Part-time Florida residents wonder if they can get the COVID-19 vaccine

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TAMPA, Florida – The COVID-19 vaccine remains in high demand and in short supply across the country.

Penny Thompson and her husband divide their time between Cincinnati, Ohio, and Pinellas County. They say it was hard trying to get a date.

“The last one they had last week was 8,000 shots and I guess by 10, 50,000 people were trying to get along. We’ve tried, we haven’t been successful, and that’s okay, ”said Thompson.

Until last week, anyone 65 and over could come to Florida and get vaccinated, but concerns about medical tourism and vaccine vacations have prompted the state to enforce some restrictions.

“I guess if I watch it from my home state of Ohio, I wouldn’t be happy if people came and had it before me who didn’t legitimately live there,” Thompson said. “And you don’t have to live there full time to live there legitimately because we don’t live in Ohio full time anymore.”

That’s why the state allows people who only live here part-time to get vaccinated – they just have to prove they are actually residents.

This can be done through a Florida ID or driver’s license, utility bill, government mail, rental agreement, or mortgage payment.

“We have a utility bill but it’s in my name because it’s me who came and got a facility but we live in a mobile home so our registration is in both names and it shows that we own here, ”said Thompson. .

She says their names are also on the mobile home park registration.

But some people tell us they don’t have documentation. A man says he and his wife come here every year but stay with friends and although they pay rent the bills are not in their name.

He fears being stuck here for 3 months without having the opportunity to get vaccinated.

ABC Action News has contacted the state for clarification – here’s what officials say:

Under public health notice [urldefense.com] On January 21, to prove residency, an adult resident must provide a copy of their valid Florida driver’s license or a copy of a valid Florida ID card. Residents can provide:

1. A deed, mortgage, monthly mortgage statement, mortgage payment booklet, or residential rental or lease agreement.

  1. Proof of residential address from the parent, step-parent or legal guardian of the seasonal resident or other person with whom the seasonal resident resides and a statement from the person with whom the seasonal resident resides that the seasonal resident resides with him.
  2. A connection to public services or a work order dated less than 60 days before registration.
  3. A utility bill, less than 2 months old.
  4. Mail from a financial institution, including checking, savings or investment account statements, less than 2 months old.
  5. Mail from a federal, state, county or municipal government agency that is less than 2 months old.

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