

  • People ages 18 years and older

You may choose which COVID-19 vaccine you receive as a booster shot; it does not have to be the same vaccine type as the one you originally received.

You can talk to your healthcare provider about whether getting a booster shot is appropriate for you.

The booster is available for free at retail pharmacies, even if you were vaccinated at a County-run site. Take your vaccine card with you to your booster shot appointment.

Learn more about the CDC’s guidance on COVID-19 vaccine boosters

Update (11/4/21): CDC approves Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5+

The CDC has now approved a lower dose Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5 and older. The vaccine is currently being made available at pediatricians’ offices, local pharmacies and Florida Dept. of Health locations. Check for availability. For more information, see the CDC’s recommendation.

Update (8/23/21): The FDA has announced full approval for Pfizer vaccine for ages 16+. Learn more.

Sign up for a free vaccine with a participating pharmacy or other community site (see list of distribution sites below). The vaccine is completely free of charge for everyone.

Important Reminder: Stay safe until your vaccine reaches full effectiveness:

  • Pfizer and Moderna vaccines take up to 2 weeks after the 2nd dose for full effectiveness; 1-dose Johnson & Johnson can take up to 28 days.
  • All three vaccines are highly effective at preventing life-threatening illness, but they do not offer 100% protection from catching or spreading COVID-19; no vaccine gives 100% protection.
  • While the virus continues to spread, mask-wearing and social distancing are still important safety protocols.

Vaccine Facts

Hundreds of millions of people have received the approved vaccines, which have proven highly effective at preventing life-threatening cases.

Got questions? Ask your doctor or someone you trust who has taken the vaccine.

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Point of DistributionHow to get an appointmentEvenings/Weekends
Florida Dept. of Health in Pinellas County CentersAppointments available for 5+ at St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Mid-County and Pinellas Park locations. Schedule by calling (727) 824-6931.

Publix Pharmacieswww.publix.com/covid-vaccine/florida  
Walmart & Sam’s Club Pharmacies www.walmart.com/covidvaccine
www.samsclub.com/pharmacy
Costco https://book.appointment-plus.com/d133yng2/#/
CVShttps://www.cvs.com/immunizations/covid-19-vaccine or call (800) 746-7287
Winn-Dixie https://www.winndixie.com/pharmacy/covid-vaccine
Walgreenshttps://www.walgreens.com/findcare/vaccination/covid-19
VeteransVeterans of all ages and health conditions who receive care from Bay Pines VA Healthcare System can get a COVID-19 vaccination Monday-Friday. Call 727-395-2400 or visit: https://www.baypines.va.gov/services/covid-19-vaccines.asp
Spouses and caretakers are also eligible for vaccines through the VA.
Homebound VeteransGov. Ron DeSantis has directed the Florida Department of Health and the Florida Division of Emergency Management to coordinate with the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs to identify veterans of World War II and the Korean War who are unable to travel to receive a vaccine.

Visit https://www.floridavets.org/homeboundveterans
or call (850) 487-1533, extension 9
NEWHome DeliveryDeliveRxd Pharmacy is offering in-home vaccinations in Pinellas & Hillsborough for those who can’t or prefer to not leave home. No out-of-pocket costs. Call 813-932-6266.

Where to get the COVID-19 vaccine in Pinellas County 

Note: Homebound residents can let the Florida Department of Emergency Management (FDEM) know they are in need by emailing HomeboundVaccine@em.myflorida.com. Vaccine supply is very limited, and you must be a full-time or part-time resident to be vaccinated in Florida.


Florida Dept. of Health in Pinellas County Centers

Appointments available for 5+ at St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Mid-County and Pinellas Park locations. Schedule by calling (727) 824-6931.


Publix Pharmacies

How to get an appointment: www.publix.com/covid-vaccine/florida  

Evening & weekend hours available


Walmart & Sam’s Clubs

How to get an appointment: www.walmart.com/covidvaccine
www.samsclub.com/pharmacy

Evening & weekend hours available


Costco

How to get an appointment: https://book.appointment-plus.com/d133yng2/#/

Evening & weekend hours available


Winn-Dixie Pharmacies

How to get an appointment: https://www.winndixie.com/pharmacy/covid-vaccine

Evening & weekend hours available


CVS Pharmacies

How to get an appointment: http://www.cvs.com/immunizations/covid-19-vaccine or call (800) 746-7287

Evening & weekend hours available


Walgreens

How to get an appointment: https://www.walgreens.com/findcare/vaccination/covid-19

Evening & weekend hours available


Home Delivery

DeliveRxd Pharmacy is offering in-home vaccinations in Pinellas & Hillsborough for those who can’t or prefer to not leave home. No out-of-pocket costs. Call 813-932-6266.


Homebound Veterans

Gov. Ron DeSantis has directed the Florida Department of Health and the Florida Division of Emergency Management to coordinate with the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs to identify veterans of World War II and the Korean War who are unable to travel to receive a vaccine.

Visit https://www.floridavets.org/homeboundveterans
or call (850) 487-1533, extension 9

How vaccines are distributed in Florida

Infographic illustrating how COVID-19 vaccines are distributed from the state government to hospitals, pharmacies, community health centers and the Florida Department of Health. The graphic notes that there are about 980,000 Pinellas County residents, about 250,000 of which of are age 65+ or in long-term care facilities or nursing homes.

The state and federal government also plan to open occasional vaccination sites or hold vaccination events in targeted locations. These will be small sites intended to reach specific groups and will be publicized for those residents.


Frequently Asked Questions

Who can be vaccinated at this time?

Anyone five years of age and older.

What about the booster shot for the COVID-19 vaccine?

