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Meet Maggie, the dog greeting people at the Tampa Greyhound Track vaccine site

The five-month-old black Labrador belongs to the site’s incident commander.
Site mascot, Maggie, a 5-month-old black lab belonging to incident commander Carole Covey, is pictured at the FEMA-run vaccination site located at the Tampa Greyhound Track, on the first day the eligibility age dropped to 18 and up, Monday in Tampa.
Site mascot, Maggie, a 5-month-old black lab belonging to incident commander Carole Covey, is pictured at the FEMA-run vaccination site located at the Tampa Greyhound Track, on the first day the eligibility age dropped to 18 and up, Monday in Tampa. [ MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE | Times ]
Published Apr. 5
Updated Apr. 7

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TAMPA — Maggie is the unofficial mascot of the vaccine site at the Tampa Greyhound Track.

Well, maybe it’s official. She’s got a badge and everything.

The five-month-old black Labrador belongs to Carole Covey, the site’s incident commander. Every morning, Maggie — who also has her own Instagram account ― runs through the tents at the vaccine site before people show up to get their shots.

Related: It’s Florida’s first day of open vaccine eligibility: live updates from Tampa Bay

She hangs out in the office and is taken on walks throughout the day, sometimes stopping to greet people waiting to see if they have any adverse reaction to the shots.

Workers stop by to pet her or play tug-of-war. They offer belly rubs and she offers a break from the long days.

On Monday morning, she sat in the parking lot and watched as cars slowly rolled in off the street, carrying people waiting for their chance at a shot.

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