Coronavirus vaccine: County-by-county plan for Northeast Florida, Southeast Georgia

Action News Jax will update this story as each county releases new information

In the wake of the Food and Drug Administration’s emergency use approval of two COVID-19 vaccines, counties in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia are beginning to release their plans for distributing the vaccines to the public.

Here’s what we know so far:

NORTHEAST FLORIDA

DUVAL COUNTY:

REGENCY MALL:

Starting Wednesday, Jan. 20 the Regency Mall will become a state run COVID-19 Vaccination site.

The Regency Mall site is by appointment only. To make an appointment call 1-866-200-3762. NOTE: Appointments can only be made by phone, online appointments are not available at this time.

During your appointment, you must have a photo ID that proves that you’re a Florida resident.

For more on the Regency Mall vaccination site, click here.

PRIME OSBORN CONVENTION CENTER:

The Florida Department of Health - Duval County will be ending COVID-19 vaccine appointments at the Prime Osborn at the end of this week, Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry announced Wednesday. The site has been vaccinating health care workers or people age 65 or older.

Appointments can be made online. The DOH announced Monday, Jan. 4 that new appointments will be added through the online system every Thursday at 5 p.m. The link will change each week and will be posted on the DOH alerts page. NOTE: Appointments can no longer be made by phone. Only online appointments are available.

Even though the site is closing to new appointments, those who have gotten their first vaccine here will be able to get their second dose here as well.

HERE IS THE LINK THAT THE DOH SHARED FOR JAN. 14: https://jax.readyop.com/fe/eBiAeQ

MANDARIN AND LANE WILEY SENIOR CENTERS

UPDATE: The City of Jacksonville has distributed the COVID-19 vaccines allotted to them, Mayor Lenny Curry announced Friday morning.

The Mandarin and Lane Wiley senior centers are now closed to new patients in need of the first dose. A reminder for anyone who received their first dose at a city-run site, you will still be able to get your second dose; just return to the same site on the date you were told.

Curry said the state is facilitating all COVID-19 vaccine distribution at the Regency Mall location. To make an appointment at Regency, call 866-200-3762.

For more information on Duval County’s COVID-19 vaccination plan click here.

You can also visit the Florida Department of Health in Duval County page here.


CLAY COUNTY:

Clay County Emergency Management said when more appointments become available, they can be made through:

https://www.claycountygov.com/community/emergency-management.

The COVID-19 Vaccination Point of Distribution will be at the UF/IFAS Extension Clay County T. Jesse Godbold Building, 2463 SR 16 West, Green Cove Springs, FL.

You must show ID or proof of healthcare employment to receive the vaccine.

To learn more about Clay County’s COVID-19 vaccination plan click here.


ST. JOHNS COUNTY:

St. Johns County will begin administering second dose COVID-19 vaccines on Tuesday, January 26, at the Solomon Calhoun Community Center, 1300 Duval Street.

Second dose vaccines will be administered by appointment only and have been allocated to those who received their first dose vaccination from St. Johns County or the Department of Health-St. Johns.

St. Johns County received an allotment of 1,950 Pfizer vaccines from the State of Florida this week.

Registration will open at 9 a.m. on Thursday, January 21, for vaccination appointments on January 22, 25, and 27.

County leaders say you can schedule an appointment by visiting https://tinyurl.com/y52tcoaz or by calling the St. Johns County COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline at 904-295-3711 (dial all ten digits) after 9 a.m. on Thursday. NOTE: You will not be able to register for an appointment through the website or hotline prior to 9 a.m.

The Pfizer vaccine requires the recipient to receive a 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.

The limited number of COVID-19 vaccines St. Johns County receives from the State of Florida determines appointment availability. More appointments will be opened when St. Johns County receives additional vaccines.

In addition to St. Johns County’s vaccine program, 14 Publix pharmacy locations in St. Johns County will start to administer COVID-19 vaccinations, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced during a news conference in Ponte Vedra Beach on Wednesday. More information on how to reserve an appointment time will be available at www.publix.com/covidvaccine. Click here for list of locations.

For updates regarding the COVID-19 vaccine, visit http://www.sjcfl.us/coronavirusvaccinations/ or call 904-295-3711 (dial all ten digits) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

You can also call the State of Florida 24/7 COVID-19 call center at 866.779.6121 or visit www.floridahealthcovid19.gov, or email covid-19@floridahealth.gov.

You can also learn more about St. Johns County’s COVID-19 vaccination plan here or text SJCVACCINE to 888777 to receive updates directly to your phone.


COLUMBIA COUNTY:

According to the Columbia County Emergency Management Facebook page, county residents 65 years of age and older will be the first ones to be vaccinated.

To submit your request for the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine click here. You may also call 386-758-1068 to request the vaccine, you’ll need to provide your name, date of birth and address.

You can learn more about Columbia County’s COVID-19 vaccination plan on the Florida Department of Health page here.


BAKER COUNTY

The Florida Department of Health - Baker County said its appointments for administering COVID-19 vaccines are currently booked up.

