In the wake of the Food and Drug Administration’s emergency use approval of two COVID-19 vaccines, counties in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia are beginning to release their plans for distributing the vaccines to the public.
Here’s what we know so far:
The Florida Department of Health - Duval County has released instructions for health care workers or people age 65 or older on how they can make COVID-19 vaccination appointments.
Appointments can be made online. The DOH announced Monday, Jan. 4 that new appointments will be added through the online system every Thursday at 5 p.m. The link will change each week and will be posted on the DOH alerts page. NOTE: Appointments can no longer be made by phone. Only online appointments are available.
HERE IS THE LINK THAT THE DOH SHARED FOR JAN. 14: https://jax.readyop.com/fe/eBiAeQ
The City of Jacksonville is also offering vaccines. Two senior centers in Duval County have been converted from coronavirus testing to coronavirus vaccination sites.
The Mandarin Senior Center (located at 3848 Hartley Road) and the Lane Wiley Senior Center (located at 6710 Wiley Road) began giving out COVID-19 vaccinations on Monday, Jan. 11. For more information on that program, click here.
These city-run sites are funded by the city, which is why only Duval residents are able to get vaccinated there.
However, at the Prime Osborn Convention Center, there is no residency requirement, as this site is federally funded.
For more information on Duval County’s COVID-19 vaccination plan click here.
You can also visit the Florida Department of Health in Duval County page here.
Clay County Emergency Management announced a COVID-19 vaccination opportunity via Ascension St. Vincent’s:
Ascension St. Vincent’s is holding a COVID-19 vaccination event for Clay County residents age 65 and older on Monday, January 18 at the Clay County Fairgrounds.
ALL appointments are BOOKED.
To register for upcoming events, you must be a resident of Clay County, be age 65 or older, and schedule an appointment by using this link: https://jacksonville-clay-fair.inquicker.com/clay-fair-covid-vaccine/discharge
Other vaccine opportunities:
Clay County Emergency Management said when more appointments become available, they can be made through:
The COVID-19 Vaccination Point of Distribution will be at the UF/IFAS Extension Clay County T. Jesse Godbold Building, 2463 SR 16 West, Green Cove Springs, FL.
You must show ID or proof of healthcare employment to receive the vaccine.
To learn more about Clay County’s COVID-19 vaccination plan click here.
ST. JOHNS COUNTY:
There are currently no COVID-19 vaccination appointments available, according to the county. St. Johns County recently received an allotment of 500 vaccines from the State of Florida. Registration opened on Thursday, January 14, at 9 a.m. for all 500 vaccination appointments on Friday, January 15.
All of those appointments were filled within 15 minutes, according to the county.
More appointments will become available when the county receive more vaccines from the state. If you or a family member are unable to make an appointment on the website, please call the St. Johns County COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline at 904.295.3711 (dial all ten digits) after 9 a.m. Thursday morning.
NOTE: If you have received your first dose from the Department of Health in St. Johns County, the county said it is in the process of contacting you to schedule a second-dose appointment. If you provided contact information, you should receive a phone call to schedule an appointment in the coming weeks prior to your second dose due date. All second doses will be administered by appointment only on Tuesdays, Thursdays, or Saturdays at the Solomon Calhoun Community Center (1300 Duval Street.)
In addition to St. Johns County’s vaccine program, 14 Publix pharmacy locations in St. Johns County will start to administer COVID-19 vaccinations, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced during a news conference in Ponte Vedra Beach on Wednesday. More information on how to reserve an appointment time will be available at www.publix.com/covidvaccine. Click here for list of locations.
For updates regarding the COVID-19 vaccine, visit http://www.sjcfl.us/coronavirusvaccinations/ or call 904-295-3711 (dial all ten digits) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
You can also learn more about St. Johns County’s COVID-19 vaccination plan here or text SJCVACCINE to 888777 to receive updates directly to your phone.
According to the Columbia County Emergency Management Facebook page, county residents 65 years of age and older will be the first ones to be vaccinated.
To submit your request for the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine click here. You may also call 386-758-1068 to request the vaccine, you’ll need to provide your name, date of birth and address.
You can learn more about Columbia County’s COVID-19 vaccination plan on the Florida Department of Health page here.
The Florida Department of Health - Baker County said its appointments for administering COVID-19 vaccines are currently booked up.
Officials are waiting to find out when they will receive more vaccines and will reopen appointments at that time.
Click here to learn more about Baker County’s vaccination plan.
The ticket process is through EventBrite which allows residents to get a ticket online. Residents will then receive directions by email on how to schedule and where to go.
