Megan Reeves - Health and Medicine Reporter

Health and Medicine Reporter

I write about policy and developments in health and medicine, and how they affect providers and patients in Tampa Bay and throughout Florida. I’ve been a Sunshine State resident since I was 4 and likely will never leave, though my favorite season is whenever it’s coldest. I’m a proud graduate of the University of Florida, where I decided I wanted to work for this newspaper and make St. Petersburg my home. I started my career covering local governments in north Pinellas County, then moved to reporting on education. Thrifting is my favorite thing to do, and I spend a lot of time working with a local cat rescue. You can often find me in my hammock at Lassing Park, or sipping earl grey at Black Crow in the Grand Central district. Want to talk about a story? Meet me there for a cup, my treat.

  1. A sign informed motorists that the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine was not available Tuesday at the federal vaccination site at Tampa Greyhound Track. Officials paused administration of the vaccine after reports that six women who received the drug had experienced blood clots.
  2. Robert Morris, de 73 años, a la izquierda, recibió una vacuna contra el coronavirus el mes pasado de John Mikula, centro, gerente de paramédicos de TransCare Medical Transportation Services. La esposa de Morris, Nora, que ya estaba vacunada, observó el proceso en su casa de Tampa. A partir del domingo, Pulse Clinical Alliance comenzará con las vacunas en el hogar que se extenderán hasta el 20 de abril en el condado de Hillsborough. [DIRK SHADD ]
  3. Homebound resident Robert Morris, 73, left, received a coronavirus vaccine last month from John Mikula, center, a paramedic manager with TransCare Medical Transportation Services. Morris’ wife, Nora, who was already vaccinated, watched the process in their Tampa home. Starting Sunday, Pulse Clinical Alliance will begin in-home vaccinations that will run through April 20 in Hillsborough County.
  4. The entrance to the one of the vaccine rooms at the Central Pinellas vaccine site Monday. Thousands are making appointments to get shots, but unfounded claims about the vaccines and fertility are causing some women to hold off.
  5. Allison Oler, 17, receives her Pfizer vaccination March 24 in Sandy, Utah. All adults in Utah aged 16 and older became eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccinations Wednesday.
  6. Tyler Rorah, 18, of Brooksville, receives a Moderna COVID‑19 vaccine shot from LPN Sonia Woods, right, while receiving his CDC (issued) Covid 10 Vaccination Card during his vaccination appointment on Monday, April 5, 2021, at Saint Leo University, which is serving as the host for the Florida Department of Health’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution for East Pasco County.

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  7. Nursing student Emily Peters, 20, of Land O’ Lakes, receives the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine from nurse Pat Blackwell, with the Pinellas County Health Department, on March 29.
  8. Medical assistant Diane Frazier, left, and registered nurse Pat Blackwell, center, with the Pinellas County health department, check in nursing student Emily Peters, 20, of Land O’ Lakes, right, for her coronavirus vaccine shot on Monday at the county’s vaccination site in Largo. Peters received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine during the appointment.
  9. A health care worker prepares a dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in Philadelphia on Friday.
  10. Allison Oler, 17,  recibió la vacuna  de Pfizer en Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
  11. Allison Oler, 17, receives a shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine on Wednesday in Sandy, Utah.
  12. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announces Thursday that the state's coronavirus vaccination eligibility age will be lowered to 40.
  13. Coronavirus vaccines are more available than ever, but doses can still be hard to find. Scroll down for a roadmap.
  14. The law is unsettled on whether workplaces can require employees to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, experts say. Part of the uncertainty has to do with the fact that the three vaccines now in circulation were approved on an emergency basis and have not been fully okayed.
  15. Nurse Joan Diehl prepares COVID-19 vaccinations at the Strawberry Festival Fairgrounds in January. On Monday, Florida will change its vaccine eligibility to people 60 and older, but many outlets were prepared to schedule appointments starting Friday and through the weekend.
  16. Judie Shape, center, who tested positive for the coronavirus, blows a kiss to her son-in-law, Michael Spencer, left, as Shape's daughter, Lori Spencer, right, looks on during a March 2020 visit at the Life Care Center near Seattle. New guidance from the federal government, dated March 10, 2021, is encouraging facilities to resume in-person visits.
  17. Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at a news conference in Sumter County Wednesday, sharing that soon, all Floridians should have access to coronavirus vaccines.
  18. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks to reporters in Ocala on Friday. Going forward, he said, the state will roll out vaccines according only to age.
  19. Gov. Ron DeSantis appeared at a news conference Wednesday in Crystal River, where he announced a new vaccination site and addressed a question about which Florida school employees are eligible to receive doses.
  20. Fans are seen along Tampa's Riverwalk as Tampa Bay Buccaneers players glide by during a boat parade Feb. 10 after the Bucs defeated the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl 55.
  21. Con una máscara para prevenir la propagación del COVID-19, el gobernador de Florida, Ron DeSantis, observa durante una conferencia de prensa, el martes 23 de febrero de 2021, en una farmacia de descuento Navarro en Hialeah, Florida. DeSantis anunció que las personas mayores pronto podrán para recibir las vacunas COVID-19 en las farmacias de descuento Navarro y las farmacias CVS y mas en el condado de Miami-Dade. (Foto AP / Wilfredo Lee)
  22. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis looks on during a news conference in Hialeah on Tuesday. At another stop in Fort Pierce on Thursday, he said he plans to take the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine once his age group is eligible.
  23. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis answers questions during a news conference in January. On Thursday, he spoke to reporters in Jacksonville, saying expanded access to coronavirus vaccines is coming.