Zephyrhills Free Press

COVID-19 “Milestone”

Vaccinated resident outnumber positive cases

The Florida Department of Health in Pasco County announced Monday it has vaccinated more people in a month than the total number of residents that have tested positive for COVID-19 since the pandemic began nearly a year ago.

Information released Monday from DOH-Pasco celebrates a “small milestone” that the county has vaccinated approximately 29,449 residents for COVID-19 and 6,513 have completed their second dose.

DOH-Pasco began its COVID-19 Vaccination Distribution Program Dec. 31 and has received aid in the distribution process from the state of Florida, various community hospitals, nursing homes and long-term care facilities, 55-and-older communities and DOH-Pasco drive-thru vaccination sites.

The press release states that 3,163 vaccines will be distributed to residents in 55-and-up communities who are 65 and older. It was also reported that several churches have shown a significant interest in partnering to help reach the 65 and older population.

The milestone comes three days after the county received 9,700 doses of Moderna vaccine. Administration of those doses began Monday. DOH-Pasco provided 1,400 first-dose vaccinations each day on Monday and Wednesday this week at Saint Leo University. On Friday at the same location, 700 more doses will be administered.

In West Pasco, 1,000 first-dose vaccinations were given on Tuesday at Gulf View Square Mall in Port Richey. There will also be 1,400 second-dose vaccinations administered on Thursday at Gulf View Square Mall.

Those who need a second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine will receive an email from CDRM Health No-Reply: no-reply@cdrmhealth.com or noreply@salesforce.com on or before Monday, Feb. 1.

It is required to have a photo I.D. when checking in for vaccination appointments. If the online patient portal was used to register for an appointment (instead of calling), those people should bring a printed or digital copy of the confirmation email they received containing a QR code.

In order to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, Pasco County residency is not required, but Florida residency is required. Staff at the Pasco County Health Department cannot schedule COVID-19 vaccination appointments. There are no vaccines available without appointments. Every person needs their own appointment.

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