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New Vaccine Site; Homeless Camp; Colorectal Cancer; COVID And Breast Cancer

Marta Lavandier
Associated Press

The new FEMA vaccination site at the Gateway Town Center on Jacksonville’s Northside saw some confusion Wednesday night.

Over one hundred people showed up with hopes of being vaccinated with any leftover doses as stand-bys, since the site can vaccinate up to 2,000 people per day. We spoke to Tom Neal, who was among those turned away.   


City officials will clear out a growing homeless camp, which has been an issue throughout the pandemic, on Tuesday, March 9. At the same time, with home ownership out of reach for many Black families, The Florida Housing Coalition this week announced the creation of a new Center for Racial Equity.  Jamie Ross, President of The Florida Housing Coalition joined us with details.  

Colorectal Cancer Screening

Colorectal cancer, which occurs in both men and women, is the second leading cancer killer, but it doesn’t have to be. There is strong scientific evidence that screening for colorectal cancer beginning at age 45 saves lives. Dr. Timothy Woodward, a gastroenterologist at Mayo Clinic, spoke to us with more on the subject.  

COVID Vaccines And Breast Imaging

More people are getting vaccinated right now, however the vaccine has raised medical questions pertaining to other procedures. The Society of Breast Imaging recently came out with new guidelines saying that women should schedule their mammograms either before receiving the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine or four to six weeks following the vaccine. Dr. Laila Samiian, the director of the breast program at Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center in Jacksonville, gave us more information.  

Patrick Cantin can be reached at and on Twitter.  


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Patrick Cantin is joining WJCT from the University of North Florida as a news intern for the fall 2020 semester.