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Bailey LeFever - Seniors/aging reporter

Seniors/aging reporter

I cover elders and aging in the Tampa Bay area. I’m proud and grateful to be a 2020 Report for America fellow and work for the paper I grew up reading. Though I was raised in Ocala, home to some of state’s best springs and trees, I spent lots of summers in St. Pete. I care about covering topics important to my parents and the others who call these waters home. I’m passionate about reporting public interest stories — the kind of stories that make you feel. I’ve reported across Florida and Cuba, tackling issues such as the illegal sea turtle trade, community government and housing. I spend all of my free time watching baseball on the couch, eating omelettes with my dad and exploring new neighborhoods (on foot). Right now I’m working to learn the streets of my new home in the ever-funky Gulfport. I can’t wait to hear about your life and the way your world ticks.

  1. Gail Unold, 75, wears a bandage after receiving her first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in December at Gulf Shore Care Center in Pinellas Park.
  2. Bethany Duquette, a clinical nurse liaison with Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care, left, receives a COVID-19 vaccine from Walgreens pharmacist Thuy Luu, on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, at Heron House Assisted Living in Largo.
  3. Nick Maleski, a paramedic based in the D.C. area who came down to administer the vaccine, prepares to vaccinate residents and staff by putting on PPE, at Gulf Shore Care Center, Dec. 18, 2020 in Pinellas Park.
  4. Residents wait to be vaccinated at Gulf Shore Care Center on Dec. 18, 2020 in Pinellas Park.
  5. Florida Department of Health medical workers prepare to give seniors a COVID-19 vaccination in the parking lot of the Gulf View Square Mall in New Port Richey.
  6. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is one of two being have administered to residents in Tampa Bay.
  7. Florida Department of Health medical workers prepare to give seniors a COVID-19 vaccination in the parking lot of the Gulf View Square Mall in New Port Richey. The Florida Department of Health in Pasco County is held their first drive-through COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Gulf View Square Mall in New Port Richey.
  8. Las dificultades comenzaron temprano por el gran volumen de residentes intentando ingresar al portal para registrarse en tiempo real.
  9. Florida Department of Health medical workers prepare to give seniors a COVID-19 vaccination in the parking lot of the Gulf View Square Mall in New Port Richey.
  10. A National Guard soldier helps with directing seniors who receiving the COVID-19 vaccination in the parking lot of the Gulf View Square Mall in New Port Richey.
  11. Florida Department of Health medical workers prepare to give seniors a COVID-19 vaccination in the parking lot of the Gulf View Square Mall in New Port Richey.
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  13. Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney Bernie McCabe died Friday, according to Pinellas County Clerk and personal friend Ken Burke.
  14. Crowds of patrons gather on 7th ave. as they celebrate New Years Eve at nightclubs and restaurants on Friday in Ybor City.
  15. A lineman with Service Electric Co. works on a project at a Duke Energy substation Jan. 7 on Ulmerton Road in Largo. During the pandemic, Duke has been working with customers on payment options and financial assitance.
  16. Ava De Veaux (center) carries food to her car with the help of Samantha Richardson, before heading out on her delivery route, taking food to seniors, which she does twice a week, at Gathering of Women food pantry Tuesday in St. Petersburg.
  17. Esther Aponte, 62, of Holiday, waves to a client after unloading groceries at a client's home after filling a Shipt order Aug. 21 in Holiday. Aponte started working for Shipt after quitting a full-time job in January. "I plan on staying with them for however long they keep me," said Aponte.
  18. Administrator, Louise Merrick, tells resident, Margaret Wilson, 90, that she will be the first person to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at Gulf Shore Care Center, Friday in Pinellas Park.
  19. A vial of the COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech sits near a nurse preparing to administer the medicine to health care workers at AdventHealth Tampa on Wednesday. The hospital got its initial doses from Tampa General Hospital but expects to receive its own shipments of the vaccine later in the process.
  20. The Department of Health in Pinellas County hosted an online media call on Wednesday regarding the first coronavirus vaccinations administered in a county nursing home. The center image, broadcast from the Carrington Place of St. Pete nursing home, shows resident Teresita Villanueva, 79, middle, and R.B. Bridges, CEO of Traditions Senior Management, right, who both received vaccinations during the call.
  21. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, right, watches as Ramon Docobo, Asst. Director of the Pharmacy at Tampa General Hospital, removes the COVID-19 vaccine from boxes Monday, Dec. 14, 2020, in Tampa, Fla.  (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
  22. Susan Carter, 74, heads to the elevator in the lobby of the Grand Villa of St. Petersburg, 3600 34th St S, an assisted-living facility that has opened its doors to visitors after not permitting visitors for the past six months on Sept. 10  in St. Petersburg.
  23. On July 27, nurse Kathe Olmstead prepares a shot that is part of a possible COVID-19 vaccine, developed by the National Institutes of Health and Moderna Inc., in Binghamton, N.Y. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink, File)