Vulnerable groups push for access to COVID-19 vaccine

Jacksonville, FL. — Hundreds of vulnerable individuals are pushing for a place in line to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Right now, those 65 and older, first responders and medical workers have access to the shot.

However, other groups are asking for it to be their turn.

Myra Correa has underlying health issues.

“I’m diabetic and I have a pacemaker,” Correa said. “I wanted to get the shot.” She said she’s lucky she is over the age of 65, otherwise she wouldn’t be eligible. “There’s a lot of people that are ill and need the COVID shot before reaching 65.”

Dr. George Perry with the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America agrees.

He is pushing to get the vaccine to Alzheimer’s patients, regardless of age.

He also wants caretakers to get it too.

“They can serve to spread it to caretakers whether they’re in the home or nursing homes, so both are really critical to vaccinate,” Dr. Perry said.

The list of those wanting the vaccine is growing.

Action News Jax told you back in January when DCPS Board Chair, Elizabeth Anderson, sent a letter to the Governor and Florida Education Commission asking for access to vaccines for teachers.

Action News Jax recently reached out to other districts to see if there were plans to do the same.

A spokesperson with Clay County schools said they discussed writing a letter at their Thursday board meeting.

Other districts did not get back to us.

The latest numbers from the Department of Health show that as of Monday 52,603 people have received the first dose of the vaccine in Duval County.

Out of that number 38,623 are over the age of 65.

Many teachers argue that the majority of educators are under the age of 65.

We reached out to local school districts for the number of teachers in that age group that got vaccinated.

A spokesperson with Duval County schools is processing the request.

A spokesperson with Clay County schools said it does not track that data.