COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Total people who have received one or both vaccine doses in Pinellas: 582,178 (as of Sept. 9, 2021)

Where to get the vaccine:

Update (9/14/21) COVID-19 Vaccine boosters available for immunocompromised: The CDC currently recommends a third dose of the Pfizer or Moderna (mRNA) vaccines for those who are immunocompromised, which 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 third dose appointment.

The CDC is evaluating the need for booster shots for the general public and is expected to have a recommendation this fall. Now is a good time to locate your vaccine record to verify the type of vaccine you received and the date of your last dose. Learn more.

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.

Pfizer approved for age 12 and up

  • Minors as young as 12 are eligible for the two-dose Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine under an Emergency Use Authorization per the FDA.
  • A signed Vaccine Consent Form is required before the vaccine is given.
  • They must be accompanied by a parent or caretaker during their appointment.

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 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 can be scheduled by calling (727) 824-6931.

Starting May 17, DOH-Pinellas will begin offering vaccines by appointment at St. Petersburg, Clearwater and Mid-County centers. Appointments available at St. Petersburg and Clearwater on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; Mid-County appointments will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Pinellas Park location will also offer appointments after May 24.


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 12 and older.

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

The current recommendation from the CDC is that people who are immunocompromised can get a third dose of the Pfizer or Moderna (mRNA) vaccines at a nearby retail pharmacy.  For details, please visit here (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations/immuno.html).  

For information about a third dose for the general public who have received the mRNA vaccines, the CDC is evaluating the need for a booster and should have a recommendation in the fall. While we are waiting for guidance, now is a good time to get your record to verify the type of vaccine you received and when your last dose was administered. For more information, please visit here (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/booster-shot.html).

For those who have received the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, there are currently no plans for a booster dose. For more information, please read this joint statement from the CDC and FDA here.  (https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2021/s0818-covid-19-booster-shots.html).

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

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?

Most pharmacies require appointments, but some are now offering walk up vaccinations.

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

No, anyone 12 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 vaccine appointments. Appointments can only be made at these stores’ respective websites or by phone.

I am a snowbird. Can I get the vaccine?

Yes, anyone 12 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 12 and older is eligible to receive the vaccine.

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.

When will the vaccine be available to more people?

The phases below are taken from the vaccine prioritization plan approved by Florida’s Governor:

Phase 1 –

Limited Supply of Vaccine Availability

  • Healthcare personnel with direct patient contact
  • Long-term care facilities (residents and staff)
  • Persons 65 years and older

Phase 2 – Begins March 3

Significant Increase of Vaccine Availability

  • Critical organizations (As identified by the Governor of Florida)
  • Vulnerable populations (People who are at higher risk of severe illness)

Phase 3 Begins April 5

Ample Supply of Vaccine Availability

  • Vaccine Available to the General Public 18 and older (12+ for Pfizer)

Children under 12

No date has yet been announced for approving the vaccine for children in this age group.

How does the vaccine get from the federal government to Pinellas County?

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.


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.

Note: As of April 23, 2021, the CDC has lifted the pause in administration of Johnson & Johnson after determining it is safe and effective in preventing COVID-19. More info available at https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2021/fda-cdc-lift-vaccine-use.html.

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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