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Hillsborough County to Resume Vaccinating Residents Age 65 and Older Beginning Wednesday, January 13th

By Kevin Watler, Public Information Officer

January 11, 2021

As of January 11, 2021 – Hillsborough County, in partnership with the Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County, will begin a second round of COVID-19 vaccinations this week for residents age 65 and older. Hillsborough has allocated 9,000 doses of the vaccine to be administered at three distribution sites from Wednesday, Jan. 13 through Friday, Jan. 15.

Appointments are mandatory to get the first of two vaccine injections.

Appointments will be scheduled online by CDR HealthPro™ portal and by phone on Tuesday, Jan. 12. Residents age 65 and older can only make their appointments during the designated time frame specific to their age group.

  • Residents age 85 and older can book an appointment between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m.

  • Residents age 75 to 84 can book an appointment between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

  • Residents age 65 to 74 can book an appointment between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

  • After 5 p.m., any resident age 65 and older can book any remaining slots while appointments remain available.

Each age group has a dedicated number of appointment slots available to help ensure equity in scheduling.
 
The online CDR HealthPro™ portal and the call center, which is available for residents without access to the Internet, will not allow for appointment scheduling outside each age group’s designated appointment time window.

Residents are encouraged to book their vaccine appointments online at patientportalfl.com. Though appointment scheduling must be done only during the timeframe set aside for specific age groups, residents can save time by visiting the site today and creating an account in advance. This will make the process quicker and easier when it is time to schedule an appointment.
 
For persons without access to the Internet, appointments can be made by calling (850) 848-5287. The call center is available for account creation today as well. The call center is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and can provide guidance in English and Spanish. Please note that this call center is for account creation and scheduling appointments only. If you need medical guidance, you will be instructed to hang up and contact your health care provider.

Residents who create their account in advance, should write down and save login information for use when they return to schedule their appointments. Appointments can be made for the vaccination site most convenient to them. Appointments for the required second dose can be made at the time of scheduling.
 
There will be no vaccines for residents without appointments, and there is no waiting list.
 
The three vaccine distribution sites are:

All sites will be open from Wednesday through Friday. These sites were chosen for their geographic diversity, available resources, and population density of residents age 65 and older. Details about access to the vaccine distribution sites will be given to residents upon appointment confirmation.               

Those arriving ahead of schedule may be turned away and instructed to return at their scheduled time.

For more information about vaccines and what to expect at your appointment, visit HCFLGov.net/vaccine.

Hillsborough County expects to receive allocations of vaccine from the state as it is made available. Vaccination appointments will be provided to the public based on the vaccine supply allocation received. As a reminder, Hillsborough County is in Phase I of the vaccine distribution plan as outlined and directed by the governor of Florida. Phase I is categorized by limited supply of vaccine availability and is focused on long-term care facilities (residents and staff); front-line health care workers; and persons age 65 and over. Limited availability of vaccines is anticipated over the next several weeks.

Hillsborough County Emergency Management also is coordinating with the state of Florida for mobile distribution of vaccines to group homes and independent living facilities that meet the state’s criteria.

Hillsborough County’s public vaccination sites delivered 8,447 shots last week to people age 65 and over, and 522 shots to front-line health care workers in a targeted vaccination effort. While Hillsborough County currently does not have access to the number of vaccines being distributed by hospitals and private health care systems, additional vaccination efforts are underway in this community. Qualified individuals under Phase I of the governor of Florida’s vaccination distribution plan are also encouraged to check with their health care provider as they may be able to provide a vaccine.

Hillsborough County has contracted CDR Maguire: Health & Medical to assist with the vaccine distribution efforts.

Face Coverings Mandate Remains in Effect
The mandate that face coverings must be worn in indoor locations of businesses, with certain exceptions, remains in effect. For more information, go to HCFLGov.net/Facecoverings.

Get Connected. Stay Alert.
For more information on COVID-19, and any other potential emergency in the county, visit HCFLGov.net/StaySafe and sign up for the HCFL Alert system. Additionally, you can follow Hillsborough County on social media at Facebook, Twitter, and Nextdoor for updates. For general County information, call (813) 272-5900, the County’s main information line.

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.

Residents

Please understand that the vaccine is not widely available in Hillsborough County at this time and the distribution plans depend on vaccine supplies. Supplies are provided by the federal government and distributed to the states, which then allocate them to counties.

Should you have general questions about the vaccine, please call the state hotline at (866) 779-6121 or email COVID-19@flhealth.gov.  The Florida COVID-19 Response website has the latest vaccine count.

Medical Workers

The Governor has tasked hospital systems to vaccinate community-based, unaffiliated medical staff. We are currently working with community partners to develop options for medical provider vaccinations.  

The Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County is aware of the following:

Tampa General Hospital

  • TGH will offer the COVID-19 vaccine to community health care personnel with direct patient contact. Click here for more
  • Vaccine appointments are limited and will continue to be opened over time as more supply is available.

BayCare

  • Baycare will offer the COVID-19 vaccine to community health care workers who have direct patient contact. More details will be published next week.
  • BayCare Medical Group Launches Limited Vaccination Service for existing 65+ Patients more here 

AdventHealth

  • AdventHealth is working on a plan to offer the COVID-19 vaccine to community health care workers who have direct patient contact. More details will be published once plans are finalized.  
  • AdventHealth is vaccinating family members of team members who are 65+. 
  • AdventHealth is finalizing a plan to vaccinate AdventHealth Medical Group patients 65+.  

For the latest on public COVID-19 vaccination in Hillsborough County, visit HCFLGov.net/Vaccine .

Medical Providers

Based on the availability of the COVID-19 vaccine, which will be determined week to week, we do intend provide vaccine to healthcare providers to vaccinate staff.

There will be two methods:

1 – DOH  provides vaccines to the provider using a Closed Point of Dispensing (POD) agreement. Does require the agency to obtain a FLSHOTS account and update the system on vaccines given. Just a note: Several providers have formed agreements with other providers to become the “POD” for the group.

2 – As vaccines become more available, DOH-Hillsborough be setting up a vaccination POD for healthcare workers only. This would be open to any health care worker who can show identification whom they are affiliated with.

Either way, DOH is encouraging all healthcare providers to register with FLSHOTS as a Vaccine for Adult (VFA) or Vaccine for Children (VFC) provider. Although you cannot – at this time – order the COVID vaccine through this system, once it becomes more widely available, then you would be allowed to.

Attachments for Providers:

Provider Information for COVID-19 Vaccine Enrollment

COVID-19 Vaccine Enrollment Process for Providers

Should you want to enter into an MOU please email us.