POLK COUNTY, Fla. (CW44 News At 10) – Polk County will soon shutter their COVID-19 vaccination scheduling portal.
The COVID-19 vaccine portal is due to close Sunday, just before midnight. The call center will remain open until Friday. Health officials with the Florida Department of Health in Polk County say the need for scheduling appointments is no longer necessary as shots enter more arms.READ MORE: St. Pete Pier Hosts 1 Year Anniversary Event With Drone Light Show
Instead, they will transition the vaccination efforts to larger walk-up vaccine sites where appointments will not be necessary as the vaccine has become more available across the county.READ MORE: Pinellas County Sheriff's Office Participate In Florida Association Of Police Explorers State Competition
On April 20 and 28, COVID-19 Vaccines will be available at Lake Eva Event Center in Haines City from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m..
In addition to DOH-Polk and Lakeland Regional Health’s vaccine availability, COVID-19 vaccine is also becoming more widely available through local pharmacies and private providers. Individuals are encouraged to visit the state’s COVID-19 vaccine locator to find vaccine availability nearest them. This can be found by visiting http://www.floridahealth.gov/ and clicking the Vaccine Site Locator map located on the home page.MORE NEWS: Polk County Sheriff's Office Searching For Suspect In Murder
Officials say residents in need of a homebound vaccination may register through the state’s homebound website at firstname.lastname@example.org. Their request will be routed to a regional incident management team who conduct home visits to administer vaccine.