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First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross

Coronavirus Vaccines; Voting Rights; Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp; Jax Metro

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In this Jan. 27, 2021, file photo, Irma Mesa, 74, receives a COVID-19 vaccine at the Jackson Hospital in Miami.

Anyone age 60 and older can now be vaccinated against the coronavirus in Florida. At the same time, people who don’t fit into the eligible categories have been successful - sometimes - in getting leftover shots at the end of the day.         

One site where that type of standby has been happening is at Edward Waters College, which is a site run by Agape Family Health. The organization's CEO, Mia Jones, joined us with more on the vaccination process.  

Voting Rights

We spoke to voting rights activist, Desmond Meade.  He is Executive Director of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition and has been a leading advocate to restore voting rights for more than a million Florida residents with a prior felony conviction.  He spoke to us about his new book, Let My People Vote.  

Related: Suppression Or Security? Proposed Election Changes Cause Uproar

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp

Opening Day for the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp has been pushed back to May 4, but in the interim,  they are making plenty of other news.  We spoke to Scott Kornberg, the team's media and public relations manager for more.  

Jax Metro

Jax Metro, also known as the Self-Help Credit Union, is making strides on the city’s Northside.  Tom Larson, Director of Business Development at Jax Metro / Self-Help Credit Union, explained.  

Patrick Cantin can be reached at newsteam@wjct.org and on Twitter.