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Pinellas to consolidate COVID-19 vaccine and testing sites

Three county-run sites have stopped administering first-dose vaccination shots by May 15.
The fast-moving line to enter at the Central Pinellas vaccine site, 1197 East Bay in Largo, on Monday, April 5, 2021. The county-run vaccination site will stop issuing first-dose vaccination shots on May 7.
The fast-moving line to enter at the Central Pinellas vaccine site, 1197 East Bay in Largo, on Monday, April 5, 2021. The county-run vaccination site will stop issuing first-dose vaccination shots on May 7. [ DIRK SHADD | Times ]
Published Apr. 30
Updated Apr. 30

PINELLAS COUNTY — Three county-run COVID-19 vaccination and testing sites will be closing operations in the coming weeks, according to the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County.

The Pinellas Park location at 4951 78th Avenue N, a Largo location at 1197 E. Bay Drive and the testing site at Tropicana Field’s Lot 2 will all close in May.

Health officials said the change was due to an increase in testing and vaccination availability at other locations “within the community,” such as Walgreens and CVS. The county-run vaccination site at the Center for Health Equity at 2333 34th Street S in St. Petersburg will also remain open during weekdays until further notice.

“The larger sites were there to meet the initial demand for COVID-19 vaccinations and were not intended to be permanent sites,” the agency’s director, Dr. Ulyee Choe, said in a statement.

Not all three locations will be closing simultaneously, however.

The Pinellas Park location will close first, ending all first-dose vaccination shots on Friday. It will be followed by the Largo location, which will shut its doors to first-dose vaccinations on May 7.

Both vaccination sites will remain open past those dates to administer second-dose shots to residents who received their first dose at either location.

The Tropicana Field location does not offer vaccinations but will halt COVID-19 testing on May 15. Residents in need of a COVID-19 test will still be able to receive one at Ruth Eckerd Hall at 1111 McMullen Booth Road in Clearwater.

Those in Pinellas still seeking their first vaccination shot can book appointments online at PatientPortalFL.com.

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