Free COVID-19 Vaccination Sites Popping Up Around The First Coast This Week

Apr 12, 2021

Editor's Note:  Tuesday morning, following this story's Monday publication, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration said they are recommending a "pause" in the use of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine out of an "abundance of caution" while an investigation is conducted into reports of apparently rare, potentially dangerous blood clots.

Original Post: Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines will be available at several pop-up sites around Northeast Florida this week, starting Tuesday at Lutheran Social Services in Jacksonville.

Free vaccines will be available from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the Lutheran Social Services (LSS) site at 4615 Philips Highway.

“It’s a blessing to provide easy access to the vaccine for our clients and the greater community,” said Bill Brim, LSS executive director. “We will also have other services available throughout the day, including free groceries and HIV testing.”

The Nourishment Network Market, LSS’s onsite food pantry, distributes free groceries at the front of the building every weekday from 10 a.m. to noon. 

CAN Community Health, the onsite HIV clinic partner of LSS, will also provide free blood pressure readings, HIV and hepatitis-C tests and information about HIV services. The CAN mobile medical unit will be available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Then on Thursday, April 15, vaccines will be given at the St. Augustine and St. Johns County Visitor Information Center at 10 S. Castillo Drive from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The next day, Friday April 16, another vaccination pop-up site will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Hastings Branch Library at 6195 S. Main Street.

Then on Sunday, April 18, vaccines will be available from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Mills Field at 1805 Racetrack Road in St. Johns County.

Each of these vaccination pop-up sites will be run on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. All Florida residents that are 18 and older are eligible.

For more information about the sites in St. Johns County, call the county’s COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline at 904-295-3711.

Brendan Rivers can be reached at brivers@wjct.org, 904-358-6396 or on Twitter at @BrendanRivers.