COVID-19 Vaccine Information

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.

Total vaccines administered in Pinellas: 63,916 (as of Jan. 25, 2021)

No additional state shipments have been announced as of Jan. 26, 2021. Check back here or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Nextdoor for updates about future availability.

Please be aware that you must show proof of Florida residency to receive your vaccine shot. Examples include: a valid Florida driver’s license, state-issued ID, deed, or utility bill with the patient’s name and address. Part-time residents will be asked to provide part-time rental agreement.

Residents who are unable to book during the current round may sign up on the patient portal to speed up appointment scheduling when the next State shipment arrives: https://www.patientportalfl.com. New appointment availability will be announced on this page and on our Facebook, Twitter, and Nextdoor accounts.

There are no vaccines available for residents without appointments, and there is no waiting list.

Fire paramedic crews are operating four public vaccination sites for seniors over 65 in Pinellas County. Appointment locations will be shared during registration.

What to expect

Sign up


Show up

  • Bring proof of Florida residency to your appointment (driver’s license, utility bill, rental agreement, or deed)
  • Show up on time for your appointment — not early.
  • Park and check in to get your shot.
  • For your safety, plan to wait at least 15 minutes after your injection to leave.


Stay safe

  • Receiving both doses is critical for the vaccine to work.
  • Continue to wear masks, social distance, and avoid crowds, even after both doses.


Important Note: Creating an account does not guarantee availability for this round of appointments, but you will only have to create an account once.

If you have had any kind of vaccine within 14 days prior to going in for your COVID-19 vaccine appointment, you will not be able to receive the vaccine.

Verify you have a VACCINE appointment

The Patient Portal allows users to sign up for vaccines in Pinellas County as well as COVID-19 testing in other counties. Make sure you’ve signed up for a vaccine appointment.

Vaccine Appointment Confirmation:

Example of QR Code used for vaccination appointments.

NON-VACCINE Appointment

Example of a barcode used for Testing appointments.

Need help?

Those without internet access or who need assistance with the portal can call 844-770-8548. The call center is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and can provide guidance in English and Spanish. Any resident with the ability to access the internet is strongly encouraged to use the online portal, as phone wait times have been exceptionally long in neighboring counties using the same platform.

More about CDR Maguire: Health & Medical

CDR Maguire’s healthcare team has been providing PCR, Antibody and Antigen COVID-19 test kits, laboratory services, test site logistics and management, and medical supplies and PPE to state and local governments since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. CDR Maguire’s proprietary software, CDR HealthPro™, is designed to collect and keep track of patient data integrating all patient, county, state, and federal needs into one streamlined portal.

How the State distributes vaccines

The State of Florida has prioritized vaccinations for the most vulnerable people first here in Pinellas County, focusing on long-term care facilities as well as frontline health care workers.

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.

Limited distribution has also begun for all residents 65+ through state Department of Health offices along with hospitals and public safety offices.

The state-run agency is teaming up with Pinellas County government in a joint effort to make it easy for people to sign up for future vaccines doses when available, including a new platform for booking appointments and additional vaccine sites.

Key Facts

  • Florida’s Governor has prioritized the first round of vaccines for long-term care facilities, frontline health care workers as well as Flroida residents 65 and older.
  • Vaccine supplies are currently limited: distribution is only for priority groups.
  • COVID vaccines are given by appointment only.

The vaccines distributed to date are only a start in vaccinating around 250,000 county residents who are 65+, but more state shipments are expected regularly.

Appointments will be available through the Department of Health and separately through partner agencies as state vaccines shipments arrive.



Frequently Asked Questions

What if I can’t get an appointment?

Appointments book very quickly, and residents who are unable to book theirs during the current round may sign up on the portal to speed up booking an appointment when the next State shipment arrives. There are no vaccines available for residents without appointments, and there is no waiting list.

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

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 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.


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

Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine

  • The Department of Health in Pinellas is only currently distributing the Moderna vaccine for individuals 65 and older.
  • 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

Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine

  • The Pfizer vaccine requires extraordinary storage capabilities.
  • The Pfizer vaccine was distributed to hospitals capable of the unique storage needs to vaccinate healthcare personnel with direct patient contact and residents and staff of long-term care facilities as per the phase 1 rollout.
  • 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

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

Questions?

Contact the Florida Department of Health at 866-779-6121 or COVID-19@FlHealth.Gov