AdventHealth’s West Florida Division will start to administer coronavirus vaccine to elderly patients Wednesday, including at three locations in Tampa Bay, the nonprofit health care chain announced.
The first phase of distribution will include patients who are 65 and older and have a primary care physician with AdventHealth Medical Group, as well as health care workers within AdventHealth’s network. Those who are eligible will receive an email from AdventHealth with information about how to register.
Locally, shots will be offered at locations in Carrollwood, Clearwater and Zephyrhills, until supplies run out. AdventHealth did not say how many doses it has available and declined to share specific locations because vaccine appointments are not open to the public.
“We know the community has been eager to gain access to the vaccine and we are excited to expand our services,” said Robin McGuinness, senior executive officer over patient outcomes. “We will be administering the vaccine as quickly and efficiently as possible. … It is a monumental opportunity for us to provide hope for our community and it will be a process, so we ask for the community’s continued patience as we provide vaccines based on supply.”
As of this week, AdventHealth has vaccinated more than 25,500 people, including first responders and health care workers in and out of its system, a news release said Tuesday.
Patients who receive a vaccine from AdventHealth will be asked to schedule their second dose during their appointment. They’ll be required to prove they are 65 or older, and to stay at the vaccination site for at least 15 minutes after their shot to be monitored.
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