Coronavirus: Gateway Mall to serve as federally supported vaccination site in Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — March 29 Update: Florida residents scheduled to get the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine may come in at any time on their scheduled day. Officials say residents do not have to wait until the exact time of their appointment. The federally supported and state-run Gateway Mall, Hammond Senior Center and Normandy Community Center sites in Jacksonville will accommodate.

March 22 Update: The Florida Division of Emergency Management announced that the Gateway Mall, a federally-supported vaccination site in Jacksonville, will administer 500 first doses of the Pfizer vaccine per day beginning March 24 through April 7. Action News Jax reported when the state previously announced that the vaccination site would only be able to administer second dose shots during that time.

The satellite sites associated with the Gateway Mall site, Oceanway Community Center and the Carver Center, will continue only administering second dose shots between March 24 and April 14.

For the last two weeks of operations, April 14 – 28, the state said it is planning to offer the one dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine. See full statement from the FDEM here.

March 19 Update: The Gateway Mall and all other federally-supported sites in Jacksonville will stop administering first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine starting March 24.

After March 24, only second doses will be administered.

The only exception will be when Gateway Mall administers Johnson and Johnson vaccines from April 18 to April 28 before closing.

A spokesperson with FEMA told Action News Jax the original FEMA concept was for these facilities to only stay open for eight weeks.

The federal operation was expected to last eight weeks (March 3 – April 28). This operation may be extended based on a variety of factors, including, but not limited to, increased vaccine allocations, success of operations and resource availability.


A new federally supported COVID-19 vaccination site is coming to the Gateway Mall on Jacksonville’s Northside.

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Friday morning the establishment of a COVID-19 vaccination site in partnership with the federal government in Duval County.

The site, located at 5200 Norwood Avenue, will open on March 3 and will operate seven days per week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and will administer 2,000 vaccines per day.

Its opening through a partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Department of Defense, the Florida Department of Health, the Florida Division of Emergency Management and Florida National Guard.

It will have two smaller, mobile satellite sites that will conduct 500 vaccinations per day in underserved areas.

Those sites will be located at the Hammond Senior Center (3312 West 12th Street) and the Normandy Community Center (1751 Lindsey Road) from March 3 to 13, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., according to the Florida Division of Emergency Management.

Walk-ups are welcome at the site but if you’d like to register for an appointment, visit myvaccine.fl.gov.

Other federally-supported vaccination sites were also announced for Miami, Tampa and Orlando.

Aurielle Eady

Aurielle Eady, Action News Jax

Aurielle Eady is a digital content producer for Action News Jax.