HCA West Florida opens caregiver vaccine clinics
HCA Healthcare West Florida began providing high risk caregivers the COVID-19 vaccine today at a Hillsborough County clinic.
TAMPA, FL — HCA Healthcare West Florida began providing high risk caregivers the COVID-19 vaccine today at a Hillsborough County clinic. A second clinic will open for Pinellas County caregivers at on Tuesday, December 22.
Rosalina Hulse, RN, MSN, CCRN, REN, administers the COVID-19 vaccine to Juan Angel, MD, Internal Medicine. Dr. Angel was the first physician to receive the vaccine as part of HCA Healthcare West Florida’s vaccine rollout for Hillsborough County caregivers on December 18.
The Hillsborough County clinic is serving caregivers at Brandon Regional Hospital, Memorial Hospital of Tampa and its Tampa Community Hospital campus, and South Bay Hospital. Today, some 150 caregivers received their first dose of the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine. The clinic will be re-open on Monday for a second full day of scheduled vaccinations.
The Pinellas County clinic will be open on Tuesday and Wednesday, December 23 to serve caregivers at Largo Medical Center, Northside Hospital, Palms of Pasadena Hospital and St. Petersburg General Hospital.
We are thrilled to be able to provide our caregivers who are at the highest risk the protection these COVID-19 vaccines provide,” explained Dr. Larry Feinman, Chief Medical Officer for HCA Healthcare West Florida. “We as caregivers are proud to lead the way out of this crisis by through vaccination and remaining vigilant about masking, social distancing, and handwashing as the number of positive COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations is growing across Tampa Bay, the state and the nation.
As additional supplies of vaccines become available, HCA Healthcare West Florida will add more clinics to ultimately offer the vaccine to all caregivers who wish to receive it. A recent HCA Healthcare West Florida survey showed that 88 percent of the responding caregivers wanted to be vaccinated.