Pinellas: Vaccine pre-registration opens at 10 a.m. for residents 65+
Appointments will fill quickly for 10,000 doses
Registration begins at 10 a.m. today, Friday, Jan. 15, for additional COVID-19 vaccinations
- FL Dept. of Health in Pinellas, County and Fire paramedics partnering to distribute 10,000 vaccines
- Demand still exceeds state supplies: 250,000 seniors in Pinellas eligible for vaccines under governor’s plan
Pre-registration for COVID-19 vaccinations for anyone 65 and older re-opens today, Friday, January 15, 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 vaccine and can be scheduled online through the new CDR HealthPro™ portal starting at 10 a.m. at https://www.patientportalfl.com/s/.
The appointments are expected to be booked very quickly, and residents who are unable to book theirs on Friday may sign up on the portal for alerts when the next State shipment arrives. There are no vaccines available for residents without appointments, and there is no waiting list.
“This first come, first served approach is still the fastest way to get shots in arms, which is the primary goal at this time,” said Dr. Ulyee Choe, Florida Department of Health in Pinellas Director. The department is a state agency and operates separately from Pinellas County Government.
Fire paramedic crews will operate four new public vaccination sites for seniors over 65 starting Tuesday, January 19. Those locations are not being promoted to avoid high traffic volumes of people who have not pre-registered trying to get vaccinated.
“We are well aware of the urgent need for more vaccine in our county and will continue to request the State to provide more to our hospitals, pharmacies and to the Health Department to distribute over the next weeks and months,” said Barry A. Burton, Pinellas County Administrator.
The State manages vaccine allotments and distribution to long-term care facilities, hospitals, health centers, pharmacies and local health agencies.
Additional pre-registration details:
To get a vaccine appointment, residents must first create an account at https://www.patientportalfl.com/s/, answer some questions about medical history and complete a consent form, and then select an available time. This process takes, on average, anywhere from 10-20 minutes depending on the user. (Note: creating an account does not guarantee availability for this round of appointments. It is possible that after completing the pre-registration and the medical and consent portion, the user could get a notice that all slots have been booked.)
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 have been exceptionally long in neighboring counties using the same platform.
- Appointments for the required second dose will also be made at the time of scheduling.
- Family members must sign up and register individually for appointments.
More about CDR Maguire: Health & Medical
CDR Maguire’s healthcare team has been providing PCR, Antibody and Antigen COVID-19 test kits, laboratory services, test site logistics and management, and medical supplies and PPE, to state and local governments since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. CDR Maguire’s proprietary software, CDR HealthPro™, is designed to collect and keep track of patient data integrating all patient, county, state, and federal needs into one streamlined portal.