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Hillsborough, Pinellas schools offering COVID-19 shots for kids 12 and up

The districts are working with health departments to offer the Pfizer vaccine at several locations in preparation for the new school year.
The Hillsborough and Pinellas school districts will offer free COVID-19 vaccines in the coming days and weeks at local high schools.
The Hillsborough and Pinellas school districts will offer free COVID-19 vaccines in the coming days and weeks at local high schools.
Published Jun. 7
Updated Jun. 7

Looking ahead to a school year with fewer coronavirus restrictions, Tampa Bay’s two largest school districts are teaming up with county health departments to vaccinate students ages 12 and older at local high schools.

The Hillsborough and Pinellas County school districts will offer the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for free.

In Hillsborough, clinics are scheduled from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and from 9 am. to 3 p.m. Saturday at these high schools:

  • Gaither, 16200 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa
  • Middleton, 4801 N 22nd St., Tampa
  • Newsome, 16550 FishHawk Blvd., Lithia
  • Robinson, 6311 S Lois Ave., Tampa
  • Sickles, 7950 Gunn Highway, Citrus Park
  • Strawberry Crest, 4691 Gallagher Road, Dover
  • Wharton, 20150 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., Tampa.

No appointment is needed.

The clinics will be held in the school’s gymnasium or auditorium. A parent or legal guardian must be present. Students and their parents can return on Thursday, July 1, and Friday, July 2, for their second doses.

In Pinellas, there are three vaccination clinics and families are asked to call 727-824-6931 to make appointments.

First and second doses will be given at these times and locations:

  • June 22 and July 13 at Largo High, 410 Missouri Ave., Largo.
  • June 23 and July 14 at Gibbs High, 850 34th St. S, St. Petersburg.
  • June 24 and July 15, Pinellas Park High, 6305 118th Ave. N, Largo.

In both districts, the availability of vaccines entered into decisions to relax on-campus restrictions for the summer and fall.

Masks will be optional in Hillsborough schools. In Pinellas, the School Board on Tuesday will consider a proposal to repeal that district’s face covering policy starting this week.