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COVID-19 Vaccine; The Fire Watch; Book Club, 'Epoch'


As we all prepare for what could be a tough winter dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, the drug maker Pfizer announced Monday that an early analysis of its coronavirus vaccine trial suggests the vaccine is very effective in preventing Covid-19.

This is a promising development as the world waits anxiously for any positive news about a pandemic that has killed more than 1.2 million people.

Chad Nielsen, an infection prevention specialist at UF Health Jax; and Casey Ayers, a local patient who has been taking part in the COVID-19 vaccine Pfizer clinical trial in Jacksonville joined us with more.

Related: Local, State, And National Coronavirus Coverage

The Firewatch

Wednesday is Veterans Day, and Jacksonville will observe the day with a traditional Downtown parade

Additionally, we are spotlighting local organizations helping veterans on the First Coast all this week. The Fire Watch, whose mission is to stop veterans’ suicides, is one of them. General Mike Fleming, who chairs the organization, joined us to discuss its work.

Book Club

Our First Coast Connect Book Club leader Stacey Goldring joined us with some suggestions that celebrate America -  and are the perfect distraction from politics.


Epoch is a vibrant new collection of works featuring recognized artists from across the southeast. This exhibit is up now at the Florida Mining Gallery. Curator Marcus Kenney and gallery owner Steve Williamsjoined us with details.


Heather Schatz can be reached at or on Twitter at @heatherschatz.


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Heather is the senior producer of WJCT 89.9 FM talk shows including First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross, the Florida Roundup and What's Health Got to Do with It?