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James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital - Tampa, Florida
Tampa VA expands vaccinations at new USF clinic
Friday, March 26, 2021James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital staff ran through their first simulation today to prepare for expanded COVID-19 vaccination availability at the USF Yuengling Center.
The James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital & Clinics (Tampa VA) and the Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County (DOH-Hillsborough) is expanding vaccination operations by moving the recently established drive-through vaccination clinic to a new, larger site, at the University of South Florida’s (USF) Yuengling Center, formerly known as the Sun Dome beginning March 30.
The new site will include 24 vaccination stations in four temporary drive-through shelters, as well as drive up screening stations and waiting areas for after a person is vaccinated.
A formal FEMA Mission Assignment created the unique partnership between Tampa VA and DOH-Hillsborough enabling the Tampa VA to vaccinate non-VA patients using doses provided by DOH-Hillsborough at a drive-through clinic adjacent to the Tampa VA main hospital. The move to the USF’s Yuengling Center reflects the university’s long-standing commitment to community service and support of veterans in the Tampa Bay area.
“It makes sense for us to combine our resources and skill sets to vaccinate as many people as quickly as possible,” said David VanMeter, interim director of James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital & Clinics, of the collaboration. “Since December 2020 we have vaccinated tens of thousands of Veterans and employees. This new location will allow us to offer even more protection to their family members now, too, as well as Veterans not in our care.”
Those eligible to receive a vaccination must meet current Florida state eligibility requirements and belong to one of the below categories:
· Veterans who are not enrolled in or eligible for VA health care (not VA patients)
· Family members of Veterans currently receiving care at VA (VA patients)
· Family members of Veterans not enrolled in or eligible for VA health care
· Family members of VA staff
Vaccinations are available by appointment only. Those eligible to receive the vaccine can self-schedule an appointment at Tampa VA’s EventBrite page.
Tampa VA offers vaccines to all its patients, regardless of age or medical condition. More information is available on its website.