JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Regency Square Mall COVID-19 vaccine site will start giving second doses Wednesday morning.
The state says it will call people who already got their first dose, 2 to 3 days before their appointment.
Many who were among the first to get their vaccines at Regency are still waiting on a call from the state.
Wednesday would be 21 days since their first dose, but the state tells us it has up to six weeks to make those calls.
73-year-old John Mangold says, “My biggest worry really is catching this virus.”
Mangold, who is considered high-risk due to a kidney transplant, has been waiting to get his second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Tuesday morning, he finally got a call from the state.
“It was from Starke, and so I thought well maybe I better answer it. So I answered it and she said, ‘I’m so-and-so with the state and I’m here to set you up with your first shot.’”
He explained that he didn’t need the first dose, just the second. Mangold said they told him someone else would be reaching out to schedule it.
He explains, “I have not received a call from anybody.”
Both he and his wife were among the first to get the vaccine at Regency on Jan. 20.
His wife has an appointment for Wednesday, exactly 21 days later — an appointment she almost didn’t get.
“Hers happened to come in from MacClenny, and she almost didn’t answer and she thought maybe I better, so she did answer; and that was the state to set her up with an appointment.”
We reached out to the state for answers. We’re told the calls will come from random numbers.
Meanwhile, Mangold still waits for his call.
The state said, “You can get it four days before or up to six weeks after. Nobody is due on a specific day.”
Mangold hopes his second shot comes sooner rather than later.
“I’m a little bit scared because my immune system is suppressed, so I’m just sitting there waiting.”
The state says it will continue to call people who do not answer the phone. But it’s important to note that the state will not leave voicemails, so people will need to answer the phone.
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