Polk County will soon shutter their COVID-19 vaccination scheduling portal.

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Hillsborough County Commission Extends Local State Of EmergencyThe Hillsborough County Commission voted to extend the county’s state of emergency despite the governor’s executive order.
Tampa Bay School Districts Respond To Governor DeSantis' Executive OrderOn Tuesday, school districts in the area made announcements about whether students will be required to wear masks through the rest of the school year.
Governor DeSantis Suspends All COVID-19 RestrictionsGovernor Ron DeSantis signed an emergency order that will do away with all local COVID-19 emergency orders throughout the state.
Local Officials Warn About Possible Increase In Vacation ScamsOfficials say you may see more scams offering free vacations or vacation rentals as more people start to travel again.
Polk County Detectives Bust Large Drug Trafficking OperationSheriff Grady Judd says the operation resulted in the largest methamphetamine seizure in Polk County history.
Tampa Bay Doctors React To New CDC GuidelinesThe CDC announced Tuesday that people who are vaccinated are now allowed to participate in most outdoor activities without masks.
Pasco County School District Requires Masks Through Rest Of School YearThe superintendent says he made a mistake when he claimed that the district’s ability to require masks depended on the state's executive order.
Tampa FEMA Vaccination Site Seeing Decrease In DemandOn Monday, the FEMA site had only administered 206 Johnson & Johnson vaccines, but on April 12, over 1,600 people were vaccinated.
State Threatens To Take Over Hillsborough County Schools Due To Budgethe Florida Department of Education is threatening to take over Hillsborough County Schools district operations if leaders can’t come up with a plan in the next 19 days on how to fix the district’s $107 million deficit.
Florida State Fair Opens With COVID-19 PrecautionsThe Florida State Fair is now open and after a year of being in the pandemic, it’s going to look very different compared to previous years.
Local Law Enforcement React To Derek Chauvin ConvictionLocal leaders say they are glad to see justice, but there’s a lot more police reform work that needs to be done
Manatee County Utilities Considers Expanding Service Area Following Piney Point BreachManatee County Government is asking Manatee County Utilities to provide a report on water quality and how much it would cost to expand the area that the company services to include more homes near Piney Point.
Governor DeSantis Signs Anti-Riot Bill Into LawThe law, HB-1, is one of the strictest in the country when it comes to regulating riots.
Pinellas Drug Bust: 35 Suspects Identified, Nab Additional 15 Serving Search WarrantsDetectives identify 35 suspects in a drug bust in Lealman, at the heart of south Pinellas County following the service of three search warrants. 
Polk County To Shutter COVID-19 Vaccination PortalPolk County will soon shutter their COVID-19 vaccination scheduling portal.
Ad Hoc Gasparilla-Style Events Invade Tampa Bay SaturdayThe Coronavirus pandemic may have sidelined Tampa's annual Gasparilla celebration, but that hasn't stopped an ad hoc celebration from unfolding this weekend in and around the bay waters of Tampa. Local bar owners gear up for a spike in customers over the weekend.
Church Pastor And A High School Coach Among 79 Arrested In Sex-Trafficking StingWith large events such as WrestleMania, law enforcement sees opportunity. The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Department plucked 79 men from the streets for violations related to human trafficking - among those arrested was a church pastor and a girls basketball coach.
Church Pastor & A Coach Among 79 Arrested In Sex-Trafficking StingThe Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Department plucked 79 men from the streets for violations related to human trafficking. Katie Johnston reports.
USF Doctor Talks About Possible Future For Johnson & Johnson VaccineOn Wednesday, the CDC had a meeting with the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices to learn more about the six women who were found to have blood clots after getting to Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
USF Doctor Talks About Possible Future For Johnson & Johnson VaccineOn Wednesday, the CDC had a meeting with the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices to learn more about the six women who were found to have blood clots after getting to Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
CDC and FDA Recommend Pause On Johnson & Johnson VaccinationsThe CDC says cases of rare and severe blood clots were identified in six women shortly after they all received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
CDC and FDA Recommend Pause On Johnson & Johnson VaccinationsFlorida was scheduled to see a large Johnson & Johnson vaccine decrease this week compared to last week’s disbursement. This came after the company announced there were manufacturing issues with a batch of vaccines at the end of March.
Researchers Launch 'Rapid-Response Team' to Track Environmental Impacts of Piney Point LeakLast week, Ocean Conservancy called on Environmental Protection for a solution to the Piney Point leak. Now they’re working with researchers to launch a rapid response team to track those impacts themselves.
New Healthcare Initiative Supports Permanent Telehealth Services in FloridaFriday, local advocates for Florida’s legislative policies launched a new initiative to highlight the growing grassroots support for permanent telehealth services across the state.

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