FEMA to open vaccine site in Tampa on Wednesday: Here’s what we know


TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Tampa Bay’s first federally-run COVID-19 vaccination site is set to open at the Tampa Greyhound Track on Wednesday.

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced last month that Florida will have four FEMA coronavirus vaccination sites in Tampa, Orlando, Miami and Jacksonville.

All four sites will open Wednesday, March 3 and operate seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and administer 2,000 shots per day. They will each have a mobile clinic that can vaccinate 500 people per day.

To be eligible for a shot, you must be either 65 years old or older, a long-term care facility resident or staff, healthcare personnel with direct patient contact, or an individual deemed extremely vulnerable to COVID-19.

Those who are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine can preregister at myvaccine.fl.gov or call the number designated for their county. The numbers are listed here.

If you have a reservation but don’t have a vehicle, you are still permitted to walk up to the site for a shot.

Starting Thursday, an additional line will be created for walk ups to accommodate those who aren’t able to make a reservation online or over the phone.

“So you have lines for people with reservations and then a line for people who are walk-ins,” FEMA site leader Holly Hollingsworth said. “We’re making sure that everyone who is in line understands there’s a line for people with reservations and then a line for those who will have to wait their turn.”

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April 24 2021 08:00 am

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