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Pinellas County Media Alert – Vaccine Appointment Registration Re-Opens Friday, Jan. 29 at 3 p.m.

Posted on Jan 28, 2021

MEDIA ALERT

Immediate Release

Jan. 28, 2021

  

Media Contacts 

Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County: 

Maggie Hall, PIO 

Margarita.Hall@FLHealth.gov 

(727) 824-6908 (Media Only) 

Tom Iovino, PIO 

Thomas.Iovino@FLHealth.gov 

(727) 281-5094 (Media Only) 

 

Pinellas receives new shipment of COVID vaccines for 65+ residents

Appointments re-open Friday at 3 p.m.; slots expected to fill quickly

 

Appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations for anyone 65 and older re-open at 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, following a new shipment of 10,000 doses from the State of Florida. Appointments start early next week and are expected to fill quickly.

 

Appointments are mandatory to get the first of two vaccine injections and can be scheduled online through the CDR HealthPro portal starting at 3 p.m., Friday, Jan. 29 at www.PatientPortalFL.com. Residents accessing the portal prior to 3 p.m. on Friday will be able to create an account, but will not be able to book their appointment until the set time of 3 p.m. No appointments will be booked prior to Friday at 3 p.m.

 

Pinellas County Fire paramedic crews are operating the four public vaccination sites for seniors over 65 in coordination with the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County.

 

To get a vaccine appointment, residents must first create an account and then select an available time.  Creating an account does not guarantee availability for this round of appointments. There will be no vaccines for residents without appointments, and there is no waiting list.

 

As required by the State of Florida, patients must show proof of Florida residency to receive a vaccine. Examples include: a valid Florida Drivers License, state issued ID, deed, or utility bill with the patient’s name and address. Part-time residents will be asked to provide a part-time rental agreement.

 

Those without internet access or who need assistance with the portal can call (844) 770-8548. The call center is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and can provide guidance in English and Spanish. Any resident with the ability to access the internet is strongly encouraged to use the online portal, as phone wait times can be lengthy.

 

For the latest information on vaccine appointments and updates, residents can check https://covid19.pinellascounty.org/vaccines, or the Department of Health in Pinellas County Facebook, Twitter, and Nextdoor.

 

Appointments will be scheduled at sites in various parts of the county. Details about access to the vaccine distribution sites will be given to residents upon appointment confirmation. Appointments for the required second dose can be made at the time of scheduling.

 

Family members must sign up and register individually for appointments.

 

Those arriving ahead of schedule may be turned away and instructed to return at their scheduled time.

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Updates

Posted on Jan 23, 2021

As of January 23, 2021 at 10:53 a.m. there has been a national outage for the Vaccine Appointment Website. Florida Department of Health is working rapidly to get the site back online. At this time, for Pinellas residents, there are appointments still available. The best method to try to obtain one will be through the Patient Portal Help line (844) 770-8548). As of 10:53a.m., residents are reporting approximately an hour wait time. Updates will be made on this webpage as they become available.


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Education during COVID-19

Posted on Aug 07, 2020

On Saturday, Aug. 1, Dr. Ricardo Davis, president of Concerned Organization for Quality Education of Black Students (COQEBS) and Delquanda Turner Smith, community engagement advocate for the Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg (FHSP), discussed Pinellas’ ongoing battle for educational equity on WTMP’s “Equity Now” radio broadcast.

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90 Days of COVID Response

Posted on Jul 27, 2020

In April, Grow Smarter conducted a Community Needs Assessment with our steering committee and community partners. Based on that document, we designed a comprehensive response to COVId-19 to help build resilience and continued prosperity for all of St Pete.

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Tampa Bay Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund

Posted on Jul 02, 2020

As Hurricane Irma threatened in Fall 2017, the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay and other local funders sprang into action. They joined to provide a trusted source to gather and disburse disaster relief and recovery funds.

Allegany Franciscan Ministries, Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg, the Pinellas Community Foundation, four area United Ways and others pooled their resources with the the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, whose disaster fund had been established a decade earlier.

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Grow Smarter Pivots Foundation Funding to Address Small Business and St. Petersburg Residents

Business Resiliency Program to Give Consideration to Minority- and Women-owned Businesses

Posted on Apr 28, 2020

Grow Smarter St. Petersburg, an equitable economic development initiative based at the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce and primarily funded by the Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg, will be redirecting an estimated $151,741 of awarded funds towards COVID-19 relief efforts in the community.


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Across the South, Here’s How Local Funders Have Mobilized to Respond to COVID-19

Posted on Apr 23, 2020

Compared to elsewhere in the country, some southern states and jurisdictions were slower to issue shelter-in-place orders and resistant to closing local businesses as COVID-19 emerged as a threat last month. Now, there are growing moves across the region to loosen restrictions, with Georgia’s governor allowing many businesses to reopen this week—a move that’s been strongly criticized by public health experts and some mayors in the state.

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Nearly $1 million Tampa Bay Resiliency Fund Activated

Four agencies join forces for COVID-19 funding assistance

Posted on Apr 06, 2020

A unique partnership has been launched to help the critical organizations that provide assistance to the most vulnerable of our local residents being affected by the COVID-19 public health crisis. The Tampa Bay Resiliency Fund (TBRF) is a new strategic collaboration of the Pinellas Community Foundation, Allegany Franciscan Ministries, Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg and United Way Suncoast with nearly $1 million of funding assistance available to nonprofit 501(c) organizations and governmental agencies.


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Emerging Needs, and the Safer at Home Order

Posted on Mar 28, 2020

The potential scale of the COVID-19 pandemic is now clear. Pinellas County has instituted Resolution # 20-20, COVID-19 SAFER AT HOME Order. This development is designed to safeguard the community, but its impact on people of color will be disproportionately negative.


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COVID-19 Precautions and Initial Actions

Posted on Mar 17, 2020

Foundation office operating virtually, Center for Health Equity is closed. In light of the rapidly evolving health crisis posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, we have taken the following precautions and actions…


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