Jacksonville’s COVID-19 vaccination sites close in on 1,000 total doses

Jacksonville, Fla — Day three of vaccine distribution at the Mandarin and Lane Wiley Senior Centers continued Wednesday with about 975 total doses administered total.

A representative for the City of Jacksonville told Action News Jax it had a total of 10,750 vaccines allotted, which is separate from the Duval County Department of Health’s Prime Osborne Center.

Mandarin and Lane Wiley are first come, first served and only for Duval County residents.

Many told Action News Jax’s Robert Grant on Wednesday that they tried to book appointments through the Department of Health, but were unsuccessful. “You get the shot as soon as you can of course, any way you can. This turned out to be my best option,” Ed Conner said after waiting for about three hours to get his first dose at the Mandarin Senior Center.

The Duval County Department of Health reported it administered less than 1,000 doses at the Prime Osborne Center Wednesday after some appointments were canceled because people opted to wait in line at the city’s first come, first served sites. Many residents reported problems booking an appointment, citing website crashes and long waits on the phone.

The Division of Emergency Management told Action News Jax that 6,000 more doses are being shipped to Duval County. A representative said they were for hospitals and healthcare providers. The city and health department would not be included in the allotment.

People who waited in line at the Mandarin Senior Center said after the doors opened at 11 a.m., the line was moving quick and it only took about an hour to get the first dose. Individuals waiting in line at Mandarin and Lane Wiley will receive a ticket for the day and they can leave and come back any time, as long as they are in line by 6 p.m. that same day.

You can go to the Department of Health’s website to book an appointment once they become available.

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