Jacksonville, Florida. -The Walmart store on Lem Turner Road north of Jacksonville will manage Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, and the company sent a statement to News4Jax on Thursday.
The statement said that as the store at 12100 Lem Turner Road transitioned from Moderna to Pfizer vaccine, Wal-Mart is directing patients to two nearby locations to receive a second dose of Moderna vaccine. These locations are Wal-Mart stores located at 6830 Normandy Blvd. And the shop at 1
The statement also said that Wal-Mart’s pharmacists are contacting patients who received the first vaccine injection at the Lem Turner Road store to arrange for them to make an appointment for the second Moderna vaccine at the Normandy Avenue store or City Square Drive location.
Northside resident Jacqueline Richardson, 71, said that when she and other family members learned that they could not get a second dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at the Walmart location on Lem Turner Road, they fell into a puzzled situation.
Richardson said: “I’m frustrated, and I know how to use a computer, but going through all these things doesn’t make any sense.”
Richardson said that on February 18, she and other relatives of the same age received the first dose of Moderna vaccine. She said that after they received the shooting, they were instructed to go home and make an online appointment for a second dose.
“When I registered online, it said there was no appointment. The next day, I said the same thing. I waited until Monday, and then I checked and it said the same thing,” Richardson explained.
She called the store and talked to the pharmacy technician. The pharmacy technician said: “The governor pulled the Moderna vaccine and sent Pfizer to them.”
She said that the technician she talked to was of no avail and was confused about how to do it.
Richardson said: “She said,’You can check with River City.” “I told her I had checked there, and it was the same thing online: no dates.”
Richardson said she contacted the health department and was directed to search for Wal-Mart locations on the Florida vaccine website, where she could make an appointment for her second dose of Moderna vaccine.
She said, “So, the city of Jacksonville has nothing.” “The closest thing to us is in Leon County, which is Tallahassee.”
Later she learned that Edwards Waters College was providing Moderna vaccines. She also learned that she and her relatives don’t have to make an appointment-just show up.
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned people that, except in “special circumstances”, vaccines should be used in combination because there has not been enough research on the side effects of mixed vaccines.
The Wal-Mart corporate office subsequently issued a statement to News4Jax, which read:
“The Lem Turner store will manage Pfizer vaccines to serve more people in our community.
“As the Lem Turner store transitions from Moderna Vaccine to Pfizer Vaccine, we are guiding patients to two nearby locations to receive a second Moderna vaccine. These locations are our Normandy store (6830 Normandy Jax) and our airport store ( 13227 City Square Blvd Jax).
“Wal-Mart’s pharmacist is contacting patients who took the medicine for the first time at Lem Turner to arrange a second Moderna vaccination appointment at one of the two stores mentioned above.”
Pfizer will vaccinate patients during a pop-up vaccination campaign outside Walmart on Lem Turner Road from Thursday to Monday. Eligible patients can schedule an appointment at www.walmart.com/COVIDvaccine.
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