Hillsborough County to begin vaccinating seniors Wednesday

Hillsborough County will begin vaccinating individuals 65 and older on this coming Wednesday.

The county has allocated an initial 4,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine for front-line health care workers and seniors, who are more vulnerable to coronavirus complications. About 1,500 of those vaccine doses will be distributed at four vaccine distribution sites strategically located across the county, according to a county news release.

The four vaccine distribution sites in Hillsborough are:

— North University Mall (parking lot) 2200 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa

— South Vance Vogel Sports Complex 13012 Bullfrog Creek Road, Gibsonton

— East Strawberry Festival Fairgrounds 2700 W. Risk St., Plant City

— West Ed Radice Sports Complex 14720 Ed Radice Drive, Tampa

The vaccination sites were chosen for their geographic diversity, available resources and population density of residents age 65 and older, according to the county. Appointments are mandatory in order to receive a vaccination at the sites, and can be made online or by calling 888-755-2822 starting Monday.

The announcement from Hillsborough follows that of neighboring Pinellas County, which announced earlier this week that it plans to start administering vaccines to those 65 and older next Tuesday.

So far, Hillsborough County

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