The vaccine is only for medical workers and those 65 and older at this time.
Please monitor www.OneNassau.com, click “COVID VACCINE” and follow the instructions. You can also sign up for direct-to-your-cellphone updates by texting the word OneNassau to the number 888777.
Click here to learn more about Nassau County’s vaccination plan.
The Florida Department of Health - Putnam County issued the following update about its vaccination process for those aged 65 and older:
“The Department of Health in Putnam County has temporarily closed registration for the vaccine due to signups exceeding the department’s initial 10,000 registrations cap.
“If you have already pre-registered please be patient as we will continue scheduling appointments as more vaccine becomes available to Putnam County. If possible we will re-open registration once the first group of 10,000 registrants complete their vaccinations.”
Click here for more information on Putnam County’s COVID-19 vaccination plan.
Bradford County Emergency Management shared the following information about the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines in Union County:
On December 31, 2020, the Florida Department of Health for Bradford and Union Counties announced their plans for COVID-19 vaccinations of persons 65 years of age or older.
If you have questions, please call (386) 496-3211 for Union County.
Click here for more information on Union County’s COVID-19 vaccination plan.
Bradford County Emergency Management shared the following information about the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines in Bradford County:
“COVID-19 Vaccine Update - Per the Bradford County Health Department, all currently available appointments have been filled for the COVID-19 Vaccine. The Health Department has asked us to share this information and to let everyone know that they intend to announce further dates in the near future.
“Please check back as we will post more information once the Health Department has provided it to us.”
Click here for more information on Bradford County’s COVID-19 vaccination plan.
CAMDEN AND GLYNN COUNTIES
The Georgia Department of Public Health’s Coastal Health District, which includes Camden and Glynn counties, has temporarily paused new appointment scheduling for COVID-19 vaccinations.
Read their statement below:
“Health Departments in all Coastal Health District counties have received an overwhelming response from residents ages 65 and older interested in COVID-19 vaccination. Based on the number of calls taken to date, health departments in all eight counties have enough requests to schedule appointments through February and, in some cases, into March. To ensure we have adequate vaccine to fulfill appointment requests, including second doses, the Coastal Health District has temporarily paused appointment scheduling for new requests. Individuals who are already on the list and awaiting call-back will still be given an appointment.
“Our health department staff is working hard to get thousands of people scheduled for vaccination, but we need to hit the pause button – at least for a little while – so we can manage the current volume of requests,” said Dr. Lawton Davis, Health Director for the Coastal Health District. “It is also my sincere hope that in the very near future, more providers will have the vaccine so there are more places for folks to get vaccinated.”
“Residents can go to covid19.gachd.org and register to be notified when appointments open back up. Registering online does not guarantee a vaccination appointment; it simply gives us a way to notify residents when the appointment process is back underway.
“We know people are frustrated because the process is moving more slowly than they would like, and if we could vaccinate everyone today, we’d do that. But your health departments are stretched thin and doing what they can to move forward,” said Davis. “We’re exploring ways to expand capacity, and we know more help will arrive when other local healthcare providers have vaccine to offer, too. In the meantime, please be patient and keep practicing the public health hygiene recommendations we know help slow the spread of COVID-19.”
Click here for more information on Camden County’s COVID-19 vaccination plan.
Click here for more information on Glynn County’s COVID-19 vaccination plan.
CHARLTON, WARE, BRANTLEY, AND PIERCE COUNTIES
The Georgia Department of Public Health’s Southeast Health District, which includes Charlton, Ware, Brantley and Pierce counties, released the following information:
Are you interested in receiving your COVID-19 vaccine?
Are you part of one of the groups listed below?
- Healthcare workers in clinical settings (e.g., nurses, physicians, EMS, laboratory technicians, environmental services)
- Staff and residents of long-term care facilities
- All law enforcement and fire personnel (including volunteer departments)
- Adults aged 65 and older (and their caregivers as applicable)
If so, beginning January 11, you will be eligible to receive your COVID-19 vaccine.
An appointment is required to receive your vaccine at one of the Department of Health’s mass vaccination sites.
To verify eligibility and schedule an appointment, please call 1-855-473-4374.
“Scheduling a vaccine appointment for eligible individuals CANNOT be completed online at this time. If you have scheduled an appointment on covid19.dph.ga.gov, this was for COVID-19 TESTING – not to receive a vaccine. Vaccine appointments can only be scheduled through our call center.”
Please complete the COVID-19 Vaccine Packet and bring it with you to your appointment.