JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Appointments for Jacksonville residents 65 and over and all health care workers who have not yet received the COVID-19 vaccine can receive their first dose of vaccine starting Monday, according to the Florida Department of Health in Duval County.
Duval County residents who meet any of the criteria to receive a vaccine will be able to schedule an appointment starting Wednesday at 8:00 a.m. Appointments can be made on the phone every weekday except New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Eve between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Call 904-253-1140 to make an appointment, but keep in mind that there may be a long wait to finish.
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The vaccines will be administered at the Prime Osborn Convention Center. They’re free and a second dose will be needed to be as effective as possible.
Before making an appointment, you should know the following:
- Individuals must live in Duval County.
- Proof of residence is required upon appointment (driver’s license, JEA invoice, or some other form of identification indicating home address).
- No toilets will be available during the appointment.
The Jacksonville firefighters, who started vaccinating last Thursday, will help fire off the shots. Walk-ins are not allowed.
Department of Health COVID-19 incident commander and nurse Tawanda Washington said the priority is getting people over 65 vaccinated quickly.
“We want to start vaccinating as soon as possible so that some of our 65-year-olds and older who live in the community can be vaccinated before the New Year even if they are not in long-term care facilities,” Washington said.
Washington said her team is working with local hospitals to distribute the shots to medical providers who are not affiliated with hospitals. This includes locally run medical practices and pharmacies.
Washington said Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office staff, private rescue workers, and prison inmates would be high on the list. She said Duval County Prison has a large population in a small area, so it is important to vaccinate there.
Rein Vandervelde, a home care physiotherapist, said the arrival of the vaccine was a moment he had been waiting for.
“We are even dealing with COVID patients who are not sick enough to go to the hospital but stay home and quarantine themselves,” said Vandervelde.
Vandervelde takes care of many patients at home, including Dana Parker, 65, who has been diagnosed with complex regional pain syndrome.
“I would feel a lot better if I had the vaccine,” said Parker. “I’m not afraid of it. I’m more scared without it. “
Our @ CityofJax employees 65 and over receive the vaccine # COVID19. That way, these critical workers can continue to provide integral public services to the people of #Jacksonville. The instruction is sent today from our CAO.
– Lenny Curry (@lennycurry) December 29, 2020
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Some who work in private health care, like Jacque Dennie, desperately want the vaccine and feel like they have fallen through the cracks.
“I’ve really tried to get answers for my nurses,” said Dennie of Fletcher’s Home Care. “They don’t work in the hospital. They don’t work in nursing homes. And yet they care for more than medically complex children in our region and they want the vaccine too. “
Some seniors in central Florida received vaccines Tuesday. Seminole district was the first in the state when it fired shots near the food court in Oviedo Mall on Tuesday afternoon.
Lee Constantine, chairman of Seminole County, said. “It’s a very exciting day for all of us and especially for our residents. It’s a great day for the state of Florida too, as from now on we’re going to save life after shot. “
Frontline workers at local hospitals first got their admissions at UF Health Jacksonville two weeks ago, followed by other medical centers. CVS and Walgreen’s are currently working with the state to vaccinate employees and residents of long-term care facilities.
News4Jax is working to learn more about vaccine dates, availability, and locations in Jacksonville and the adjacent counties. We will receive details of locations, times and registration as soon as they become available.
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