Updated Covid Vaccine Info

Once again, the process is changing for Covid vaccine appointments for those over 65 in Pinellas County that have pre-registered on the www.PatientPortalFL.com website. For those pre-registered, you need to await either a text or an email from the Health Department (Pinellas County Government) to let you know they are ready for you to make an appointment online. (There will no longer be the mad dash to sign in to the website at a pre-determined time as it caused more angst and frustration than it helped.) Additional details about this process are below (starting with the blue Pinellas County logo).

So in Pinellas County now, you have multiple ways to attempt to obtain an appointment for your Covid vaccine besides the pre-registration above. They are:

Publix Pharmacies https://www.publix.com/covid-vaccine/florida

Walmart http://www.walmart.com/COVIDvaccine

Sam’s Club http://www.samsclub.com/covid

Hopefully with these multiple avenues to obtain an appointment for the vaccine, more and more folks are able to get those coveted appointments!

Pinellas County Government Public Information

Improved process announced for vaccine scheduling. • Residents 65 and older who have pre-registered through CDR Health Pro Patient Portal will receive a text and/or email as vaccine appointments become available. There will be no more open calls. • Residents will need to book appointments for both doses within 48 hours of the notification. • Only enough people to cover for the available vaccine supply will be contacted.

Pinellas County officials announced an improved process for individuals 65+ to book their COVID-19 vaccine appointments. The process will no longer involve open calls to all users, but rather direct notifications to smaller groups of users based on the number of available doses.

For residents who have pre-registered:

Residents 65 and older who have created accounts through the CDR Health Pro Patient Portal (www.PatientPortalFL.com) should frequently monitor their text messages and/or emails, whichever they provided in the CDR Health portal, for a direct notification. The notification will include instructions for scheduling their vaccination as new appointments become available in the coming weeks. For now, people will be contacted in the order in which they signed up.

The process is summarized below: - Monitor for a direct notification from CDR Health. Only one notification will be provided. Reminders will not be sent.

- Log in, enter the requested information and book first and second dose appointments. Users will have 48 hours to complete the booking. - Keep the appointment. Due to limited supply and high demand, rescheduling is not available. Prioritize accordingly. There are approximately 60,000 residents pre-registered in the system who have not yet scheduled an appointment.

For residents who have not yet pre-registered:

Residents 65+ should pre-register on the website (www.PatientPortalFL.com) or call 844-770-8548 to create an account or get help. When registering, opt in to both email and text alerts when possible. Individuals without immediate computer or cell phone access are encouraged to have a friend or family member pre-register them and monitor for the notification.

To date, more than 94,000 people have received at least their first dose of the vaccine in Pinellas County, around 9.5 percent of the county’s population. For more information on local vaccine distribution and availability updates, visit https://covid19.pinellascounty.org/vaccines

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