Coronavirus: Vaccine rollout continues in Duval County

Early access to COVID-19 vaccine

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. —

Tuesday was day two for vaccinations by appointment in Duval County for seniors 65 and older.

Thursday January 7th will be the next chance for seniors to sign up for the COVID 19 vaccine.

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In the coming week, the Lane Wiley and mandarin Senior Center sites will be converted from test sites to vaccination sites a plan that has been in the works for some time.

Right now, those sites are offering flu shots, it was done to better prepare for the COVID vaccine.

The department of health’s goal is to vaccinate up to 900 people per day at the Prime Osborne Center and it is not just open to Duval county residents.

For many seniors the pandemic means time without loved ones and isolation.

The State of Florida is working to make access to the vaccine easier, Governor Ron Desantis revealed the State will be identifying places of worship to distribute the vaccine.

This in an effort to get the vaccine to underserved communities.

Pastor Robert LeCount is recovering from COVID 19 vaccine, he said he is willing to offer up his church as a space to distribute the vaccine.

“If it would help those in my community to help them get vaccinated yes.” LeCount said.

Action News Jax emailed Duval County Public Schools about possible future sites.

“No details yet on schools as community vaccination sites. eligible employees were given appointments for yesterday to get first dose.” DCPS said.

A new survey by the Pew Research Center shows rising trust in the vaccine with nearly 60 percent surveyed saying they would take a vaccine compared to 51 percent in September.

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