COVID-19 vaccine


Businesses and government agencies are moving to require proof of vaccination as the Delta variant surges in on the First Coast and around the country. 

Uber is giving free door-to-door rides to and from COVID-19 vaccination sites within 10 Jacksonville area ZIP codes as part of a new program with the Jacksonville Transportation Authority.

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State economists expressed optimism Tuesday that already-rebounding tourism numbers will see a quicker-than-anticipated boost from international travelers as Canada eases COVID-19 border restrictions.

Councilman Ron Salem sitting, looking out past a bench he is sitting at, there is a small mic in front of him. Painting in the background, and someone sitting to his right.
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Jacksonville city officials are looking for ways to combat a surge in COVID-19 cases in Duval County as the highly-infectious Delta variant spreads throughout the country.

In this Feb. 8, 2021, file photo, Florida seniors have their temperatures taken before receiving the second dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at Jackson Health System in Miami.
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Health officials in eight southeast Georgia counties are sounding the alarm as new cases of COVID-19 are skyrocketing. 

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With COVID-19 cases spiking in Northeast Florida, local doctors say the patients filling up their hospitals are almost all unvaccinated. 


COVID-19 Case counts and hospitalization numbers had been declining in Duval County, but in recent weeks those rates have been trending in the wrong direction. 

This July 2020 photo shows a potential COVID-19 vaccine developed by Moderna and the National Institutes of Health.
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Sen. Rick Scott, R-FL, and Rep. John Rutherford, R-FL4, are leading an effort to ban so-called vaccine passports at airports. 


It isn’t a million-dollar prize, but the local health department in Duval County is offering its own incentive for people to get COVID vaccines. 

People gather outside a bus marked "Wellness on Wheels"
Jacksonville Transportation Authority

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority is expanding its mobile COVID vaccine program, Wellness on Wheels. 

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State-supported COVID vaccination sites in Duval County will stop operating later this month, as vaccines have become more widely available and more than 10 million people have received at least one dose. 

A syringe is filled with the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.
Mary Altaffer / Associated Press

The state of Florida will be hosting COVID-19 vaccination pop-up sites in St. Johns County through the end of the month.

The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is pictured.
Matt Slocum / Associated Press

Preliminary research conducted on a small sample size suggests that certain COVID-19 vaccines, including Pfizer and Moderna, may not be effective for solid organ transplant patients and others with compromised immune systems.

A person holds a strip of stickers that say "I Got Mine"
Courtesy Lutheran Social Services

The Pfizer coronavirus vaccine will be available free of charge Tuesday at Lutheran Social Services in Jacksonville. 

COVID-19 vaccine being administered.
Ted S. Warren / Associated Press

Wednesday, April 28, is the last day St. Johns County will offer first doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine at the Solomon Calhoun Community Center on Duval Street.


Federal data show that Florida has more COVID-19 cases tied to newer, more transmissible strains of the coronavirus than any other state. 

Gateway Mall Offering 3K First Dose Pfizer Shots Daily

Apr 20, 2021
The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is pictured.
Ted S. Warren / Associated Press

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.
Mary Altaffer / Associated Press

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
John Burr / WJCT contributor

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.

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
Sydney Boles / WJCT News

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.
Sydney Boles / WJCT News

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.
Sydney Boles / WJCT News

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.
Lynne Sladky / Associated Press

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
Courtesy Gov. Ron DeSantis

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

Sydney Boles / WJCT News

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.

File photo of people waiting in line to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.

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. 


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.