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Tampa VA extends vaccinations to veterans and family members not enrolled in VA care

Veterans and their families who meet Florida vaccine eligibility guidelines can register online for an appointment.
James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021 in Tampa.
James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021 in Tampa. [ MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE | Times ]
Published Mar. 17
Updated Mar. 17

Veterans who aren’t enrolled in VA medical care, as well as their family members, can now get a coronavirus vaccine at the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital in Tampa as long as they meet Florida’s vaccination eligibility guidelines.

This expansion of vaccine availability came about through a partnership between the Tampa VA healthcare system and the Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County through a Federal Emergency Management Agency mission assignment, according to a release.

Included in this expansion are eligible family members of veterans, whether they are Tampa VA patients or not, and eligible family members of Tampa VA employees.

“Our team has been working at full speed to administer vaccine to our veterans as soon as it’s delivered to us,” said David VanMeter, interim director at the Tampa VA system in a statement. “We are grateful for our partners at the Department of Health and thrilled that this additional supply will allow us to provide protection to more members of our community.”

The drive-through vaccination clinic is at the Freedom parking lot at 13202 Livingston Ave. in Tampa. Those eligible can schedule their appointments at tampava.eventbrite.com. More information is available at tampa.va.gov/TAMPA/services/COVID_19_Vaccines_for_Community.asp.

The Bay Pines VA healthcare system in Pinellas County “has not received a request to support community COVID-19 vaccination efforts as part of the FEMA mission assignment between the Tampa VA and Hillsborough County,” a spokeswoman said in an email Wednesday. “We are supportive of this initiative.”

As of Wednesday morning, more than 32,600 veterans had received an initial vaccine dose in the Tampa VA system, and more than 21,800 had received their second dose, according to national data.

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