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Coronavirus vaccines available this week for Pasco seniors

Appointments are going fast on the county’s website.
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.
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. [ OCTAVIO JONES | Times ]
Published Jan. 4
Updated Jan. 4

PASCO — Pasco County seniors can register to receive a coronavirus vaccine at one of five drive- thru sessions this week, according to officials.

Residents 65 and older may make an appointment for sessions running Monday through Friday from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at the former Sears location at Gulf View Square Mall, 9409 US Hwy. 19 in Port Richey, according to the Florida Department of Health in Pasco County. Residents must sign up through the department’s website: http://pasco.floridahealth.gov/newsroom/2020/12/VaccinationAnnouncement.html.

The department is not taking appointments through email or phone calls at this time.

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Pasco County began vaccinating seniors last week.

“We understand that it’s been difficult to secure a spot. We only received a very small supply of vaccines (3,500) at this time for a population of approximately 130,000 residents over the age of 65,” the department wrote in an email to interested residents. “There are LIMITED spots for registration, and we apologize if they are “sold out” quickly.”

As of Jan. 2, Pasco County had vaccinated 5,219 people, according to the Florida Department of Health, or less than 1 percent of its population of 553,947.

Clinics will be scheduled at more locations as more doses are procured, according to the email. Registrants must be 65 or older and remain in Pasco County to receive their second shot 28 days after their first dose.

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Registrants should bring a completed Department of Health COVID-19 Vaccine Screening and Consent Form, registration confirmation number and a valid ID to their appointment, according to the department. Printed consent forms will also be available on-site during the appointment.

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