Florida leads the nation in COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations. The best way to protect yourself and your community is to get vaccinated. In response to the surging delta variant, some vaccination and testing sites are opening up this week.
The vaccines have proven to be safe and effective against COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease, Control and Prevention. More than 342 million vaccine doses have been administered in the U.S. from Dec. 14 through July 26.
They’re also free. Proof of residency is no longer required in Florida, though it may help to have your ID with your name and date of birth available. However, if you’re bringing a minor ages 12 to 17 to get vaccinated, some form of identification and proof of the child’s age may be needed.
Remember that the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses to be fully effective within three to four weeks. Being partially vaccinated offers less protection against the more virulent delta variant, which is fueling the current rise in cases and hospitalizations in Florida.
If you miss these clinics, visit your local pharmacy or your doctor’s office to get vaccinated.
Wednesday: Safety Harbor
The Safety Harbor Resort and Spa will host a vaccine clinic from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at 105 N Bayshore Drive. The Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines will be available for free.
The Pfizer vaccine is available to those 12 and older, but children will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian to get vaccinated. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine requires just one dose, but those who choose the Pfizer vaccine will have to return for a second shot on Aug. 26 to become fully vaccinated.
Full vaccination offers the best protection against the delta variant, and in rare cases where vaccinated people become infected, it also protects them from critical illness.
Friday: Dalí Museum
The vaccines will be available at a clinic that will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday at the Salvador Dalí Museum at 1 Dali Blvd. in St. Petersburg.
The Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines will be offered. Those who get vaccinated will receive a shopping tote.
Saturday: Lombardi Trophy at New Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Tampa
A vaccination clinic will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at New Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church at 2511 E Columbus Drive.
The Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines will be available.
The clinic is being held in conjunction with Pastor Larry Roundtree, Hillsborough County Commissioner Gwen Myers, the Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County and the Tampa Police Department.
Those who receive the vaccine can pose with a photo of the Lombardi Trophy won by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl 55.
Saturday: Gulfport Casino Ballroom
The Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines will also be available at the clinic that will be held Saturday at the Gulfport Casino Ballroom at 5500 Shore Blvd. S. from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Those who recieve the Pfizer vaccine should return Sept. 18 to the same location for the second dose.
Hillsborough County will open two free COVID-19 testing sites starting Saturday, county officials announced Tuesday.
The sites will operate from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week. One is located at 1101 E 139th Ave. in Tampa and the other is at the Palm River Park Community Center at 725 S 58th St. in Tampa.
Each day, 500 tests will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. The testing is free without appointment and people should bring a photo ID with their name and date of birth.
Rapid tests will be administered at the sites and PCR tests will be used request. The testing will take place indoors, so masks are required until the tests are administered.
For more information about Hillsborough County testing, go to HCFLGov.net/COVIDTesting or call the main information line at 813-272-5900.
Here’s where to get more information on vaccinations and testing:
For more information in Hillsborough County, contact the local Department of Health.
For more information in Pasco County, contact the local Department of Health.
For more information in Pinellas County, contact the local Department of Health.
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