Officials are waiting to find out when they will receive more vaccines and will reopen appointments at that time.

Click here to learn more about Baker County’s vaccination plan.


NASSAU COUNTY

The ticket process is through EventBrite which allows residents to get a ticket online. Residents will then receive directions by email on how to schedule and where to go.

The vaccine is only for medical workers and those 65 and older at this time.

Please monitor www.OneNassau.com, click “COVID VACCINE” and follow the instructions. You can also sign up for direct-to-your-cellphone updates by texting the word OneNassau to the number 888777.

Click here to learn more about Nassau County’s vaccination plan.


PUTNAM COUNTY

The Florida Department of Health - Putnam County issued the following update about its vaccination process for those aged 65 and older:

“The Department of Health in Putnam County has temporarily closed registration for the vaccine due to signups exceeding the department’s initial 10,000 registrations cap.

“If you have already pre-registered please be patient as we will continue scheduling appointments as more vaccine becomes available to Putnam County. If possible we will re-open registration once the first group of 10,000 registrants complete their vaccinations.”

Click here for more information on Putnam County’s COVID-19 vaccination plan.


UNION COUNTY

Bradford County Emergency Management shared the following information about the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines in Union County:

On December 31, 2020, the Florida Department of Health for Bradford and Union Counties announced their plans for COVID-19 vaccinations of persons 65 years of age or older.

If you have questions, please call (386) 496-3211 for Union County.

Click here for more information on Union County’s COVID-19 vaccination plan.


BRADFORD COUNTY

Bradford County Emergency Management shared the following information about the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines in Bradford County:

“COVID-19 Vaccine Update - Per the Bradford County Health Department, all currently available appointments have been filled for the COVID-19 Vaccine. The Health Department has asked us to share this information and to let everyone know that they intend to announce further dates in the near future.

“Please check back as we will post more information once the Health Department has provided it to us.”

Click here for more information on Bradford County’s COVID-19 vaccination plan.


SOUTHEAST GEORGIA

CAMDEN AND GLYNN COUNTIES

The Georgia Department of Public Health’s Coastal Health District, which includes Camden and Glynn counties, has temporarily paused new appointment scheduling for COVID-19 vaccinations.

Read their statement below:

“Health Departments in all Coastal Health District counties have received an overwhelming response from residents ages 65 and older interested in COVID-19 vaccination. Based on the number of calls taken to date, health departments in all eight counties have enough requests to schedule appointments through February and, in some cases, into March. To ensure we have adequate vaccine to fulfill appointment requests, including second doses, the Coastal Health District has temporarily paused appointment scheduling for new requests. Individuals who are already on the list and awaiting call-back will still be given an appointment.

“Our health department staff is working hard to get thousands of people scheduled for vaccination, but we need to hit the pause button – at least for a little while – so we can manage the current volume of requests,” said Dr. Lawton Davis, Health Director for the Coastal Health District. “It is also my sincere hope that in the very near future, more providers will have the vaccine so there are more places for folks to get vaccinated.”

“Residents can go to covid19.gachd.org and register to be notified when appointments open back up. Registering online does not guarantee a vaccination appointment; it simply gives us a way to notify residents when the appointment process is back underway.

“We know people are frustrated because the process is moving more slowly than they would like, and if we could vaccinate everyone today, we’d do that. But your health departments are stretched thin and doing what they can to move forward,” said Davis. “We’re exploring ways to expand capacity, and we know more help will arrive when other local healthcare providers have vaccine to offer, too. In the meantime, please be patient and keep practicing the public health hygiene recommendations we know help slow the spread of COVID-19.”

Click here for more information on Camden County’s COVID-19 vaccination plan.

Click here for more information on Glynn County’s COVID-19 vaccination plan.


CHARLTON, WARE, BRANTLEY, AND PIERCE COUNTIES

The Georgia Department of Public Health’s Southeast Health District, which includes Charlton, Ware, Brantley and Pierce counties, released the following information:

Are you interested in receiving your COVID-19 vaccine?

Are you part of one of the groups listed below?

  • Healthcare workers in clinical settings (e.g., nurses, physicians, EMS, laboratory technicians, environmental services)
  • Staff and residents of long-term care facilities
  • All law enforcement and fire personnel (including volunteer departments)
  • Adults aged 65 and older (and their caregivers as applicable)

If so, beginning January 11, you will be eligible to receive your COVID-19 vaccine.

An appointment is required to receive your vaccine at one of the Department of Health’s mass vaccination sites.

To verify eligibility and schedule an appointment, please call 1-855-473-4374.

“Scheduling a vaccine appointment for eligible individuals CANNOT be completed online at this time. If you have scheduled an appointment on covid19.dph.ga.gov, this was for COVID-19 TESTING – not to receive a vaccine. Vaccine appointments can only be scheduled through our call center.”

Please complete the COVID-19 Vaccine Packet and bring it with you to your appointment.

Bailey Husker, Action News Jax

Bailey Husker is a digital content producer for Action News Jax.

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