Residents scramble to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as Tampa Bay sees 20% positivity rate

Tampa Bay is continuing to see a rise in COVID-19 cases, and it seems the recent high caseloads are prompting more vaccinations in the area, according to the latest weekly data from the Florida Department of Health.

Hillsborough County saw slightly less than double its number of weekly vaccinations in the latest report, which covers Friday, July 23 through Thursday, July 29. In that time, the county reported 14,523 new vaccinations. In the week prior, 8,918 people got vaccinated.

With the wave of new vaccinations, 57% of those eligible to receive a vaccine have now received one in Hillsborough. That eligibility accounts for the county’s 12 years and older population. So far, 728,413 people have been vaccinated in the county.

The substantial increase in vaccinations may be in response to the growing number of cases the county has seen in the past couple weeks. And, those case numbers don’t look like they will be coming down anytime soon.

In the last week, the county saw 7,124 new COVID-19 cases, and a positivity rate of 20.5% — one of the highest rates the county has reported since last year’s outbreak. In comparison, Hillsborough reported an 18.1% average positivity rate the week prior

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