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Tampa VA vaccine site moving to USF Yuengling Center

The drive-through site will move on March 30.
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. 23
Updated Mar. 23

The Tampa Veterans Administration coronavirus vaccine drive-thru site at the Freedom Parking Lot, and run jointly with the Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County, will move to the University of South Florida Yuengling Center on March 30, according to a release.

All veterans and their families, regardless of whether the veteran is enrolled in VA medical care, and who are eligible for vaccines under the Florida guidelines, may book an appointment online at www.eventbrite.com/o/tampa-va-32699669541.

The move to a larger space will allow the Tampa VA to vaccinate more veterans and their families, according to David VanMeter, interim director of the system in a statement.

The Bay Pines VA Healthcare System is vaccinating veterans of all ages, but only those enrolled in VA medical care, and will host a mass vaccination event on Saturday at the Bay Pines campus in Pinellas County, according to spokeswoman Anna Hancock. Veterans can call 727-395-2400 at to schedule an appointment.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the Tampa VA reported more than 29,500 fully vaccinated veterans, employees and federal partners, including those receiving the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, according to national data. At Bay Pines VA, it’s more than 26,200.

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