DUVAL COUNTY, Fla. — UPDATE, 1/21/2021: Friday is the last day the City of Jacksonville will offer the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at Lane Wiley & Mandarin Senior Centers, Mayor Lenny Curry said Thursday.
Those ages 65 and older, first responders and healthcare workers are welcome. No specific birth month is required on Thursday or Friday.
People who receive their first dose at one of these locations will return to the same center 21 days later for their second dose. The State of Florida is taking over vaccine distribution. After City operated centers close, call 866-200-3726 to make an appointment.
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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.
At this time, the vaccine will only be available to Duval County residents who are 65 years of age or older, frontline medical workers or first responders.
The City of Jacksonville said both locations will run Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Action News Jax has also learned that the sites WILL BE OPEN on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which is Monday, Jan. 18.
All patients will be required to provide a photo ID that shows their birthdate and proves Duval County residency. First responders and healthcare workers should also bring their work badge.
According to the city, while an appointment is not necessary to receive the vaccine (first come, first served), eligible residents should only visit a vaccination site on the day associated with their birth month. The days are as follows:
- Monday – January and February
- Tuesday – March and April
- Wednesday – May and June
- Thursday – July and August
- Friday – September and October
- Saturday – November and December
The city told Action News Jax that nearly 1,000 vaccines will be available each day between the sites. The Mandarin location will provide 500 vaccines a day, while up to 475 vaccines will be distributed at Lane Wiley.
On Monday, Jan. 11, 300 more vaccines were distributed between the two sites -- 200 more for the Mandarin location and 100 more for the Lane Wiley location, bringing Monday’s total of vaccines distributed to about 1,300.
Here is the breakdown of the vaccines administered on Monday:
City of Jacksonville-run sites (Mandarin and Lane Wiley): 985 vaccines
Federally-run site at the Prime Osborn: 946 vaccines
“When the daily supply has been depleted, remaining patients will have the option to return on their designated day the following week or make an appointment with the Florida Department of Health for the Prime Osborn vaccination location,” officials said.
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.
Patients will be required to stay on site for at least 15 minutes after receiving the vaccination to be monitored for potential reactions by healthcare and emergency professionals. Some patients may be required to stay for 30 minutes, depending on their medical history. “While allergic reactions to the COVID-19 vaccine are rare, the safety measure is being taken out of an abundance of caution,” city leaders stated.
To maintain a safe and organized vaccination process patients must follow these guidelines:
- Masks must be worn at all times
- Physical distancing requirements must be followed at all times
- Individuals who are feeling sick should not go to a vaccination site
- Patients should be in line no later than 6 p.m.
- Only caretakers may accompany patients who require assistance to a vaccination site
- Patients must park in the designated parking areas; patients cannot be dropped off in line
- Parking and waiting in line overnight will not be permitted
- Patients should follow traffic patterns and instructions from traffic monitors
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