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Moderna COVID Vaccines Open to Community Members
and hosted by 
Sun Towers Retirement Community
Tuesday April 20
Two doses (28 Days Apart) 
Tuesday May 18
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

101 Trinity Lakes Dr, Sun City Center, FL Drive up Vaccines will be offered in the rear parking lot (by covered parking) 
Things to Know After Vaccination 
Once you have received the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, there are a few common side effects. These are the body's normal immune system reactions to building protection against COVID-19. Many go away in a few days, but they may prevent you from normal activity levels for a few days
To Register: 813-395-6125

Governor DeSantis announced that the state of Florida has developed strike teams to vaccinate homebound seniors statewide. Seniors and/or their caregivers can sign up to receive a COVID 19 vaccine in their home by sending their request by email to:

MON. MAR 29 - FLORIDA TO START VACCINATING ADULTS 40 AND OLDER - 18+ next month, DeSantis says Florida is expanding eligibility for coronavirus vaccines to anyone age 40 and older and everyone over 18 will be eligible to get a vaccine by next month, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Thursday. All individuals ages 40 and up will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. By Monday, April 5, all residents 18 and older will be able to get vaccinated. The state is encouraging residents to pre-register by visiting or calling the preregistration phone number listed for their county, then they’ll be contacted once the vaccine is available in their area. Vaccines are also available at CVS, Publix, Winn-Dixie and Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club locations throughout the state. How to schedule COVID-19 vaccine appointments in Tampa Bay 
By Monday, those eligible to get the vaccine will be:
Long-term care facility residents and staff;
People aged 40 and older;
Frontline health care workers;
Sworn law enforcement, K-12 school employees and firefighters aged 40 or older;
People who are “extremely vulnerable” to the virus who have a state form signed by a physician.
As more Florida residents continue to be vaccinated for COVID-19 across the state, the number of sites available also continues to rise.
Below you will find the different types of vaccination sites residents can take advantage of. Whether it’s a state-run site or operated by the county, residents can find a vaccination location nearest them through the following bullet points:
Hillsborough County
Federally-supported vaccination sites
Walk-ups accepted
State-run vaccination sites
Appointments required via - County-run vaccination sites. Appointments required via Other options (ie. health care and pharmacy locations)

This is a message from the Tampa VA. In collaboration with the Hillsborough County Department of Health, the Tampa VA is operating a drive up COVID-19 vaccine clinic for community members that meet State of Florida guidelines and who are a family member of a Veteran. This clinic is also open to Veterans who have applied for VA benefits and are not currently eligible for care/benefits with the VA, and who meet the State of Florida guidelines. Vaccinations are provided FREE of charge. Please share this email/link with others who meet the criteria in this email.
Those who are eligible per the State of Florida guidelines at this time are: 
Long-term care facility residents and staff;
Persons 65 years of age and older;
Persons under 65 deemed medically vulnerable by a physician;
Health care personnel with direct patient contact;
K-12 school employees 50 years of age and older;
Sworn law enforcement officers 50 years of age and older; 
Firefighters 50 years of age and older
Click here for detailed vaccine information and registration:
The clinic will be held in the Tampa VA Freedom Parking Lot at 13202 Livingston Ave. Tampa, FL 33612. The Freedom parking lot is one block south of the Wawa Gas Station at 2325 E Fletcher Ave Tampa.
Please do not report to the main campus. The vaccine site is in an offsite parking lot adjacent to the main hospital. 
You must have an appointment and must not have received any other vaccination in the past 14 days. This is a drive-up vaccination clinic, so expect to stay in your car for the duration of the vaccination process.
After registering, please complete the State of Florida form at the link below, print and bring with you the day of vaccination. You do not need to complete the insurance information. The form is located here: Florida COVID-19 Vaccine Consent 
Please bring the ticket you receive in your email after completing registration. You can either print this or display on your smart phone, but we do need the consent form printed and complete.  
Please bring your driver's license or government-issued ID and documentation to indicate that you are in one of the qualifying groups outlined in the State of Florida vaccination guidelines (included above). 
We will be adding appointments in the near future, so look out for additional emails from the Tampa VA if you are not able to get an appointment on March 13. 
Thank you for being part of the solution to a safer and healthier Tampa Bay!
James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital & Clinics Vaccine Team 

