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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 the DOH-Pasco clinic locations that provide COVID-19 vaccine.

 

Question:  Where can I go to get the COVID-19 vaccine through DOH-Pasco?

Answer:  

  • COVID-19 vaccination appointments are 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 available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.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:  Where can I take my 12-17-year-old child to get the Pfizer vaccine?

Answer:  Pasco County has over 130 locations providing vaccine throughout the county, and many of them offer the Pfizer vaccine. Visit the DOH Vaccine Locator webpage to find COVID-19 vaccination sites by county or city. 

 

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:  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: 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, and a completed COVID-19 Screening and Consent form. 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: Where can I get the COVID-19 Screening and Consent form?

Answer: You can download the form in English, Spanish and 
Haitian Creole
.

  

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.