The vaccine is not widely available in Hillsborough County at this time. We expect to be able to accommodate appointments for the vaccine for priority groups the first part of January. Please continue to check back for updated information as available.
Hillsborough County, the Florida Department of Health, and its partners are developing a comprehensive vaccination distribution program to ensure that the most vulnerable, medical workers, first responders, long-term care residents, and all residents are protected against the COVID-19. For complete, up-to-date information, follow Hillsborough County’s COVID-19 Information Page.
Many vaccines are being developed and tested, but some might be ready before others, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The federal agency is working with partners at all levels, including health care associations, on flexible COVID-19 vaccination programs that can accommodate different vaccines and scenarios. According to the CDC, being vaccinated provides numerous benefits. It is also important to know that the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) ensures vaccine quality, safety, and effectiveness.
The FDA is responsible for approving the vaccines for use in the United States. The agency is expected to expedite distribution under a process known as Emergency Use Authorization. Learn the facts about the COVID 19 vaccines and the federal government’s efforts to accelerate the development, manufacturing, and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics.
Phase 1 Begins December *
Limited Supply of Vaccine Availability
Phase 2 Begins March *
Significant Increase of Vaccine Availability
Phase 3 Begins April *
Ample Supply of Vaccine Availability
* Date ranges are subject to change. Priority and Phases are determined by the amount of vaccine the state and county receives.
For questions, contact the Florida Department of Health at (866) 779-6121 or COVID-19@FlHealth.Gov
Before going online to search for vaccine information, make sure that you have identified credible sources that regularly update their information. The CDC offers guidance on how to find credible information. In addition, the Immunization Action Coalition offers valuable advice on evaluating online health information. The University of California San Francisco’s Evaluating Health Information page lists red flags every consumer needs to know.