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2 Jacksonville COVID-19 Testing Sites Being Converted Into Vaccination Centers

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry
City of Jacksonville
Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry

Two of Jacksonville’s COVID-19 testing sites are being converted into vaccination centers, Mayor Lenny Curry announced Thursday.

The testing sits at the Mandarin and Lane Wiley Senior Centers will stop testing at 5 p.m. and start offering COVID-19 vaccines on Monday.

“I will remind folks that we still have limited availability of this vaccine and Governor DeSantis has prioritized its distribution for those at most risk,” Curry said. “Our numbers are trending upward. The virus is spreading as we knew it would.”

Related: Daily Average Of New COVID-19 Cases Higher Than Ever In Fla. And Jacksonville

Over the past week, Jacksonville has reported an average of nearly 900 new coronavirus cases every day. That’s a record high as cases, percent positivity, hospitalizations and deaths are all trending upward.

Nursing home residents and staff, frontline healthcare workers with direct patient contact and people 65 and older are the only people who qualify for the vaccine in Florida at the moment.

Mayor Curry said the city will release more information on the vaccination scheduling process on Friday.

Last week, Duval County’s health department launched an online COVID-19 vaccination appointment form

Special Projects Producer Brendan Rivers joined WJCT News in August of 2018 after several years as a reporter and then News Director at Southern Stone Communications, which owns and operates several radio stations in the Daytona Beach area.