JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Access to COVID-19 vaccines expanded considerably March 3 when Northeast Florida’s largest vaccine site opened at Gateway Mall and Gov. Ron DeSantis expanded the criteria for who can get the shots.
Until March 3, distribution at sites in Florida was limited to frontline health care workers and people age 65 and older. But DeSantis signed an executive order March 1 that expanded state vaccinations to school personnel, law enforcement and firefighters age 50 older. DeSantis modified the rules again to allow people of any age with a doctor’s note certifying they are extremely vulnerable to COVID-19 to get a shot at any participating pharmacy (vaccinefinder.org) or at the FEMA vaccination site at Gateway Mall.
|Current vaccine eligibility at Florida-run sites (per Executive Order 21-47)|
|Long-term care facility residents and staff|
|Everyone 65 years of age and older|
|Health care personnel with direct patients|
|K-12 school employees 50 years of ages and older|
|Sworn law enforcement officers 50 years of ages and older|
|Firefighters 50 years of age and older|
|Anyone deemed extremely vulnerable to COVID-19 who has a doctor’s note (only where physician, nurses on site)|
- On March 3, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, in conjunction with the Florida Department of Health and the military, opened a vaccination center at Gateway Mall on Jacksonville’s Northside. The main site, on Norwood Avenue just off I-95, will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week and should be able to give 2,000 doses per day. Two more satellite facilities connected with the FEMA site will each be able to give 500 additional shots per day. The two satellite sites will operate from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. From March 3-13, those will be at the Hammond Senior Center and Normandy Community Center. Teachers of all ages and firefighters and law enforcement officers age 50 and older can also get vaccinated at this federally-run site. People are encouraged to preregister by going to the state’s online site -- myvaccine.fl.gov -- or by calling Duval County’s booking number -- 866-200-3762. However, appointments are not required.
- First and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine for anyone 65 or above and health care workers are available at the state-run site at the Regency Square Mall in Jacksonville. According to the Florida Association of Public Information Officers, on March 3, the qualifications to get shots at the vaccination site changed to reflect DeSantis’ March 1 executive order. Appointments will not be needed for second-dose shots, but people must wait at least 19 days after getting their first shot to get their second shot. Appointments can also be made by calling 866-200-3762 or the designated phone number for their county or visiting myvaccine.fl.gov.
As of the second week of February, pharmacies at select Publix, Walmart, Sam’s Club and Winn-Dixie stories are all taking appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations:
- Winn-Dixie and Harveys Supermarket on Feb. 9 opened its vaccination sign-up portal for select stores. On Feb. 25, Southeastern Grocers announced it was expanding the number of stores where it’s offering vaccinations. Visit winndixie.com/pharmacy/covid-vaccine or harveyssupermarkets.com/pharmacy/covid-vaccine to make an appointment.
- Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Feb. 9 that Walmart and Sam’s Club stores would begin offering COVID-19 vaccinations on Feb. 12 at 119 stores in 34 Florida counties, including all of its pharmacies in Duval County, as well as stores in Baker, Bradford, Clay and Columbia counties. Visit walmart.com/cp/1228302 and enter your ZIP code to find any available appointments. Visit samsclub.com/pharmacy to made an appointment at one of those stores. You do not need to be a Sam’s Club member to get a vaccine at one of its pharmacies.
The state Department of Health’s offers preregistration for appointments at state-run sites, including each county’s health department, at myvaccine.fl.gov. Residents without internet access can still call for appointments.
For people who received a first dose, you must return to the same place for your second dose.
It is important to not mix the vaccines, so second shots are only available from the same place as your first shot. Bring the COVID-19 vaccine card provided when you got your first dose with you to get your second shot.
Below, you’ll find a county-by-county breakdown of those plans, which are limited to certain individuals and limited availability at this point. We add more as soon as new information becomes available.
Clay County Emergency Management and the county’s health department started COVID-19 vaccinations on Jan. 4. Vaccinations are given by appointment only when they are available and patients do not have to be Clay County residents to receive the vaccine in the county.
People who can call for an appointment include:
- Individuals age 65 and older.
- Health care workers.
- School employees age 50 and above.
- Patients with a doctor’s note that they are extremely vulnerable to COVID-19.
Anyone with questions is asked to call 877-252-9362 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. To receive updates and more information on the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in Clay County, visit Alert.ClayCountyGov.com.
St. Johns County
St. Johns County’s allocation of COVID-19 vaccinations are currently designated for persons age 65 years or older, and front-line health care workers who have direct contact with patients.
The limited number of COVID-19 vaccine doses St. Johns County receives from the state determines appointment availability. St. Johns County’s latest vaccine allotment from the state included 3,900 doses of the Pfizer vaccine. Registration opened at 9 a.m. Feb. 18 for vaccination appointments on Feb. 19, 22 and 24, and several hours later, the county announced appointments for those days were closed.
