COVID-19 vaccine

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The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is pictured.
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Starting Tuesday, federally-supported vaccination sites in Florida, including the one in Jacksonville at Gateway Mall, will be able to administer up to 3,000 first doses of Pfizer vaccine per day, according to a statement from a spokesperson for the Florida Division of Emergency Management.

Rep. Tom Leek, R-Ormond Beach
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A House committee Monday approved a proposal that would limit local emergency orders and make permanent Gov. Ron DeSantis’ executive order barring COVID-19 “passports” that would show people have been vaccinated.

Florida has put a halt to the administration of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines after the CDC and the FDA recommended a “pause” as they investigate reports of very rare, but potentially dangerous blood clots.

A syringe is filled with the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.
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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.

JTA First Coast Flyer bus
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The Jacksonville Transportation Authority is offering free 1-day passes to anyone who wants a ride to a COVID-19 vaccination site in Jacksonville.

The backside of a vaccination card that was handed out after a man received a first dose of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine in Miami is pictured.
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The FBI is warning Floridians about the risks of sharing photos of your COVID-19 vaccine card on social media. Scammers may steal your information off the cards, the FBI says, or use your photos to create fake vaccine cards that they can sell. 

Regency Square mall vaccination site
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People who are 40 and older are now eligible for the coronavirus vaccine in Florida, and at Jacksonville’s two major vaccination sites, the lines were short when WJCT News stopped by  and people’s spirits were high. 

A city employee stands next to a repurposed vaccine bus.
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The Jacksonville Transportation Authority and Agape Family Health are making the coronavirus vaccine even more accessible by offering the shot on retrofitted city buses. The program is the first of its kind in Florida.

The federally run COVID-19 vaccination center is pictured at the Gateway Town Center.
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Anyone who brings a senior can get vaccinated for a limited time only this Saturday, March 13,  at the Gateway Town Center. 

Gov. Ron DeSantis speaking outside at the podium, National Guard members with masks on behind him.
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Speaking in Jacksonville Thursday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that 97 Walgreens around the state will begin offering all three vaccines beginning March 12.

Gov. Ron DeSantis in Ocala
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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis confirmed Friday he will lower the age requirement to receive the coronavirus vaccine some time in March.

Gateway Town Center Vaccination Site
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A federally run COVID-19 vaccination site opened Wednesday at Gateway Town Center on the Northside. The site is operated by FEMA, but the shots are being administered by 139 military personnel, many of them from Naval Hospital Jacksonville.

People wait in line to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at the Christine E. Lynn Rehabilitation Center at Jackson Hospital, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, in Miami.
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With so much riding on the successful distribution of the coronavirus vaccine, both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Florida Department of Health say their policy is to do everything possible to prevent any vaccine doses from going to waste. That sometimes means vaccinating people who don’t meet current eligibility requirements. 

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A new coronavirus vaccination site is opening in Jacksonville at Edward Waters College. The Historically Black College will distribute about 200 doses of the Moderna vaccine per day and will prioritize residents of the New Town neighborhood where the school is located. 

A volunteer at a drive through coronavirus testing site.
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The Biden Administration announced Friday it would partner with Florida to open four new community vaccination centers, one of which will be in Jacksonville.

A person receives a vaccine shot in this file photo.
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African Americans make up 29% of the population in Duval County, but just 14% of vaccinations, according to the latest numbers from the state’s Department of Health (DOH). 

That’s an improvement from two weeks ago, when African Americans made up 11% of vaccine recipients. 

UF Health Campus
UF Health Jacksonville

The CEO of UF Health Jacksonville said Thursday it may be a few weeks before his hospital  receives more doses of coronavirus vaccines. 

Gov. Ron DeSantis announces vaccine distribution partnership with Walmart
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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis visited Jacksonville Tuesday to announce a new coronavirus vaccine partnership with Walmart pharmacies. 

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Jacksonville-based Southeastern Grocers, parent company to Winn-Dixie, Harveys Supermarket, and other supermarket chains, is set to offer coronavirus vaccines across Florida on Feb. 11. 

Council member Brenda Priestly Jackson urged community members to trust the COVID-19 vaccine.
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The city of Jacksonville will distribute coronavirus vaccine shots on a first-come-first serve basis Friday and Saturday at the Northside’s Clanzel T. Brown Senior Center. 

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis
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African Americans are 1.4 times as likely to contract the coronavirus as their white counterparts, and 2.8 times as likely to die from it, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But despite this, Blacks are being vaccinated at lower rates than whites. A recent decision by Governor Ron DeSantis to increase the number of vaccine sites at Publix pharmacies might further that disparity.

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About 75,000 people have been given at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine in Duval County.

Mayor Lenny Curry
WJCT

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry on Thursday announced his plan to administer second doses of coronavirus vaccines to people who have received their first shots at the now-shuttered Lane Wiley and Mandarin senior center sites.

School Board building exterior
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The Duval County Public Schools (DCPS) board chair is calling on Gov. Ron DeSantis to make teachers and other school workers a priority in the next phase of COVID-19 vaccine distribution.

Gov. Ron DeSantis touts vaccine rollout at Jacksonville's River Garden Hebrew Home.
Sydney Boles / WJCT News

The coronavirus vaccine will have been offered to every resident of Florida’s 4,000 long-term-care facilities by the end of this month, according to Gov.  Ron DeSantis. 

Mayor Lenny Curry briefs the media on the COVID-19 vaccination effort.
Sydney Boles / WJCT News

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry announced Tuesday the city would run out of its existing doses of coronavirus vaccines by the end of the day Thursday. 

Those who have received their first doses will receive their scheduled second doses, Curry said, but he could not promise when new doses of the vaccine would arrive, or how many doses  would be available. 

A line forms outside the Mandarin Senior Center after Jacksonville announces it will be used as a COVID-19 vaccination site.
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The two new COVID-19 vaccination sites run by the city of Jacksonville will operate on a first-come, first-serve basis starting Monday.

Ted S. Warren / Associated Press

A healthcare company with its state headquarters in Jacksonville Beach is hoping to start helping administer COVID-19 vaccines by the end of March.

Person with gloves on holding a vaccine in their hand, about to flick it with their finger.
Kirsty Wigglesworth / Associated Press

Duval County residents 65 and older and health care workers with direct exposure to patients can call the health department to get vaccinated against coronavirus starting Wednesday morning, Dec. 30.

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Clay County announced on Tuesday it will be giving residents 65 and older and health care workers COVID-19 vaccines by appointment, starting Monday, Jan. 4.