Sheriff Chad Chronister and the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office are pleased to announce the launch of a program that will help deputies better communicate with vulnerable populations. 
The new online registration system is called "Project Safe Encounter.” Hillsborough County residents can register themselves or family members who suffer from Alzheimer's disease, blindness, autism, Down syndrome, deafness, and other medical and developmental disabilities that affect the way individuals interact and respond to law enforcement officers.
The information that is voluntarily provided through "Project Safe Encounter" will be available to deputies as they respond to a call involving the registered person and/or their address. Deputies will be able to quickly access pictures, information about how to best communicate with the individual, and potential triggers to avoid.
"In times of crisis, every second counts," said Sheriff Chad Chronister. "With this information now readily available to our deputies, they will be prepared to deescalate a situation before they even respond to a call and come into contact with the known individual."



We're a Lifeline Connection To Anyone In Need.  Improving Lives Through The Power Of Information And Hope. Our goal is to have a community that is connected and informed regarding critical health & human service information for those who need help & those who are willing to volunteer or donate their time to local community agencies. Services include:
211 (Information And Referral Services)
Adult Emergency Financial Assistance Program (AEFAP)
Family Services Initiative (FSI)
Florida Veterans Support Line (My FL Vet)
Healthy Transitions
Help Me Grow (HMG)
Homeless Helpline
Pinellas Rapid Rehousing Collaborative
Resource Database Curation
Ride United
Sexual Assault Services Hotline
Suicide Prevention
2-1-1 Is Here 24/7 For You - Call 211 From Any Phone Or Text Your Zip Code To 898211

Cigna is also providing free resources for all customers, clients and communities to support them during these times of high stress and anxiety. The company has opened a 24-hour toll-free help line (1-866-912-1687) to connect people directly with qualified clinicians who can provide support and guidance. Additionally, the company will offer a webinar to the general public raising awareness about tools and techniques for stress management and building resiliency, along with the ability to join telephonic mindfulness sessions. More Information can be found at  "Anxiety is understandably high as we are learning more about the spread of this disease," said Douglas Nemecek, M.D., Cigna's chief medical officer for behavioral health. "Aligned to our focus on whole-person health, we are expanding behavioral support and resources for everyone – whether they are Cigna customers or not – to help everyone stay resilient during this critical time. 

"Chew On This" is a series of free workshops facilitated by BayCare Behavioral Health's Community Health Activation Team. Mental health has never been more important than now amidst the uncertainty of COVID-19. Topics change weekly but all provide a chance to talk, share, and learn strategies to improve wellness.
Registration is required for these free events:   #virtualsupport #chewonthis #mentalheathsupport #mentalhealth

It’s common to feel stressed or anxious during these challenging times. Many people are experiencing increased levels of stress, fear and anxiety. The need for social distancing makes it harder to access our normal social supports. Being in contact with people who can relate to your experiences is comforting. Centerstone’s CareLine can help you learn about coping skills, find resources, and feel supported. If you or someone you know needs to talk, the team at Centerstone is available to help. 24/7 CareLine - 941-782-4300 #CstoneNeverQuits

The Mary Petro Food and Medicine Fund assists full- time residents of Sun City Center and Kings Point with food and medicine/medical needs. To qualify for assistance, clients must have an income less than $20,000 per year for singles and less than $25,000 for couples.  The Mary Petro Food and Medicine Fund Office is located at the Sun City Center United Methodist Church, 1210 Del Webb Blvd W, and is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Applications are available at the Mary Petro Office and the United Methodist Church Office. For questions please call 813-634-8306. 

Mental health is taking a beating during this time of Coronavirus isolation. Listen in to learn what you can do to prevent an explosion. Troy Howell. MD, heads up the Suicide Prevention efforts in the Psychiatric Dept of the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital. Dr. Howell works every day to stop suicides in our veteran population. I asked him to concentrate on the mental health effects of living with the Corona Virus not only on our vets but also on their families. Even with all of the resources being directed toward the pandemic, the psychiatric department at Haley has risen to meet the problem and you will find the ideas he presents very interesting and useful in this time of stress. Here is a link to this program just click on the link and listen in.

