COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Photograph of several vials of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines.

Total people who have received one or both vaccine doses in Pinellas: 135,422 (as of Feb. 23, 2021)

Key things to know about getting the vaccine:

  • Register on the CDR Health Patient Portal, PatientPortalFL.com, or by phone at (844) 770-8548 and you will be contacted to schedule your appointment as appointments become available.
  • Also sign up with a participating pharmacy — their appointments do not go through PatientPortalFL.com.
  • Monitor for news and notifications about availability.

Note: Currently, only healthcare workers and residents 65 and up are eligible per the State of Florida. Vaccine supply is very limited, and you must be a full-time or part-time resident to be vaccinated in Florida.

Point of DistributionHow to get an appointmentStatus
CDR Maguire Patient Portal www.patientportalfl.com   Create an account. You will be contacted to schedule an appointment as new vaccines are available.   Those without internet access can call 844-770-8548 or seek help from a friend or family member who can help with pre-registering online.  Appointments announced via direct notification to pre-registered individuals.   If you have pre-registered, monitor your text messages and/or email regularly for notifications from CDR Health.  
Publix Pharmacieswww.publix.com/covid-vaccine/florida  Check Publix website for latest availability. 
Walmart & Sam’s Club Pharmacies www.walmart.com/covidvaccine
www.samsclub.com/pharmacy
Check websites for latest availability.
CVShttps://www.cvs.com/immunizations/covid-19-vaccineComing soon to Pinellas County. Check CVS website for latest availability.
Select Hospitals and Healthcare CentersHospitals and healthcare centers are reaching out directly to patients for scheduling based on availability. Hospitals have discretion to use a small number of doses for medically vulnerable patients under 65 based on physician prescriptions. Due to limited supply, appointments are provided to the most critical patients first.Patients contacted via direct notification.
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

Where to get the COVID-19 vaccine in Pinellas County 

Note: Currently, only healthcare workers and residents 65 and up are eligible per the State of Florida. Vaccine supply is very limited, and you must be a full-time or part-time resident to be vaccinated in Florida.


CDR Maguire Patient Portal

How to get an appointment: Create an account at www.patientportalfl.com. You will be contacted to schedule an appointment as new vaccines are available. Those without internet access can call 844-770-8548 or seek help from a friend or family member who can help with pre-registering online.

Status: Appointments announced via direct notification to pre-registered individuals. If you have pre-registered, monitor your text messages and/or email regularly for notifications from CDR Health.


Publix Pharmacies

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

Status: Check Publix website for latest availability.


Walmart & Sam’s Clubs

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

Status: Check the Walmart or Sam’s Club websites for latest availability.


Winn-Dixie Pharmacies (coming soon to Pinellas County)

How to get an appointment: To be announced soon.

Status: Federal government has announced these pharmacies will get vaccine doses soon.


CVS Pharmacies (coming soon to Pinellas County)

How to get an appointment: http://www.cvs.com/immunizations/covid-19-vaccine

Status: Check CVS website for latest availability in Pinellas County.


Select Hospitals and Healthcare Centers

How to get an appointment: Hospitals and healthcare centers are reaching out directly to patients for scheduling based on availability. Hospitals have discretion to use a small number of doses for medically vulnerable patients under 65 based on physician assessments. Due to limited supply, appointments are provided to the most critical patients first.

Status: Patients contacted via direct notification.

Patient Portal Appointments: Learn more about what to expect

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.

Important Note: The State of Florida determines vaccine allotments for each county. Pinellas County government does not determine local vaccine distribution channels.

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

I’ve got my appointment. Now what?

If you booked through the Patient Portal, make sure you arrive at your appointment on time, but not early. For more information, visit our What to Expect at Appointments page.

What if I can’t get an appointment?

Register with the Florida Dept. of Health at PatientPortalFL.com or by phone at (844) 770-8548 and you will be contacted to schedule your appointment as appointments become available.

Who can be vaccinated at this time?

During Phase I, Florida’s Governor has prioritized Florida residents 65+, frontline health care workers and long-term care facility residents and staff.

When will people in other groups be allowed to receive the vaccine?

The phases are set by the State of Florida. Pinellas County is working closely with our partners at the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas, as well as local Fire paramedics and hospitals, to help distribute the vaccines supplied as the state makes them available.

When will more appointments become available?

Local agencies expect to receive new supplies of vaccines from the state regularly. Vaccination appointments will be made available based on supply.

Are appointments required?

Yes, appointments are mandatory.

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

The Florida Department of Health requires that vaccines go either to Florida seasonal or full-time residents or to individuals in Florida for the purpose of providing health care services directly to patients as per the State Surgeon General Public Health Advisory. There is not a county residency requirement.

Residents must show either a Florida driver’s license or Florida identification card to receive the vaccine.

