Officials discuss using some Jacksonville schools as COVID-19 vaccination sites on weekends

COVID-19: Vaccinating teachers in Duval County

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Officials are discussing using some school locations in Duval County to serve as COVID-19 vaccination sites.

Superintendent Dr. Diana Greene, of Duval County Public Schools, said they are working with the Department of Health to utilize some high schools as vaccination sites on weekends.

They are working on the process to make that happen so concrete details are unavailable.

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“At this time, we do not have a definitive timeline when those sites will open up and which sites will open up,” Greene said.

According to Greene, at least 200 eligible staff members with DCPS have already received a COVID-19 vaccine.

Eligible staff members are those 65 or older and their medical staff, such as school nurses. DCPS nurses are giving out the vaccine to those individuals who volunteered to receive it, Green stated. It is not mandatory.

“We were very fortunate to have a strong partnership with our local department of health. They sent a nurse to train our school nurses. Once our school nurses were trained, they allowed our nurses to give the vaccine to our eligible employees, who are 65 and older,” Greene said.

A little over 350 more employees will also get the vaccine.

“Our goal is to continue to work with the department of health to try to find ways that we can, not only benefit our employees, but be a benefit to our community as well.