Jacksonville, Florida. -Vaccinations open to every Floridian aged 16 and over on Monday will queue up in certain areas of the state, but not in the largest location in Jacksonville: Gateway Mall.
People under the age of 18 must go to places where Pfizer vaccines are provided, because Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are currently only authorized for use by people 18 years and older. The state also requires 16-year-old and 17-year-old children to sign a consent form accompanied by a parent or guardian. (Click here for a printable version of the form.)
When the Gateway, operated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), opened on Monday, there were dozens of people in line. There is no need to make an appointment at a federal location.
“It’s easy,” said Tamika Hightown, who brought her 16-year-old son to Gateway on Monday. “You go in and follow the instructions, it’s in and out. It’s easy.”
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All federal or government-run locations-including those in Gateway and Regency Square malls-are currently taking two doses of Pfizer vaccine, although the vaccine will be changed to Johnson & Johnson on Tuesday. State-owned factories, including the Regent Plaza shopping center and most county health departments, are expected to continue to provide Pfizer vaccines.
Portal sites and satellite sites will continue to administer a second dose of Pfizer vaccine to individuals who receive the first dose of vaccine at these sites.
Gateway can vaccinate up to 3,000 people a day, but on average it is less than half of this number.
On Monday, FEMA’s mobile vaccination room opened at the Abyssinian Missionary Baptist Church on Interstate Center Avenue north of Jacksonville. Anyone 18 years and older can use the Johnson & Johnson vaccine until 7pm.
Florida’s age requirement has dropped from 65 years and over in January to over 60 in February, 50 in March and over 40 last week. The age limit is reduced to the limit of the FD authorization guidelines.
Max Laguerre is in his 20s, and he is excited to finally qualify for the COVID-19 vaccine.
Laguerre said: “I am outside most of the year, so being able to go out without worrying about COVID is a good thing.”
On average, Gateway officials said that the entire process only takes about 30 minutes, including a 15-minute observation period after receiving the shooting.
Johnson & Johnson vaccines will be available on the market on Tuesday to replace Pfizer’s largest vaccine production base-Gateway.
The Johnson & Johnson vaccine seems to be a popular choice because it is a single dose.
“It feels great. It’s easy.” Tina Corporan said.
Corporan received a Johnson & Johnson vaccination at a downtown library on Sunday.
“I did it for my husband. He has a health problem related to me, and I want to make sure I don’t take it home.” Corporan said.
Everyone who receives the first dose of Pfizer at Gateway will be guaranteed that they will get the second dose at the Oceanway Community Center or Carver Entertainment Center.
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