COVID-19 Vaccines

Get your COVID-19 Vaccines and Booster at METRO.

METRO is pleased to offer free COVID-19 vaccines to patients, clients and community members ages 12 and up. We are also now offering 3rd dose booster vaccines for ages 65 and older; ages 18 and older with underlying medical conditions; or ages 18 and older who work or live in high risk settings. You do not have to be a patient of METRO to receive a vaccine.

Walk in to get your COVID-19 vaccine or booster dose without an appointment according to the schedule below. Or call (727) 321-3854 if you need to arrange for free transport.

Tampa | 2105 N Nebraska Ave
Mondays: 9am-4pm

St. Pete | 3251 3rd Ave. North St.
Friday 9am-4pm
* No clinic on 11/26, 12/ 10, 12/24 and 12/31.

Clearwater | 2349 Sunset Point Rd. 

Tuesdays: 9am-4pm
* No clinic on 12/21. 

New Port Richey4747 US-19

Wednesdays: 9am-4pm

Read our Frequently Asked Questions below for everything you need to know about COVID vaccines and appointments.

Frequently Asked Questions

METRO is now offering two-dose Pfizer COVID vaccines and booster doses to patients and community members that meet the eligibility requirements. Visit this page or call us at (727) 321-3854 about vaccine clinic hours and appointments at our 4 locations across Tampa Bay.

Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines may be available, please call (727) 321-3854 to inquire.

All individuals ages 12+ are eligible to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. All patients must fill out aย consent form, including legal guardian permission if the patient is under 18 years old.

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine requires only one dose and the Pfizer vaccine requires two doses, three weeks apart.

Based on federal guidelines, community members may be eligible for booster doses of the mRNA Pfizer or Moderna vaccines. For immunocompromised individuals, the booster should be given at least 4 weeks (28 days) after the 2nd dose of the vaccine. If you just recently received your 2nd dose, you might not be due for the booster yet. For those who are not immunocompromised, CDC recommends a booster 6 months from the 2nd dose.

CDC recommends a 3rd Dose of the mRNA (Pfizer and Moderna) for persons who are immunocompromised to include but not limited to:

โ€ข Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood

โ€ข Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system

โ€ข Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system

โ€ข Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)

โ€ข Advanced or untreated HIV infection (such as patients who are not on ART and/or who have CD4 200 or less)

โ€ข Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response

โ€ข A medical condition or multiple medical conditions, which a medical provider deems to potentially decrease the immune response to the vaccine.

If you think you qualify but do not fall into one of the above categories, you should discuss with your medical provider if a booster is indicated.

CDC also recommends a 3rd Dose/Booster of the mRNA Pfizer 6 months from the second dose for persons: Ages 65 and older; Ages 18 and older with underlying medical conditions; or Ages 18 and older who work or live in high-risk settings.

Although it is recommended that the booster (3rd dose) should be of the same manufacturer as their initial 2 doses, if this unavailable, they can receive an mRNA vaccine from a different manufacturer.

What if you initially received the J&J/Janssen vaccine? Per CDC guidance, METRO will not provide a second dose of J&J vaccine nor provide an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) to someone who has received the J&J vaccine.ย  This may change in the future if and when the CDC provides updated guidance regarding this.

Nothing. Vaccines are made available free of charge.

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 donโ€™t know how long short-term antibody protection can last after recovery, so vaccines are the safest option.

For those seeking a booster dose, they need to wait until they have recovered prior to receive any dose of the COVID vaccine. This means, at least 10 days from their positive test. Although there is no minimum interval AFTER the initial 10 days, and they could receive the vaccine any time after that, they need to consider that their immunity is at its highest after recovering from the disease and it might persist at these high levels for a few months. It will decrease over time but waiting a few weeks after having recovered from COVID seems to be safe and extend the benefits of the immunity once they receive the vaccine.

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 donโ€™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.

For booster doses, please bring the self-attestation form (linked at the top of the page).

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.

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.ย 

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.

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 theyโ€™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.ย 

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.

The FAQs provided here are based on publicly-available information. The contents of this website, such as text, graphics, images and other material are intended for informational and educational purposes only and not for the purpose of rendering medical advice. The contents of this website are not intended to substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Although we take efforts to keep the medical information on our website updated, we cannot guarantee that the information on our website reflects the most up-to-date research. Please consult your physician for personalized medical advice. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions regarding a medical condition or vaccine.