ZEPHYRHILLS, Fla. (WFLA) — Walgreens will soon be offering the COVID-19 vaccine in Pasco County, Gov. Ron DeSantis said Wednesday while discussing the state’s vaccine distribution efforts.
The governor was in Zephyrhills Wednesday for a new pop-up site at the SunTrust Bank Building on Gall Boulevard. DeSantis said the site, and a similar clinic in Polk County, will be administering 3,300 Pfizer shots over the next three days. The other site is located at the Four Lakes Golf Club Retirement Community in Winter Haven. The vaccines were reserved for those on the CDR Maguire Health & Medical waitlist.
DeSantis said 42% of Pasco residents 65 and older had already been vaccinated.
DeSantis also announced two Walgreens stores in Pasco County will be the first in the state to start offering vaccines.
The Walgreens are located at 12028 Majestic Boulevard in Hudson, and 6429 Gall Boulevard in Zephyrhills.
Appointments can be made online starting Thursday. Shots will go into arms beginning Friday.
To schedule an appointment, visit Walgreens.com, click on “COVID-19 vaccine information” and find an appointment.
The announcement comes as Florida opens its first federally-run vaccination clinics in Tampa, Orlando, Miami and Jacksonville. The sites are open 7 days a week and will each administer 2,000 shots per day.
According to state data, Florida has administered 4,808,125 vaccine doses. More than 1.7 million Floridians have had their second dose.
DeSantis has expanded vaccine eligibility to include K-12 teachers, sworn law enforcement officers and firefighters age 50 and older, and “at risk” people under 65. DeSantis may soon add day care workers to that list.
“I’m supportive of that. We may have to change the order, but I think that would be totally reasonable to include them,” he said.