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St. Petersburg museums to offer COVID-19 vaccinations on Jan. 16

Five local institutions are participating in Museums for Immunity.
The Museum of Fine Arts is one of five St. Petersburg museums participating in Museums for Immunity, offering free COVID-19 vaccinations to the public on Sunday.
The Museum of Fine Arts is one of five St. Petersburg museums participating in Museums for Immunity, offering free COVID-19 vaccinations to the public on Sunday. [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times ]
Published Jan. 10|Updated Jan. 11

In an effort to “boost the ‘Burg,” five St. Petersburg museums are offering COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters on Jan. 16.

The Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg (255 Beach Drive NE), The Dalí Museum (1 Dalí Blvd., Bayshore Drive and Fifth Ave SE), The James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art (150 Central Ave.), The Florida Holocaust Museum (55 Fifth St. S) and The Woodson African American Museum of Florida (2240 Ninth Ave. S) are participating in the program, dubbed Museums for Immunity.

The purpose of the program is to encourage people to get vaccinated so that the venues can continue to safely welcome guests, while also showcasing the city’s diverse cultural experiences.

The program is presented in partnership with the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County, the Center for Health Equity, and the City of St. Petersburg’s Healthy St. Pete initiative. Participants can receive their first or second dose or booster of the Moderna, Johnson & Johnson or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines. Pediatric Pfizer vaccines will be available, as will flu vaccines for children and adults.

Participants should bring their vaccination cards with them to the event, which doesn’t require paid admission to each venue.

Some museums are offering incentives to those who get vaccinated during the event. The Museum of Fine Arts is offering free museum passes; The Florida Holocaust Museum is offering free family passes, good for one year; The James Museum is giving two free museum passes to each participant; and The Dalí is offering a free museum shopping tote.

Additionally, the Florida Department of Health is providing $15 food vouchers (while supplies last).

The event is happening noon-4 p.m. on Jan. 16. Spots are limited at the Museum of Fine Arts, so guests who want to attend the event there should register at mfastpete.org.

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How to get tested

Tampa Bay: The Times can help you find the free, public COVID-19 testing sites in Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and Sarasota counties.

Florida: The Department of Health has a website that lists testing sites in the state. Some information may be out of date.

The U.S.: The Department of Health and Human Services has a website that can help you find a testing site.

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How to get vaccinated

The COVID-19 vaccine for ages 5 and up and booster shots for eligible recipients are being administered at doctors’ offices, clinics, pharmacies, grocery stores and public vaccination sites. Many allow appointments to be booked online. Here’s how to find a site near you:

Find a site: Visit vaccines.gov to find vaccination sites in your ZIP code.

More help: Call the National COVID-19 Vaccination Assistance Hotline.

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