Bay Pines Offering Vaccines for Veterans Aged 75+

Bay Pines Offering Vaccines for Veterans Aged 75+
Posted on 01/13/2021
Veterans who are living in the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System region who are older than 75 and have the ability to travel to/from Lee County twice, can schedule an appointment to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at the Lee County clinic this Saturday, January 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

While walk ins by Veterans in the Bay Pines VA region are permitted, setting up an appointment by calling 727-395-2400 is encouraged to help minimize your wait time. ALL Veterans who set up an appointment must be willing and able to travel back to Lee County for a second dose on Saturday, February 13; they will schedule a second dose appointment before leaving the vaccine clinic. Veterans who are given a first dose on Saturday, January 16, will not be able to go to a different location to get their second dose. 

The Bay Pines VA Healthcare System is continuing to follow CDC and VHA guidelines. 

The Bay Pines VA Healthcare System said that as they receive more vaccines, they will make them immediately available to more Veterans.

Distribution is done in this manner because the vaccine comes in two parts. For Moderna, the first dose is given, then the second dose should be received 28 days later. The vaccine is shipped to Bay Pines VA in a 1-to-1 ratio, meaning for every first dose they receive, they receive one dose of the second vaccine. They do not receive extra second doses that they can freely move between clinic locations, therefore requiring the second dose to be administered at the same location as the first dose. 

Bay Pines VA Healthcare representatives are continuing to contact Veterans directly to schedule vaccines at the C.W. Bill Young Medical Center and are aiming to make vaccine appointments available in their Sarasota clinic this week. Currently, they only have a sufficient supply of the vaccine for Veterans in the region who are over 75, which consists of approximately 32,000.

This information was provided by the Public Affairs Officer of the Bay Pines Healthcare System.