Jacksonville, Florida. -According to the Duval County Florida Department of Health, appointments to Jacksonville residents 65 and older and any health care workers who have not yet received the COVID-19 vaccine can start receiving the first dose of the vaccine on Monday.
Duval County residents who meet one of the above two conditions can make an appointment starting at 8 am on Wednesday. Except for New Year’s Day and New Year̵
The vaccine will be provided at the Prime Osborn Convention Center. They are free and require a second dose to be effective.
Before making an appointment, please note:
- Individuals must live in Duval County.
- Proof of residence (driver’s license, JEA bill or other proof of identity showing home address) is required when making an appointment.
- There is no restroom during the appointment.
Jacksonville firefighters started vaccinating last Thursday and will help them out. Stepping in is not allowed.
Tawanda Washington, the health department’s COVID-19 incident commander and registered nurse, said the top priority is to get people over 65 years old and vaccinated quickly.
Washington said: “We hope to start vaccination as soon as possible, so that we can see that some of the community residents over 65 are vaccinated before the new year.”
Washington also said that her team is working with local hospitals to provide vaccines to medical service providers unrelated to the hospital. This will include doctors’ offices and pharmacies operated locally.
She also said that the staff of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, private ambulance personnel and prison inmates will be ranked first. She said Duval County Prison has a large population in a small area, so it is important to get vaccinated there.
Some people working in private healthcare providers desperately need this vaccine and feel that they have fallen through the cracks.
“I really want to find answers for my nurses,” said Jacques Danni of Fletcher Home Care. “They don’t work in hospitals. They don’t work in nursing homes. However, they not only take care of the medically complicated children in our area, but they also want to be vaccinated.”
We will provide #COVID19 vaccine to @CityofJax employees 65 years and older. This will enable these key employees to continue to provide overall public services to the people of #Jacksonville. Our CAO is sending instructions.
-Lenny Curry (@lennycurry) December 29, 2020
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Some elderly people in central Florida started receiving the vaccine on Tuesday. Seminole County started shooting near the food court of the Oviedo Shopping Center on Tuesday afternoon, becoming the first state in the state.
Said Lee Constantine, chairman of Seminole County. “This is a very exciting day for all of us, especially for our residents. It is also a beautiful day for Florida, because from now on, we will save lives one at a time.”
Two weeks ago, frontline workers at the local hospital first began to receive shootings at UF Health Jacksonville and other medical centers. CVS and Walgreen’s are currently working with the state to vaccinate staff and residents of long-term care facilities.
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