Those with appointments are asked to arrive no more than 15 minutes beforehand.
The Pfizer vaccine requires recipients to receive their second dose in 21 days. Those who receive their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine through St. Johns County will leave with an appointment scheduled for the second dose.
St. Johns County’s Vaccination Appointment System
On Feb. 22, St. Johns County launched a new COVID-19 vaccination appointment preregistration system.
If you would like to get the vaccine, you may register for an appointment by visiting https://sjcvaccineappointment.sjcfl.us.
Those who preregister with St. Johns County’s Vaccination Appointment System will receive an automated phone call from 904-295-3711 when COVID-19 vaccination appointments become available and will be given the following choices: accept the assigned appointment, decline the assigned appointment, request removal from the registry or ask for a phone call from a vaccine call center operator. If you decline the assigned appointment, you will remain preregistered and will receive another phone call with an alternative appointment date and time.
The appointment preregistration system will remain open until 6,000 preregistrations are received and will be made available again once additional vaccine doses are received. You must be age 65 or older or a health care provider with direct patient contact to be eligible to preregister for an appointment at this time.
Those with appointments will be required to provide proof of age or health care employment and proof of Florida residency when they arrive at the vaccination site.
The new appointment preregistration system replaces St. Johns County’s previous Eventbrite vaccine registration program and is only for people who are receiving their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Call 904-295-3711 for additional information or to request assistance with preregistration.
Second doses in St. Johns County
St. Johns County is in the process of contacting those who received their initial COVID-19 vaccination from the Department of Health in St. Johns County to schedule a second-dose appointment.
If you received your first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine from the Department of Health in St. Johns County and provided contact information, you should receive a phone call to schedule an appointment in the coming weeks prior to your second dose due date.
All second doses will be administered by appointment only on Tuesdays, Thursdays or Saturdays at the Solomon Calhoun Community Center, 1300 Duval Street.
For more information on St. Johns County’s COVID-19 vaccination program, call the St. Johns County COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline at 904-295-3711 (dial all 10 digits), text SJCVACCINE to 888777, or visit www.sjcfl.us/coronavirusvaccinations.
Flagler Health+ vaccination clinics
The Flagler Health+ vaccination clinics, staffed by internal employees and credentialed volunteers, are able to vaccinate approximately 400 to 600 people per day.
After the Florida Department of Health in Nassau County received a “very limited” supply of the Moderna COVID-19, the county announced a plan to begin distributing the vaccine.
Nassau County Director of Emergency Management Greg Foster said Jan. 3 that the county on Jan. 4 began a ticket process through Eventbrite, allowing people to get a ticket online and receive directions by email on how to schedule their appointment and where.
The county released an update on Jan. 14, saying it would be using the existing Eventbrite system to create a waiting list.
Foster said a plan to create a waitlist of as many targeted priority members, mostly those 65 and over, will allow residents to add their names to the waitlist without having to compete for “first on the list” in a very short period of time.
Foster said residents can register online by going to www.onenassau.com and click on the COVID VACCINE button. That will take them to Eventbrite where they can get on the waitlist. The system will use software that picks those on the waitlist randomly, according to Foster, when vaccine becomes available.
The county’s health department will explain to those receiving shots how and when they will receive their second shot.
The state Department of Health already started delivering vaccine doses to front-line medical staff and other health care personnel in Nassau County, according to emergency management officials.
Once vaccine doses are available in Nassau County, Foster said, the Emergency Operations Center will post on its social media platforms that residents should watch their emails for a message from Eventbrite to see if they have been randomly selected to book an appointment.
They will then be instructed to click on a link on that email to claim their ticket. After that, they then can call 904-548-0900 to book their appointment, at what time and where.
The Florida Department of Health in Flagler County is operating an appointment-based drive-thru vaccination site for Florida residents at the Flagler County Fairgrounds. At this time, only those Florida residents who are 65 years old or older and health care workers are eligible to receive the vaccine.
Flagler County Emergency Services announced Jan. 27 that new vaccine appointments are on hold in Flagler County as Florida works on the state’s new appointment system. The county said it is prioritizing more than 10,000 people already on the callback list.
When the state activates its appointment system in Flagler County, a new link will be provided, the county said.
The county said the best way to receive updates about COVID-19 vaccination appointment availability and testing is to text “FlaglerCOVID” to 888777.
On Feb. 23, DeSantis announced 81 select CVS Health locations in Florida will begin offering vaccinations. The only location in Northeast Florida is the one in Flagler County. The exact sites and appointment information will be added to the CVS website, and people without online access can call 800-746-7287.
Vaccinations are being given to first responders, health care workers and those age 65 and older in Putnam County.
As soon as doses are received, staff will be making contact with those on the list in the order of their registration to make their appointment so they may receive their vaccine. Those who have already received their first dosage will be receiving a follow-up call to schedule their second shot. This will occur as the county receives the vaccine.