If you do not have a Florida driver’s license or ID card, but you are a seasonal or part-time resident who resides here for at least 31 consecutive days, you must provide any TWO of the following to show proof of address:

  • Deed
  • Mortgage, monthly mortgage statement or mortgage payment booklet
  • Residential rental or lease agreement
  • Proof of residential address from a parent, step-parent, legal guardian or other person with whom you seasonally reside, and a statement from that person confirming your residency.
  • Utility bill*
  • Utility hook-up work order*
  • Mail from financial institution (checking, savings or investment account statement)*
  • Mail from local, state or federal government*

*Cannot be more than 2 months old

Can I get my vaccine at Publix or another pharmacy?

Some Publix, Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club pharmacies in Pinellas County are offering vaccine appointments based on shipment of vaccines provided by the State of Florida. Appointments can only be made at these stores’ respective websites. All patients will be required to show proof of Florida residency. Appointment times will only be visible when appointments are available.

I am a snowbird. Can I get the vaccine?

You are eligible to get the vaccine if you reside in the state for at least 31 consecutive days and can provide TWO of the following to show proof of address:
• Deed
• Mortgage, monthly mortgage statement or mortgage payment booklet
• Residential rental or lease agreement
• Proof of residential address from a parent, step-parent, legal guardian or other person with whom you seasonally reside
• Utility bill*
• Utility hook-up work order within past 60 days
• Mail from financial institution (checking, savings or investment account statement)*
• Mail from local, state or federal government*
*Cannot be more than 2 months old

I received my first dose of the vaccine in Florida but I am not a resident. Can I get my second dose?

If you received the first dose of the vaccine in Florida, you will be allowed to receive the second dose, regardless of your residency status.

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

No. You must get your second vaccine dose in the state where you received your first dose.

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 vaccines currently available in Florida require two doses to be effective. Those eligible for the initial vaccine dose will be advised when to return for their second dose.

How will I know when I should return for the second dose of the vaccine?

Your second appointment will be scheduled on the portal as you are registering for your first dose appointment. It is important to follow the instructions exactly as they are provided to you so that the vaccine administered in the follow-up injection is the same kind as the initial dose, and to achieve maximum effectiveness of the vaccine.

How can I get proof I was vaccinated?

You will be given a vaccination card which states which doses you have received.

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 Florida residency (state driver’s license or other official documents, such as a deed, rental agreement or utility bill)
  • 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.

Should I arrive early for my appointment?

No. Please arrive at the time of your scheduled appointment. Do not arrive ahead of your scheduled appointment time. Those arriving ahead of schedule will be turned away and instructed to return at their scheduled time. Some locations around the state have experienced delays because of early birds lining up ahead of their scheduled time and being instructed to return later.

If I made the appointment as a caretaker for an elderly person, can I get the details for the follow-up dose sent to me?

If you made the appointment on the Patient Portal, a QR code confirming the appointment details will be sent to the email and/or cell phone number you indicated.

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 – (Happening now)

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 or later*

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 or later*

Ample Supply of Vaccine Availability

  • Vaccine Available to the General Public

*Date ranges are subject to change. Priority and Phases are determined by the amount of vaccine the state and county receives.

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.

What does the State of Florida’s online waiting list mean for me in Pinellas County?

According to the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County, the State of Florida has released information about a registration system at https://myvaccine.fl.gov/. Registering at that site does not replace signing up at the Patient Portal (www.patientportalfl.com). Signing up on the state’s My Vaccine system is optional and will not get you an appointment in Pinellas because the system is not yet in use in our county. Only a limited of number of counties are currently using the State portal.


More Vaccine Information


Important Note: Pinellas County Mask Ordinance Remains in Effect

Even after receiving a vaccine, residents and visitors are required to abide by the Pinellas County Mask Ordinance. The CDC recommends everyone to continue using all the tools available to help stop this pandemic, including covering your mouth and nose with a mask, washing hands often, and staying at least 6 feet away from others.


Vaccine Manufacturer Background

Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine

  • The Pfizer vaccine was distributed to health departments, hospitals and other health providers for residents 65 and up, long-term care facilities and frontline health care workers.
  • The Pfizer vaccine requires extraordinary storage capabilities.
  • The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is a 2-dose series separated by 21 days authorized for individuals age 16 and older by the FDA.
  • For more information and general FAQ’s regarding the Pfizer vaccine: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/info-by-product/pfizer/pfizer-bioNTech-faqs.html

Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine

  • Some Pinellas County health care providers are distributing the Moderna vaccine.
  • The Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on December 18, 2020 allows the Moderna vaccine to be distributed in the U.S. for vaccination of individuals age 18 and older.
  • The Moderna vaccine is a 2-dose series, with doses separated by 28 days.
  • For more information including a list of hospitals that received the Moderna vaccine thus far, please refer to the announcement by Governor DeSantis.
  • FAQ’s regarding mRNA vaccines and the Moderna vaccine: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/info-by-product/moderna/moderna-faqs.html

The US Food and Drug Administration released factsheets for receivers and caregivers about both vaccines in multiple languages so everyone can be as informed as possible about these vaccines:

NEW! CDC Information about the Vaccine

  • COVID-19 Vaccines and Severe Allergic Reactions – click here
  • Information about the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine – click here
  • Information about the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine – click here