If you received the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine:
The CDC recommends that people in the following groups should receive a booster shot of the COVID-19 vaccine at least six months after completion of their two-dose Pfizer or Moderna series:

  • People ages 50 years and older
  • Adults 18+ living in long-term care settings

People who may receive a COVID-19 vaccine booster include:

  • People ages 18 years and older

If you received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine:

The CDC recommends that people in the following groups should receive a booster shot of the COVID-19 vaccine at least two months after receiving their Johnson & Johnson vaccine:

  • People ages 18 years and older

You may choose which COVID-19 vaccine you receive as a booster shot; it does not have to be the same vaccine type as the one you originally received.

You can talk to your healthcare provider about whether getting a booster shot is appropriate for you.

The booster is available for free at retail pharmacies, even if you were vaccinated at a County-run site. Take your vaccine card with you to your booster shot appointment.

Learn more about the CDC’s guidance on COVID-19 vaccine boosters

To find where vaccines are being given near you, please visit www.vaccines.gov

I lost my vaccine card. Can I get a replacement?

If you lost your card, there are options for getting proof of your COVID-19 vaccination.

Public Site/Patient Portal

If you received your vaccine at a Pinellas County public site booked through www.patientportalfl.com, log in with your user name (most likely your email address) and password; if you forgot your password, select “Forgot Password” and a temporary password will be sent to you. Once logged in, click “Vaccination” on the top tool bar then select the down arrow to “My VVR” to find your vaccination record.

You can also email: Vaccine.Records@CDRHealth.com

Pharmacy/Private Health Provider/Other

If you received your vaccination at a pharmacy or private health care provider, they should be able to look up your records and make a new card. The Florida Department of Health or your personal physician can also pull your record from the Florida Shots database.

Is transportation available to vaccine sites?

There are several transportation options available.

Neighborly offers free rides to adults 60 and over for medical appointments including vaccines. Visit https://neighborly.org/transportation/ to register. The medical appointment must be within 10 miles of your home, and you must book a ride at least two days in advance of the appointment. Anyone needing wheelchair assistance must book at least a week in advance. Rides are available from 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. For more information visit https://neighborly.org/ or call (727) 573-9444.

The Area Agency on Aging helps Pinellas seniors find free or low cost local transportation via their Helpline at 1-800-963-5337.

If you have Medicaid, you can get a free ride to and from your vaccine appointment. Once your shot is scheduled, call your health plan provider to get the name and phone number for your transportation service. If you are not in a health plan, call the Medicaid help line at 1-877-254-1055 to be connected with a transportation service.

You should schedule your ride at least three business days before your appointment, and be prepared to provide the following information: full name; Medicaid identification number; addresses of pickup and drop off locations; date of birth; name of health plan (if you are enrolled in one); date and time of your appointment; and your phone number.

You may have someone travel with you if it is medically necessary. Be sure to call the transportation service if your appointment is canceled or rescheduled.

Are appointments required?

Check with the clinic or health provider.

Do I need to be a Pinellas County resident to receive the vaccine?

No, anyone five and older is eligible for a vaccine.

Can I get my vaccine at Publix or another pharmacy?

Many Publix, CVS, Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club and Walgreens pharmacies in Pinellas County are offering vaccines. Appointments can only be made at these stores’ respective websites or by phone.

I am a snowbird. Can I get the vaccine?

Yes, anyone five and older is eligible to receive the vaccine.

I received my first vaccine dose in another state. Can I get my second dose in Florida?

Yes, anyone five and older is eligible to receive the vaccine, but remember to bring your vaccination card.

Do I have to pay for the vaccine?

No, the State of Florida is offering the vaccine at no cost. Insurance is not required, though you may be asked to enter your insurance information during registration. Providing it is optional.

How many doses will I receive?

The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses to be effective. Those eligible for the initial vaccine dose will be advised when to return for their second dose. The Johnson and Johnson vaccine is a single-dose vaccine. You will be informed what vaccine you are receiving when you arrive for your scheduled appointment.

How can I get proof I was vaccinated?

You will be given a vaccination card which states which doses you have received. Keep your card – it is not easy to get a replacement and some areas require proof of vaccination to travel.

What do I need to bring with me to the appointment?

  • A photo ID with your name and date of birth (for example: Florida driver’s license, state-issued ID, or passport) 
  • Proof of your appointment (printed copy or screenshot of the confirmation email, or text message with QR code the portal automatically generates) 
  • Vaccine consent form provided during appointment scheduling
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that people wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth when receiving any vaccine, including a COVID-19 vaccine. Anyone who has trouble breathing or is unable to remove a mask without assistance should not wear a mask.

What should I do if I have a reaction to the vaccine when I get home?

Follow the instructions provided during your visit. If you have a medical emergency, call 9-1-1.


COVID-19 Vaccine: What You Need to Know

The FDA has approved three vaccines under an Emergency Use Authorization in the United States: Pfizer-BioNTech (2 dose), Moderna (2-dose), and Johnson & Johnson (1 dose).

Update: As of Aug. 23, 2021, the FDA has also given full approval to the Pfizer vaccine for those 16 and older. For more information, see the FDA announcement or FAQ.

Vaccine facts

  • Vaccine safety tested through rigorous clinical trials; hundreds of millions of people who have taken the approved vaccines worldwide.
  • Highly effective at protecting you from severe cases of COVID-19.
  • Most side effects are mild, including pain in the arm where you got the shot, feeling tired, headache, body aches, chills, and fever, lasting 1 or 2 days.

For detailed answers about vaccine efficacy, safety, and side effects, check out these pages:

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