Serenity Place is the only inpatient, voluntary, acute care, and geriatric, behavioral health program in the Sarasota area. It serves patients 50 and older who need acute mental health treatment in a safe, compassionate and tranquil environment. Our 16-room behavioral health center is in a dedicated wing of the hospital to ensure confidentiality and privacy. 
Treatments offered
Our senior behavioral health treatment programs are customized for each patient and include:
Individual therapy, Group therapy, Educational groups, Loss management and relapse prevention, Group activities (such as music, dance, reminiscence and yoga), Outpatient treatment program, 
Transitions provides a safe, therapeutic, environment that encourages and promotes recovery. We offer psychotherapy and psychoeducation in partial hospitalization or intensive outpatient settings for those 18 years of age and older.
Partial hospitalization program (PHP)
PHP is designed to provide psychiatric and mental health care through active treatment . It is for patients who need a highly structured, intensive treatment approach, but do not require 24-hour supervision and care.
Our group therapy:
Meets in four groups each day with an emphasis on mental health and coping
Focuses on a variety of subjects designed to aid patients in understanding and managing their symptoms in a more effective way.
Patients receive ongoing monitoring and treatment from a psychiatrist, registered nurse and licensed therapist.
PHP is held five days a week, Monday - Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Intensive outpatient program (IOP)
IOP is designed to provide a higher level of outpatient mental health treatment. In our IOP:
Group members participate in three groups each day with an emphasis on mental health and coping. The groups focus on a variety of different subjects, such as coping skills, assertiveness skills, goal setting, and establishing supports. IOP is a three day per week program offered on Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 9:00 a.m - 12:00 p.m.

Now offering Telehealth to new and existing clients! Brandon Mental Health provides an essential service and is continuing office appointments with recommended precautions to protect our patients and their health from the COVID-19 virus. If you have a fever, cough, shortness of breath or feel you might be contagious, please stay at home and call us at 813-315-8648 to reschedule. For office appointments, we will maintain the recommended social distance during all interactions. Please wait in your car and your therapist will text or call you when they are ready for you to come to their office.

Adult Crisis: 813-272-2958
Children's Crisis: 813-272-2882
Crisis Center of Tampa Bay: 813-264-9955

TELEBEHAVIORAL HEALTH - Welcome to the 21st Century
Telebehavioral health, or telehealth, is the latest innovative platform in mental health services. Thera-link, one of the top telehealth providers, is the venue that the Marriage and Family Training Center utilizes to meet the needs of its clients. This platform is HIPAA compliant, confidential, and safe. The Marriage and Family Training Center's founder, William R. Cruz, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of Florida. With over 30 years of experience, Mr. Cruz provides individual, couple, family and group counseling. For more information and to book an appointment, go to

Edmond Dubreuil LCSW, from the Community Mental Wellness Center, Sun City Center. I would like to inform you due to the Corona Virus I now offer tele-conferencing sessions from the safety  of your home. This service is approved by your insurance provider. If you need support during these trying time please contact me and we can set up an appointment. If you are interested please call or text my at 813-777-9777 or email me at edubreuil   

Like the Crisis Center, a new alliance of local agencies that helps people with mental health issues and addictions is seeing an uptick in inquiries during the COVID-19 pandemic. The nonprofit West Central Florida Mental Wellness Coalition is comprised of almost 30 hospitals, government and law enforcement agencies, health-care groups, schools, businesses, and others with interests in mental health in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, and Polk counties. It formed in 2019 so members with mental health expertise in specific areas could get a collective, big-picture view.  The Coalition is braced for a surge of inquiries, especially as people assess their circumstances as a result of the coronavirus. “Coming out the other side will be the big challenge,” says Carrie Zeisse, the Coalition’s president and CEO.  Email the Coalition at


Warmest regards,


Debbie Caneen

Director of Admissions

Sun Towers Retirement Community

101 Trinity Lakes Drive

Sun City Center, FL 33573



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