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COVID-19 Vaccination FAQs

Florida Department of Health in Pasco County

Frequently Asked Questions  


Question:  Is there a cost to be vaccinated?

Answer:  There is no cost to be vaccinated at one of Pasco County’s public dispensing sites. Insurance is not required. 


Question:  Where are the DOH-Pasco drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination sites?

Answer:  The locations below are only for second-dose vaccination through the month of May.

West SideEast Side

Sears Auto Center
Gulf View Square Mall
9409 US Hwy. 19
Port Richey, FL 34668

Saint Leo University
33701 State Road 52
St. Leo, FL 33574

Question:  Where can I go to get my first-dose of COVID-19 vaccine through DOH-Pasco?


  • COVID-19 vaccination appointments are now available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at our Dade City clinic located at 13941 15th, Dade City, FL 33525.
  • COVID-19 vaccination appointments are now available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at our New Port Richey clinic located at 10841 Little Rd., New Port Richey, FL 34654. 


Question:  How old do I have to be to get vaccinated at DOH-Pasco?

Answer:  At this time, only the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is available through DOH-Pasco. Per CDC recommendation, you must be at least 18 years old to receive the vaccine at DOH-Pasco. 


Question:  How do I schedule an appointment for my first-dose of COVID-19 vaccine?

Answer:  To schedule an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccination at DOH-Pasco, you can call 727-861-5260 and select Option 1 for Medical Services then Option 2 for Immunizations.


Question:  If I have already had COVID-19 and recovered, do I still need to get vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine when available?

Answer:  COVID-19 vaccination should be offered to you regardless of whether you already had COVID-19 infection. You should not be required to have an antibody test before you are vaccinated.  However, anyone currently infected with COVID-19 should wait to get vaccinated until after their illness has resolved and after they have met the criteria to discontinue isolation.  Additionally, current evidence suggests that reinfection with the virus that causes COVID-19 is uncommon in the 90 days after initial infection. Therefore, people with a recent infection may delay vaccination until the end of that 90-day period if desired.


Question:  When will more appointments become available?

Answer:  Pasco County expects new supplies of vaccines from the State weekly. Vaccination appointments will be made available based on supply.  


Question: Where can I get the COVID-19 Screening and Consent form?

Answer: You can download the form in English or Spanish.


Question:  How many doses of the vaccine are required?

Answer:  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines require two shots to be fully effective. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine only requires one shot.


Question:  How soon after the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine should I receive the second dose?

Answer:  Persons should be scheduled as close to the recommended time for Moderna (28 days) and Pfizer (21 days). However, second doses administered within a grace period of four days earlier than the recommended date for the second dose are still considered valid. Doses given earlier than the grace period do not need to be repeated. 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. 


Question:  What vaccine will be available at the public dispensing sites?

Answer:  The type of vaccine depends on supplies provided by the State. Ask the healthcare worker who is administering the injection what type is being dispensed that day for first-time recipients. DOH-Pasco currently receives the Moderna vaccine.


Question: I got my first dose of Moderna vaccine in a different county/state. How can I get my second dose in Pasco County?

Answer: To schedule a second-dose appointment for a COVID-19 vaccination at DOH-Pasco, you can call 727-861-5260 and select Option 1 for Medical Services then Option 2 for Immunizations.


Question:  What do I need to bring with me to the appointment?

Answer:  You will need to bring a valid photo ID with your name and date of birth. You will also need to wear a face mask while you are in a DOH-Pasco clinic. (Anyone who has trouble breathing or is unable to remove a mask without assistance should not wear a mask.)


Question:  What should I do if I have a reaction to the vaccine when I get home?

Answer:  Follow the instructions provided during your visit. If you have a medical emergency, call 9-1-1.