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Tampa’s University Mall reopens as coronavirus vaccination site, state announces

The site will offer vaccines to people 65 and older and frontline health care workers who pre-register.
The University Mall in Tampa, seen here in a file photo from April, is the latest coronavirus vaccine distribution site for people 65 and older and frontline health care workers, state officials announced Wednesday. Preregistration is required.
The University Mall in Tampa, seen here in a file photo from April, is the latest coronavirus vaccine distribution site for people 65 and older and frontline health care workers, state officials announced Wednesday. Preregistration is required. [ LUIS SANTANA | Times ]
Published Jan. 21
Updated Jan. 21

TAMPA — The University Mall is Hillsborough’s newest coronavirus vaccination site.

The Florida Department of Health and Florida Division of Emergency Management announced Wednesday that the state-supported site at the mall, 2200 E Fowler Ave. in Tampa, will provide the vaccine to people 65 and older and frontline health care workers. The site will offer 1,600 doses of the Pfizer vaccine to pre-registered individuals per day, free of charge.

Appointments are required and no walk-ups will be accepted. The location will be open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., seven days a week.

People who receive the first vaccination dose will be contacted to receive their second and final dose three weeks later.

To make an appointment, call 1-866-200-3896. The TTY number is 1-833-476-1029.

Officials ask vaccine recipients to bring a government-issued identification and their health insurance information.

Officials expect to vaccinate 11,700 people at the site over the course of a week and a second, unspecified drive-through vaccination site is being considered pending the availability of the vaccine, according to information presented to the County Commission on Thursday.

The mall was previously used by the county for a vaccine site earlier this month. People who had appointments for second doses at that site will have those appointments honored, a county official told Tampa Bay Times.

Times staff writer Allison Ross contributed to this report.

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