COVID-19 vaccine slowly becoming available for Hillsborough County residents


HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – Lagretta Lenker became one of the first people in Hillsborough County to receive the COVID-19 vaccine who isn’t a health care worker or in a long term care facilty.

“I have asthma and I have difficulty wearing my mask, so this will help enormously,” said Lenker.

She says the vaccine will help her return to a more normal life.

“I don’t think anything will change until I get the second dose and then, I certainly hope I’m going to see my family. I haven’t seen my grandchildren in about a year,” said Lenker who will need to get a second dose of the vaccine in three weeks before it’s considered effective.

She was just one of 18 people who were able to sign up and receive the vaccine at a Tampa General Hospital Medical Group facility.

“Anyone interested can call 813-844-8410 for scheduling information. Existing TGMG patients can schedule their appointments through MyChart or go to to schedule online” said Karen Barrera with Tampa General Hospital.


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