Here's How To Get A Coronavirus Vaccination In Pasco County

PASCO COUNTY, FL — There's been a lot of frustration and confusion among residents age 65 and up over the coronavirus vaccination process.

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  • Pasco County residents are encouraged to create an account on the patient portal to receive alerts about vaccine appointment availability and scheduling.

  • To receive alerts and schedule a coronavirus vaccination, click here and create an account. You will receive updates by email from CDR Maguire Health and Medical for upcoming appointments.

  • For those who do not have internet access or who need assistance with the online portal, call 1-844-770-8548.

  • Creating an account does not guarantee availability for an appointment, but it will allow you to receive alerts when appointment become available.

  • The county receives a limited number of vaccines each week and appointments fill quickly. As the county receives more vaccines from the state, it will increase the number of appointments available.

  • No vaccines will be administered to anyone who does not have an appointment.

  • Only those who are on Gov. Ron DeSantis's priority list can receive a vaccine. These include residents age 65 and up, front-line health care workers and first responders.

  • If you are a resident under 65 years old with an immune deficiency disorder or a chronic illness that can be exacerbated by the coronavirus, call the hospital you normally use or the one closest to you to find out if you are eligible to receive the vaccine at the hospital. DeSantis has asked the hospitals to evaluate residents individually.

  • Those who have not been able to get an appointment will not be put on a waiting list. They need to go back online or call each time registrations are opened.

  • Every member of the family eligible for vaccination must have their own account and must have a separate appointment to receive the vaccine.

  • Be sure to show up on time for your appointment. Do not arrive early.

  • If you are receiving your vaccination at Sears at Gulfview Square Mall, 9409 U.S. 19, Port Richey, be mindful of mall patrons and do not block entrances. The other county vaccination site is Saint Leo University, 33701 State Road, 52, Saint Leo.

  • Starting Jan. 25, the drive-thru testing at Gulfview Square Mall will reduce its hours of operation to three days a week, Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8 to 11 a.m. to accommodate the vaccination appointments.

  • Check your email account for notifications of vaccine appointments. Emails will be sent from: "CDRM Health No-Reply: no-reply@cdrmhealth.com," not from the Pasco County Health Department. Make sure to check your spam and junk boxes, too.

  • If you registered for an appointment with CDR Maguire using the online portal, you will receive an email from noreply@salesforce.com with the time, date and location to receive your coronavirus vaccination.

  • Verify that you have a vaccine appointment. The appointment confirmation will have a QR code (pictured on the left), not a barcode (pictured on the right).

  • Everyone is required to get two doses of the vaccine. Those who get the Pfizer vaccine should return for a booster shot in three weeks and those who receive the Moderna vaccine should return for a second dose in about a month. There is no maximum time between the first and second doses for either vaccine. If the second dose is administered more than three weeks after the first Pfizer dose or more than one month after the first Moderna vaccine dose, there is no need to restart the series.

  • If you received your first dose of the vaccine, you are guaranteed an appointment for your second dose. You do not need to contact the health department to register. You will receive an email from CDR Maguire Health & Medical (noreply@salesforce.com) with a link to register for the second dose. You might need to check your spam or junk folder because the email for appointments will not come from the Pasco County Health Department.

  • The DOH-Pasco will hold second dose vaccination clinics beginning Jan. 26 for anyone who received their first dose of the vaccine between Dec.31 and Jan. 8. Second dose appointments will be held between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Jan. 26, Jan. 28, Feb. 2 and Feb. 4 at Sears Auto Center at Gulfview Square Mall, 9409 U.S. 19, Port Richey.

  • If you used the online patient portal to register for an appointment (instead of calling), you should bring a printed or digital copy of the confirmation email you received containing a QR code. Also bring the vaccination card you received with your first dose as well as a photo I.D.

For more information about vaccine, visit the DOH-Pasco website. Click here for FAQs.

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This article originally appeared on the New Port Richey Patch