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Moderna Vaccine Trials For Kids; IKEA Going Green; World Elder Abuse Day; Cloverleaf


UF Health Jacksonville has begun COVID-19 vaccine trials for children under two.

Currently, Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine is approved for anyone age 12 and up and Moderna's vaccine is available to those age 16 and up.  

Mobeen Rathore serves as:

  • Professor and Associate Chair, Department of Pediatrics at University of Florida
  • Chair, Infection Prevention and Control Committee, Baptist Health System
  • Hospital Epidemiologist and Chief, Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Immunology, Wolfson Children’s Hospital.

He joined us with more on the trials and why its important for everyone to get vaccinated.  
To register children for the COVID-19 vaccine trials, including next round of trials for 2 years to less than 6 year age group starting June 29, parents can email or call o904-427-2673 or text 904-309-1303.

Going Green with IKEA

Today's Going Green segment focused on how IKEA plans to take the lead on retail sustainability efforts in Jacksonville. Market Manager Chris Nace joined us with details.

World Elder Abuse Day

June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness DayElder financial abuse and fraud are estimated to cost older Americans up to $36.5 billion each year. However, there is now a free online workshop to educate people about these elder scams, and how to protect themselves from them.   Linda Levin is CEO at Eldersource, and joined us with more information.


Cloverleaf is an endurance event in town this weekend modeled on the training for the U.S. Special Forces. GORUCK CEO Jason McCarthy told us how he’s leading the event.

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.