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Hillsborough, Pinellas residents can now get vaccinated at home

The free service will help the homebound, the bedridden and anyone else who can’t get to a vaccination site.
First lady Jill Biden talks with Dequitia Parker while she receives a COVID-19 vaccination by Nurse Lydia Passmore during a June 24 vaccination event Amalie Arena in Tampa.
First lady Jill Biden talks with Dequitia Parker while she receives a COVID-19 vaccination by Nurse Lydia Passmore during a June 24 vaccination event Amalie Arena in Tampa. [ IVY CEBALLO | Times ]
Published Jul. 21

Having trouble getting to your local vaccination site? Now the COVID-19 vaccine will come to you for free if you live in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties.

The Florida Department of Health in both counties announced Wednesday that DeliveRxd Pharmacy, a prescription delivery service, will vaccinate residents at their homes.

“Some people may rather get vaccinated at home, so we will be there for them,” said William Parker, president and founder of DeliveRxd Pharmacy, in a statement. “This is especially a great option for eligible children or those who do not like doctor offices.”

The service is available to anyone who needs it, not just the homebound or bedridden.

Related: Florida leads nation in coronavirus infections in 2020-like surge

The coronavirus is again surging in Florida and across the country, fueled by the more transmissible delta variant. Florida averaged more than 6,500 new infections every day from July 9 and July 15. In the U.S., one-in-five new infections is coming from Florida.

The home vaccination service will eliminate “barriers that prevent all residents in our community from being protected from COVID-19,” said a statement from Dr. Ulyee Choe, director of the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County.

“Every additional person vaccinated is a potential life that is saved,” said Dr. Douglas Holt, director of the Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County, in a statement.

Hillsborough and Pinellas residents who want to get vaccinated at home can call 813-932-6266.

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