“I think the biggest benefit to the community should be that when we get together and work, a big thing can happen,” said Michelle Rose, director of the FEMA site.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Tuesday is the last day for COVID-19 vaccines at the Gateway Mall.
The federally sponsored state vaccination center is open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and has the Pfizer vaccine as well as the Johnson and Johnson vaccine.
Around 85,000 vaccinations have been carried out since it opened in March.
It is finally a “mission accomplished” for the 150+ federal, state and local workers who have been giving the vaccine and changing lives for months. However, the mission is not over for them.
“We have put together a team that has never worked together before,” said US Navy Commander Pete Bradford. “We have now successfully completed a vaccination mission in Duval County and the surrounding counties.”
Demand has increased and decreased, starting with up to two thousand vaccinations a day. Now they usually give the vaccine to fewer than 200 people a day.
“Yes, the numbers are down here,” said Incident Commander Donald Minor of the Florida Division of Emergency Management. “But we’re confident that the majority of Duval County’s residents have moved the shots closer to their homes or elsewhere because of the mobile missions.”
It’s the last day Gateway is a vaccination site before it’s just a parking lot again!
Pfizer and J & J.
The mission is not over yet for the people who have done the 85K Vaxs here over the past few months! Find out what they learned and hope the community takes #GMJ with them. pic.twitter.com/Cw2DDRRBWp
– Renata Di Gregorio (@RenataFCNews) May 25, 2021
One of its greatest advantages is that everyone has to work together to take that big step back towards normal.
“I think the biggest benefit for the community should be that when we get together and work, a big thing can happen,” said Michelle Rose, director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. “We can quickly go back to what we used to call normal life if we all just work together.”
Rose says reaching the 80,000 mark in vaccinations is a milestone she’s proud of, but it’s not over for her just yet.
“Actually, I already plan to go to another location,” said Rose. “I’ll be here until the end, until the President’s initiative is taken.”
To date, more than 10 million people in Florida have been vaccinated.
“I can’t put a price on that,” said Com. Bradford. “It’s hard to describe in words, but my heart feels very big.”
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