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COVID-19 Vaccine Update; Holiday Scams; What's Good Wednesdays

A National Health Service pharmacy technician at the Royal Free Hospital in London simulates the preparation of the Pfizer vaccine Friday for support staff training ahead of this week's rollout.

Florida’s top public health official said Tuesday that five Florida hospitals, including UF Health Jacksonville, could receive COVID-19 vaccinations as early as next week.

Department of Health Secretary Scott Rivkees, who also serves as the state's surgeon general, gave the update during a statewide call with hospital administrators.

This news comes as the first people in the United Kingdom receive vaccinations for coronavirus, and some early reports of allergic reactions are popping up.

We spoke to Dr. Michael Koren of the Jacksonville Center for Clinical Research to get the latest on this vaccine news.

Related: Local, State, And National Coronavirus Coverage

Holiday Fraud And Scams

As you go about your holiday shopping, both in store and online, be mindful, because fraud and scams are rampant this time of year.

But there are ways to make sure you are not defrauded, scammed or otherwise financially victimized this holiday season. Stephanie Mintz, Fraud Prevention Analyst with Community First Credit Union, joined us with some advice.

What’s Good Wednesdays

This week, we shared good news from:

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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?