USF Health is providing COVID-19 vaccinations by invitation and appointment only to patients and employees who meet eligibility criteria defined by Florida Executive Order as supply of vaccine permits. Learn More.

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COVID-19 Information for USF Health Patients

January 17, 2021 COVID Vaccine Update

USF Health has not received additional vaccine from our hospital partners or the state. As such, we must suspend further invitations for COVID-19 vaccine first shot appointments. This is effective immediately.

Patients and staff that have received their first shot from USF Health, and are scheduled for their second shot, will retain their appointments. USF Health will attempt to honor as many of the currently scheduled first dose appointments as possible; however, this is dependent on our supply. No new appointments will be scheduled until further notice.

This is a rapidly changing situation, and we will provide additional updates as new information becomes available.

COVID Vaccine Patient Information

USF Health is now able to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to eligible USF Health patients. Per Executive Order* by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, USF Health will only provide COVID-19 vaccines as follows:

 “...During this first phase of vaccine administration, all providers administering any COVID-19 vaccine shall only vaccinate the following populations:
· Long-term care facility residents and staff;
· Persons 65 years of age and older; and
· Health care personnel with direct patient contact. Hospital providers, however, also may vaccinate persons who they deem to be extremely vulnerable to COVID-19.” 

Appointments are required to receive a COVID-19 vaccine through USF Health. If current patients meet the criteria above, you will be notified by email from USF Health providing more details.

*Here is more information on the Executive Order.


Enrollment is now open for the USF Health/Tampa General Hospital Phase 3 clinical trial testing the Novavax vaccine for COVID-19.

TGH-USF Health Office of Clinical Research are now part of the global search for a COVID-19 vaccine. Please consider volunteering to participate in one of our randomized clinical trials that will help determine the effectiveness of vaccines.

To learn more about eligibility and how to enroll visit USF Health/Tampa General Hospital COVID-19 Vaccine Study. 

COVID-19 Testing

USF Health currently offers the following COVID-19 tests. Your provider will determine which test is best for you based on your clinical symptoms and test kit availability.

While most insurance covers the cost of testing for COVID-19, those who don’t have insurance or who choose to self-pay can expect the following costs.

Antigen test: Infectious agent antigen detection by immunoassay technique, (e.g., enzyme immunoassay [EIA], enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay [ELISA], immunochemiluminometric assay [IMCA]) qualitative or semiquantitative, multiple-step method; 87426 severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (e.g., SARS-CoV, SARS-CoV-2 [COVID-19]: $150 self-pay cost

Molecular test: Infectious agent detection by nucleic acid (DNA or RNA); 87635 severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) (Coronavirus disease [COVID-19]), amplified probe technique: $154 self-pay cost


If you are a patient receiving care at USF Health, please read the following patient resources pertaining to your medical needs. Also, please read our FAQS about the coronavirus and how you can protect yourself. 

USF Health COVID-19 Patient Information Resources  


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