ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. — Five hundred COVID-19 vaccines are being sent to St. Johns County this week, but county leaders are asking Florida’s governors for more doses.
The announcement comes after St. Johns County stated Monday it wasn’t going to receive a new batch of vaccines from the Florida Department of Health.
Tuesday, St. Johns County Chair of Commissioner Jeremiah Blocker sent Florida’s governor a letter, pleading for more vaccines and for those to be sent more frequently.
In the letter, he wrote, “While we have received an additional 500 doses of the vaccine, that supply will be utilized completely within one day and we will once again be unable to meet the high demand for vaccines that exists within our county.”
Blocker said the “shortage of supply inhibits our ability to meet the need for vaccines that is occurring in our community.”
Blocker wrote the county is capable of delivering up to 1,000 doses per day at the Solomon Calhoun Community Center right now. He said if the county could receive additional vaccines from the state, it would be able to expand to a second location and provide up to 6,000 doses a week.
Registration for the latest batch of vaccines will open Thursday, Jan. 14, at 9 a.m. The appointments will be held Friday, Jan. 15. To schedule an appointment, click HERE. The form will not be active until registration begins.
If you or a family member are unable to make an appointment on the website, you’re urged to call the St. Johns County COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline at 904-295-3711 after 9 a.m. Thursday. Registrations through the hotline will not be accepted prior to 9 a.m.
St. Johns County stated more appointments will be opened when it receives additional vaccines.
Here’s a county-by-county comparison of the number of vaccines the Florida Department of Health stated it’s distributed to our area:
- -Baker County- 1,700
- -Clay County- 5,900
- -Duval County- 103,375
- -Nassau County- 1,900
- -Putnam County- 2,500
- -St. Johns County- 7,700
The health department stated allocations are dependent on supply and based on county population, as well as current doses on hand and planned activities.
FDOH stated as it receives more vaccine doses, the department will ensure every county gets the vaccine.