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DOH-PINELLAS HIGHLIGHTS RECENT EFFORTS IN PROVIDING COVID-19 VACCINE

By Maggie Hall, PIO

March 08, 2021

The Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County (DOH-Pinellas), in partnership with the Florida Department of Health, Florida Division of Emergency Management and Pinellas County Government, is providing COVID-19 vaccination sites.

To keep Florida residents and visitors safe and aware regarding the status of the virus, DOHPinellas will continue to issue this update every week. Registrations for vaccines in Pinellas are made via the CDR Maguire Patient Portal at www.PatientPortalFL.comor, for information, call(844) 770-8548.

County health departments have an important role to play in administering vaccine. Here's a summary of some of our top efforts during March 1-7:

  • As of March 8, Pinellas has vaccinated more than 50 percent of seniors 65 and older. To date, more than 172,000 residents have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • DOH-Pinellas has visited more than a dozen faith communities and community organizations for COVID-19 vaccinations to bridge the health equity gap. On March 4, the team vaccinated 350 Asian seniors at the Lao and Arts Cultural Center and provided vaccines to 500 mostly African American seniors at Bethel Metro Baptist Church. Both are in St. Petersburg.
  • Another project in the Pinellas health equity partnerships arena is an effort to work with local public libraries to serve as tech help for those who need assistance registering for vaccines on the CDR Maguire Patient Portal. Libraries were asked to facilitate solutions to technology barriers for seniors without computers or with limited knowledge of PC navigation.
  • With its partners at the Center for Health Equity in St. Petersburg, DOH-Pinellas will be sharing announcements about an upcoming program of health navigators who will visit vulnerable seniors in the community to help them register in their homes with portable computer equipment.
  • Pinellas will consolidate five community sites into three that will continue providing vaccinations via CDR Maguire Patient Portal appointments. The sites are in Largo, Pinellas Park and St. Petersburg. The county will soon announce an additional site in the northern part of Pinellas to better serve the public.

Partners this week were area churches and organizations, fire/EMS personnel at community vaccination sites, Pinellas County Government and the Center for Health Equity.

DOH-Pinellas continues to fight to protect health and safety as the rollout of COVID-19 vaccine continues.

Residents 65 and older who got their first dose after booking through the CDR HealthPro portal should have already scheduled a second appointment time. To verify appointment times, log in to the patient portal: https://www.patientportalfl.com.

For up-to-date information on vaccine availability in Pinellas County, visit https://covid19.pinellascounty.org/vaccines/


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