Next sign-ups for COVID-19 vaccination in Pasco

Registration to receive the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in Pasco County reopens Sunday, Feb. 28.

The Florida Department of Health in Pasco County, in coordination with Pasco County Emergency Management, announced that the next round of vaccine administrations will take place Monday-Friday, March 1-5.

DOH-Pasco vaccination sites continue to be limited to the Sears at Gulf View Square Mall in Port Richey and Saint Leo University. Pasco County residency is not required to register to receive the vaccine, but Florida residency is a must.

Eligible recipients are healthcare personnel with direct patient contact, residents and staff of long-term healthcare facilities and adults aged 65 and older.

Vaccination appointments for first doses will open for registration at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 28. Appointments are mandatory to receive the COVID-19 vaccination and health officials continue to advise individuals that demand is greater than supply, meaning appointments will fill up quickly.

Next week's vaccination dates through March 5 are as follows:

- Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Leo University.

- Tuesday and Thursday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Sears at Gulf View Square Mall

DOH-Pasco will NOT be providing vaccinations at either location on Saturday, March 6 or Sunday, March 7.

It is required to have a photo I.D. when checking in for all vaccination appointments. If the online patient portal was used to register for an appointment (instead of calling), those people should bring a printed or digital copy of the confirmation email they received containing a QR code.

The patient portal website is at PatientPortalFL.com and individuals may call 1-844-770-8548 and create an account with CDR Maguire: Heath and Medical. The account allows users to then register for an appointment.

According to a Feb. 26 press release, DOH-Pasco expanded its outreach efforts to dental and medical offices not affiliated with hospitals. Practice managers are asked to complete a survey for staff who have direct contact with patients and want to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The survey will help establish the best method to provide vaccine to these individuals and will be open through Friday, March 5.

A total of 19 Publix Supermarkets throughout Pasco County continue offering vaccination appointments and DOH-Pasco anticipates other retail pharmacies to join the effort. All available appointments at Publix have been claimed according to its website, https://www.publix.com/covid-vaccine/florida. Individuals are asked to return to the website at 7 a.m., Monday, March 1, to try to book an appointment.

SECOND DOSE

Anyone who received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine through DOH-Pasco 28 days ago or more and has not received their second dose can go to any of the locations listed above to receive their second dose. No appointment is required. A photo I.D. and the vaccination card received after getting the first dose are both required upon arrival.

VACCINE REQUIREMENTS

Individuals do not have to be Pasco residents to receive the vaccine at county clinic locations, but must be Florida residents and provide proof of residency. Eligible recipients are healthcare personnel with direct patient contact, residents and staff of long-term healthcare facilities and adults aged 65 and older.

Residency can be proven by providing a valid Florida driver’s license or identification card issued by the Florida State Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. If neither of these are on hand, individuals can present any two of six documents that reflect a Florida residential address.

  • Category A: a deed, mortgage, monthly mortgage statement, mortgage payment booklet or residential rental or lease agreement
  • Category B: a utility hookup or utility work order dated within 60 days before the date of vaccination
  • Category C: a utility bill dated within two months of the date of vaccination
  • Category D: mail from a financial institution, including checking, savings or investment account statements, dated within two months of the date of vaccination
  • Category E: mail from a federal, state, county or municipal government agency, dated within two months of the date of vaccination
  • Category F: proof of a Florida residential address for the individual’s parent, stepparent, legal guardian or other person with whom the seasonal resident resides in Florida, plus, a written statement from the person with whom the seasonal resident resides stating that the seasonal resident does reside with him or her.

COVID TESTING

DOH-Pasco has reduced COVID-19 drive-thru testing to three days per week. Testing will only be provided at Sears in the Gulf View Square Mall on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8-11 a.m. Testing is not provided at St. Leo University.