COVID-19 Vaccination Phases and Information

Vaccine Phases

* Date ranges are subject to change. Priority and phases are determined by the amount of vaccine the state and county receives. For questions, contact the Florida Department of Health at (866) 779-6121 or COVID-19@FlHealth.Gov

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Phase 1 and 2 Underway*
  • Long Term Care Facility (residents and staff)
  • Individuals age 50 and older
  • Healthcare Personnel with Direct Patient Contact
  • Critical organizations (As identified by the governor of Florida)
  • Vulnerable populations (People who are at higher risk of severe illness)
  • K-12 School Employees
  • Sworn Law Enforcement Officers 50 years+
  • Firefighters 50 years+
  • Persons Determined by a Physician/Hospital Provider to be Extremely Vulnerable to COVID-19
Phase 3 Underway *
  • All Phase 1 and 2 eligible individuals
  • Individuals age 18 and older
  • Individuals ages 16 and 17 with parental or legal guardian consent and accompanied by parent or legal guardian at the time the vaccine is administered

Please Note: Appointments are required. The closed POD will operate by appointment only for those who live or work in Hillsborough County. Qualified healthcare workers in accordance with the Governor's Executive Order 21-47 that includes those individuals with direct patient contact. Examples include physicians, paramedics, emergency medical technicians, phlebotomists, nurses, home health providers, home medical equipment providers, therapists, dental office staff, pharmacists, and administrative/reception staff among other health care roles (including law enforcement officer, EMTs, fire fighters, school nurses). At this time, proof of eligibility is required. For eligibility questions, email DOHHillsboroughPHP@flhealth.gov. 

Vulnerable Populations
The Governor's Executive Order 21-47 allows COVID-19 vaccinations for those deemed medically vulnerable by a physician. Those individuals must have the COVID-19 Determination of Extreme Vulnerability form, completed and signed by a physician. Vaccines will not be given if the form is not completed.

Locations in Hillsborough County where someone deemed medically vulnerable by a physician can be vaccinated are:

  1. Federal-run site at the Tampa Greyhound Track, 755 E. Waters Ave. in Tampa from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.
  2. Pharmacies administering the vaccine:

Have You Been Fully Vaccinated?

Per the CDC, people are considered fully vaccinated:

  • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, like the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, like Johnson & Johnson's Janssen vaccine

If it has been less than 2 weeks since your shot, or if you still need to get your second dose, you are NOT fully protected. Keep taking all prevention steps until you are fully vaccinated. When You've Been Fully Vaccinated For now, here's what's changed and what hasn't changed according to the CDC. Want to learn more about these recommendations? Read the CDC's expanded Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People, corresponding Science Brief, and recommendations for healthcare providers.

Guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Food & Drug Administration

Many vaccines are being developed and tested, but some might be ready before others, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The federal agency is working with partners at all levels, including health care associations, on flexible COVID-19 vaccination programs that can accommodate different vaccines and scenarios. According to the CDC, being vaccinated provides numerous benefits. It is also important to know that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ensures vaccine quality, safety, and effectiveness.

 

Vaccine Approval Process

The FDA is responsible for approving the vaccines for use in the United States. The agency is expected to expedite distribution under a process known as Emergency Use Authorization. Learn the facts about the COVID-19 vaccines and the federal government’s efforts to accelerate the development, manufacturing, and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics.

 

Finding Credible Vaccine Information

Before going online to search for vaccine information, make sure that you have identified credible sources that regularly update their information. The CDC offers guidance on how to find credible information. In addition, the Immunization Action Coalition offers valuable advice on evaluating online health informationThe University of California San Francisco’s Evaluating Health Information page lists red flags every consumer needs to know.

 

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