JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Prime Osborn Convention Center is out. Regency Square Mall is in. Moving forward, the new COVID-19 vaccination site now becomes the only one run by the state.
With lines a mile long, even wrapping around the corner of the building, many older adults told us they were waiting for hours.
Jody Patrick was one of hundreds.
“I know if I got COVID, I wouldn’t survive it due to underlying lung problems,” Patrick said.
“So, you do what you have to do.”
George Guy also was waiting.
“Called, got the appointment today for 2:30. Been in (line) like for two-and-a-half hours,” he said.
This is the only option for many in Duval County.
On Tuesday, Jacksonville’s mayor announced both city-run vaccine sites would close because of supply issues.
Wednesday, he announced that the state-run Prime Osborn site was shutting down.
Guy said he had challenges getting an appointment elsewhere, so standing in line was worth it.
Patrick said the state needs to keep getting the vaccine out to the public.
“A lot of people are just as desperate as we are, and not all of them are 65 yet and they still have underlying health issues and they’re still scared,” Patrick said.
“So, we just need this vaccine out. You have to wait in line all day? That’s what it takes.”
Here’s what you need to know if you need to schedule a COVID-19 vaccination appointment at the Regency Square Mall:
- The site is located at the Sears entrance (9501 Arlington Expressway).
- According to the Florida Department of Health Duval County, the site is vaccinating frontline health care workers and people ages 65 and older by appointment only. To make an appointment call 1-866-200-3762.
- Health care workers must show work ID.
- The site is open to Florida residents only and residents must provide proof of residency such as a Florida driver’s license or a utility bill. If you are eligible for the vaccine based on your age, you must show proof of age such as a driver’s license or passport.
- A face mask must be worn.
- After receiving a vaccination, you will be monitored for 15 to 30 minutes.
- The Department of Health said you will then be contacted at a later time by the state to schedule an appointment for the second dose.
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