COVID-19 Vaccines Available
Through Metro Inclusive Health

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 single dose Johnson & Johnson as well as the two-dose Pfizer vaccine to patients an community members.

All individuals ages 18+ are eligible to receive the Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, or Moderna vaccine. Additionally, those aged 12+ are eligible to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. All patients must fill out a consent form, including legal guardian permission if the patient is under 18 years old.

Schedule your vaccine by calling us at (727) 321-3854. 

Frequently Asked Questions

METRO is now offering the single dose Johnson & Johnson and two-dose Pfizer vaccines to patients and community members that meet the eligibility requirements. 

All individuals ages 18+ are eligible to receive the Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, or Moderna vaccine. Additionally, those aged 12+ are eligible to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. All patients must fill out a consent form, including legal guardian permission if the patient is under 18 years old.

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.

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine requires only one dose and 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. Being vaccinated, along with following CDC recommendations to wear a mask, maintaining social distancing, and washing your hands will help keep us all safe.

Getting the vaccine prepares your immune system to fight off the virus if you are exposed. COVID-19 can cause severe medical complications and lead to death in some people. There is no way to know how COVID-19 will affect you. The vaccine can help protect you by creating an antibody response in your body without becoming sick with COVID-19.

Vaccination might prevent you from getting COVID-19, becoming seriously ill or developing serious complications due to the virus.

If you get COVID-19, you could spread the disease to family, friends, and others. Vaccination might help protect your community, particularly those at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19.

Common side effects for the Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines include pain at the injection site, tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, joint pain, and fever. These side effects happen within a day or two of getting the vaccine. They are normal signs that your body is building protection and should go away within a few days.

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. 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.

Fainting and other events that may be related to anxiety like rapid breathing, low blood pressure, numbness, or tingling can happen after getting any vaccine. Although uncommon, these events are not unexpected, and they are generally not serious.

For this reason, you will be required to wait on-site for 15 minutes after receiving a dose of any COVID-19 vaccine at METRO. 

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.

Yes. The CDC recommends that you get vaccinated even if you have already had COVID-19, because you can be diagnosed more than once.

We don’t know how long short-term antibody protection can last after recovery, so vaccines are the safest option.

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 COVID-19 vaccines were tested in clinical trials involving tens of thousands of people of all races and ethnicities to make sure they met safety standards. These trials showed no serious safety concerns.

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.

COVID-19 vaccination is especially important for people with underlying health problems like heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, and obesity; they are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19.

Before clearing a treatment for emergency use authorization (EUA), the FDA evaluates its safety and effectiveness

The COVID-19 vaccines were tested in clinical trials involving tens of thousands of people of all races and ethnicities to make sure they met safety standards. These trials showed no serious safety concerns.

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. These guidelines may vary depend on vaccination status, risk of transmission in various settings, and more.

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

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