According to officials, Pinellas County on Wednesday had given more than 12,300 first-round doses of the coronovirus vaccine, according to the dose, including employees at CVS and Walgren Pharmacies, who work in the county health department, hospitals and nursing homes in the area.
As Tampa Bay residents await when they may receive a coronovirus vaccination, each county is working on its plan.
Pinellas has been slower in its distribution than some neighboring counties, but “we don’t want to do this right,” we do want to do this right, said Pin Iovino, a spokesman for the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County.
“We’re starting at zero,” said Iovino, who notes that the county is still finalizing details of its vaccination plans. “Once we have the information, we will be able to provide it.”
“We are asking people to be patient,” he said.
According to Iovino, no vaccine dose received so far from the state has been in vain. He said the county is unable to reduce the number of people vaccinated by profession – such as firefighters, police officers or health care workers – as would not be able to do so for a seasonal influenza vaccine.
Pinella was selected as one of the first two counties in Florida to vaccinate residents of nursing homes. According to a media release Wednesday from the county health department, out of the county’s 68 facilities, 6,700 employees and residents have been vaccinated.
The next priority is making a plan for ordinary people 65 and older. Those vaccinations are scheduled to begin on 5 January. Ivoino said.
The county will use a reservation system that allows individuals to schedule a time in advance and “knows that there is a vaccination waiting for them,” Illinois said. He said the goal is to limit waste and ensure that those waiting in line will not be carried away.
People will be allowed to register online and by phone. The phone number and website address have not been released, but are expected to go live from 3pm. 4. The priority of this phase will be based on an individual’s ability to secure a reservation slot.
Piolas County has yet to receive a shipment of the vaccine from the state for this phase, Iovino said, and it is not certain how many doses it will receive. He said the county has not received a final vaccination plan from the state and only has access to the state draft plan published in October.
The county health department is trying to get call calls from the community due to high call demands and is working with Pinellas County Emergency Management officials to recruit additional operators.
Today, those who call Pinellas health department will be told that the plan is being formalized. When this happens, the department will share information on social media and county websites and inform local media, faith communities and organizations such as the Pinellas County Urban League, Ivoino.
As the overdose approaches, the county will become a vaccination site in association with commercial pharmacies, doctors’ offices and clinics.
The state publishes an updated number of people vaccinated by the county each day. Pinellas County will not publish its data separately.