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Federal, State COVID Vaccine Sites In Jax Running Below Capacity

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BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS
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The Regency Square mall vaccination had no line outside when a WJCT News editor visited it earlier this month.

For the last several weeks, Jacksonville has been able to vaccinate more than 6,000 people a day at federal and state vaccine locations. The number does not even include retail pharmacies, like Publix and Walmart.

But WJCT News partner News4Jax reports that state data shows that since the beginning of March, the five federal and state vaccine locations in Jacksonville have administered 60% of the doses available to them, on average, each day.

Shortly before 11 a.m. Wednesday, there were five people lined up outside of the federal vaccine satellite site at Oceanway Community Center. The popup vaccination clinic relocated to Oceanway over the weekend.

Shechinah Gee was one of the people in the line. Gee works at an Amazon fulfillment center in Jacksonville. She does not match any of the criteria in the governor’s executive order to get a shot but has already tried before with no luck. On Wednesday, she was turned down again.

“It’s fear every day when I go to work, when I go to the store, I think everyone is in a rush right now to get this vaccine … so we can get back to our everyday life,” said Gee. “I feel like the age range should definitely be for the people who go to work every day.”

Read the rest of this story on News4Jax.com.