COVID-19 Vaccines Available
Through Metro Inclusive Health

PLEASE NOTE: Metro Inclusive Health is adding vaccination dates as doses are made available. Those appointments can be accessed via the “Schedule an Appointment” button below. We will also continue to update this page with information on who qualifies as executive orders are issued. Please keep in mind that even though updated requirements may be announced, we are required to wait until an executive order is issued before we may open up scheduling according to those requirements. 

As a leader in community-based healthcare, Metro Inclusive Health is focused on keeping patients informed about the latest developments surrounding the COVID-19 vaccine in Tampa Bay.

We are pleased to announce that METRO is now offering the Pfizer vaccine to the following community members:

  • March 29 – April 2:
    • Age 40 and over
    • Medically Vulnerable (You must present a FL DOH form EO-21-47 completed and signed by your physician at the time of your appointment.)
  • Effective April 5:
    • All individuals ages 18+ are eligible for COVID-19 vaccination in Florida. METRO offers the Pfizer vaccine, which is also approved for ages 16 & 17. Minors must bring a signed Parental Consent form or have a legal guardian present during the appointment.
 

The Pfizer vaccine is administered in two doses spaced three weeks apart. Your second dose will be scheduled during your appointment. 

Frequently Asked Questions

METRO is now offering the Pfizer vaccine to our community. If you are eligible, you may schedule an appointment here.

We will continue to update this page with eligibility information as it becomes available. Please keep in mind that even though updated requirements may be announced, we are required to wait until an executive order is issued before we may open up scheduling according to those requirements. 

Nothing. Vaccines are made available free of charge.

For both dose 1 and dose 2 appointments, bring a completed copy of the COVID-19 Vaccine Consent Form and verification of Florida Residency. Accepted documents:

  • Florida issued Photo ID (preferred)
  • If you don’t have a Florida issued ID, you can bring any Photo ID in addition to:
    • Voter Registration Card
    • Utility Bill
    • Lease or Mortgage Statement
    • Government Issued Letter (ie. Social Security Determination Letter)

 

If the appointment is for your 2nd dose of the vaccine: in addition to the Consent Form and verification of Florida Residency, you must also bring your CDC vaccination card, which was provided during your 1st dose. If you have misplaced your card, please let the vaccination team know, so that we can provide a new one.

The vaccine helps our bodies build immunity to the virus by causing the disease without us actually getting sick from it. You can learn more from the CDC about the three main types of COVID-19 vaccines.

Yes. The Pfizer vaccine requires two doses, three weeks apart.

Ending this pandemic requires using every resource available to us. Vaccination is one of many steps we must take to protect ourselves and those around us. Getting the vaccine prepares your immune system to fight off the virus if you are exposed. Being vaccinated, along with wearing a mask, maintaining social distancing, and washing your hands will help keep us all safe.

Common side effects for the Pfizer vaccine include pain at the injection site, tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, joint pain, and fever. These can last several days and are more likely to occur after the second dose.

There is a remote chance that the vaccine could cause a severe allergic reaction. If an allergic reaction is triggered, it is usually within a few minutes to one hour after receiving a dose. For this reason, you will be required to wait on-site for 15 minutes after receiving each dose of the Pfizer vaccine at METRO. Signs of a severe allergic reaction can include difficulty breathing, swelling of your face and throat, fast heartbeat, bad rash all over your body, or dizziness and weakness.

Because the vaccines are so new, there is not enough data to know how long the vaccines will last.

None of the vaccines currently in development in the U.S. use the live virus that causes COVID-19. The point of vaccination is to teach our immune systems to recognize and fight off the virus that causes COVID-19. This can cause symptoms, such as fever, but these symptoms are normal and show the body is building immunity.

No. It typically takes a few weeks to build up immunity after the vaccination. That means it is possible to get COVID-19 after being vaccinated.

How long somebody is protected from COVID-19 after recovering is still unknown. Data currently suggests naturally immunity doesn’t last very long. However, more studies are needed to help determine this.

The FDA has a thorough review process that analyzes data from clinical trials involving thousands of people and determines next steps, such as emergency use authorization (EUA) or approval. Safety and effectiveness are evaluated as part of this process and will continue to be monitored as the vaccines roll out to the general public.

The CDC has created a new smartphone-based tool available to anyone who receives a COVID-19 vaccine. Those who enroll in v-safe can receive reminders about the second vaccine dose and surveys about how they’re feeling after a COVID-19 vaccine.

Before clearing a treatment for emergency use authorization (EUA), the FDA evaluates its safety and effectiveness. In its clinical trials of over 30,000 participants, the Pfizer vaccine was shown to be 95 percent effective with 9 cases of COVID-19 developing in the vaccine group and 169 in the placebo group.

No. However, the flu shot can prevent you from getting the flu at the same time as COVID-19.

For now, you should still be following all CDC guidelines to stay safe. This includes getting the vaccination, maintaining social distance, washing your hands, and wearing a mask.

Continue to follow CDC guidelines. Maintain social distancing, wash your hands, and wear your mask.

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