On Jan. 20 and Jan. 21, county health officials provided 600 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to those who have already registered.
Please continue monitoring the county’s social media for updates to this effort.
Click here for the new Moderna Vaccine Screening and Consent form that citizens can print out, complete and bring with them to their appointment.
Questions about the COVID-19 vaccination effort in Putnam County can be directed to 386-329-1904 (option 1) Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Appointments will be required for community members. Book yours by going to putnam.floridahealth.gov and clicking the “vaccine request” tab to preregister. If you don’t have online access 386-329-1904 between 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
FDOH-Baker will stop COVID-19 testing to focus on vaccinations, the Baker County Press reports.
A statement said: “In an effort to support COVID vaccinations, FDOH-Baker will no longer conduct COVID testing effective January 18. If you are experiencing COVID symptoms and desire to be tested, please contact your primary care physician, urgent care, or a community testing site.”
In early January, the Florida Department of Health in Baker County began COVID-19 vaccinations for residents over the age of 65.
The COVID-19 vaccine is currently being given to health care workers and first responders, said Jordan Duncan, community health nursing director for the health department.
Residents age 65 and older or meet the other criteria specified by the state can make appointments by phone to get the vaccine by calling the health department’s primary phone line: 904-259-6291.
Bradford and Union counties
Vaccinations for COVID-19 in Bradford and Union counties began Jan. 5, health officials announced Dec. 31.
The Florida Department of Health in Bradford and Union counties will administer vaccinations to those 65 years of age or older.
Any person wishing to get the vaccine will be required to show proof of age and will need to make an appointment.
To make an appointment, call 904-964-7732 for Bradford County or 386-496-3211 for Union County.
The health department is distributing vaccine doses to those age 65 and older and other qualified recipients on an appointment-only basis.
They distribute once a week at the Southside sports complex.
There’s an online system where county residents can go and register their name, and the health department calls them back. To register, click here.
As of Jan. 27, the Columbia County Health Department is now scheduling second dose COVID-19 shot appointments for Feb. 2.
Southeast Georgia counties
COVID-19 vaccinations in the Coastal Health District and Southeast Health District of Georgia are now available to adults age 65 and older, their caregivers and emergency first responders.
The Coastal Health District includes Camden and Glynn counties, and the Southeast Health District includes Brantley, Charlton, Pierce and Ware counties.
Vaccination of health care workers is already underway in those counties and will continue as the program expands.
There is no cost for COVID-19 vaccination through public health.
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp announced Feb. 25 that preschool and K-12 school employees, adults with intellectual disabilities and their caregivers and parents of children with complex medical conditions will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in Georgia starting March 8. Kemp said newly eligible people could start signing up on Feb. 26 at www.MyVaccineGeorgia.com.
To accommodate the additional demand for vaccines, Georgia will open five additional mass-vaccination sites on March 17, including one at Waycross Mall.
Southeast Georgia Health System
Southeast Georgia Health System has available COVID-19 vaccine appointments for residents meeting current eligibility criteria at its Brunswick and Kingsland vaccination clinics.
Appointments can be scheduled online at sghs.org/covid19-vaccine for the following locations:
Brunswick Campus, Linda S. Pinson Conference Center
2415 Parkwood Drive in Brunswick
Saturday, March 6, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Wednesday, March 10, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Camden Community Recreation Center
1050 Wildcat Drive in Kingsland
Monday, March 8, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Friday, March 12, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Based on guidelines established by Kemp on Dec. 30, people age 65 and older, their caregivers, health care workers and emergency first responders are eligible to receive the vaccine.
On Monday, March 8, the eligibility criteria will expand to include all educators and school staff in pre-K through 12th grade, educators and staff in early child care centers, adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their caregivers, and parents of children with complex medical conditions.
Those receiving the vaccine must be available for a second dose 21 days later for the Pfizer vaccine or 28 days later for the Moderna vaccine.
Those receiving the vaccine must provide a form of identification and should wear a shirt that provides access to their upper arm. Masks are required when in a Health System facility.
Following the vaccination, recipients will be required to remain in an observation area for 15 minutes to ensure they do not experience any adverse reaction.
Even after receiving the vaccine, according to health officials, it remains important to continue following safety protocols, including wearing a mask, social distancing, washing hands frequently and avoiding large gatherings.
An online portal is available for scheduling a COVID-19 vaccine appointment through the Coastal Health District.
The quickest way to schedule an appointment is through the online portal at chdcovidvax.org. Residents who do not have online access or need assistance can schedule by phone at 912-230-5506. Telephone wait times may be long.
Appointments are available on a first-come, first-served basis for qualifying individuals and can be scheduled up to eight days in advance, depending on vaccine availability. The scheduling system is for first-dose appointments only. Second dose appointments are booked at the time the first dose is administered.
Other health care providers in our area are also offering the vaccine. Additional information about the vaccine and about vaccine providers can be found at covid19.gachd.org/vaccine.