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County-by-county plans to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine

An elderly woman receives a dose of COVID-19 vaccine at central Evangelismos hospital in Athens, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021. Greek health authorities started vaccinating people aged over 85 years old on Saturday. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)
An elderly woman receives a dose of COVID-19 vaccine at central Evangelismos hospital in Athens, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021. Greek health authorities started vaccinating people aged over 85 years old on Saturday. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis) (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – As the COVID-19 vaccine is rolled out across the state, various counties in Northeast Florida are implementing their plans to distribute the shots.

Below, you’ll find a county-by-county breakdown of those plans. We’ll be adding more as soon as we get new information.

Duval County

Vaccinations for anyone 65 or above and health care workers are now available, either by appointment at the Prime Osborn Convention Center or first-come, first-served on select days by birth month at two Jacksonville senior citizens centers.

The Duval County Health Department is offering additional appointments online every Thursday, while vaccine supplies last.

The health department says Duval County received 26,000 doses and will run out of first dose vaccines at the end of next week. So right now, this Thursday at 5 p.m. is the only opportunity to make an appointment for the first dose vaccine.

News4Jax was told those who sign up will still not receive an email or text notification, but if you receive the popup message that your appointment was received and to arrive five minutes in advance, that is your confirmation.

For more information, visit duval.floridahealth.gov/alerts.html.

Vaccinating residents of Duval County 65+ and heath care workers based on their birth month at the senior citizens center began Monday, Jan. 11. Details, locations and hours.

Second doses

If you received your first dose at the Prime Osborn and your appointment card was not stamped with a time/date to return for your second dose, or you lost the information you were given about a second dose appointment, the health department automatically makes your appointment for you. You should return on the SAME day and time of your first dose appointment, but four weeks after you received the first dose. For example, if your appointment for your first dose was at 9 a.m. Jan. 4, you would return at 9 a.m. Feb. 1 for your second dose.

Clay County

Clay County Emergency Management and the county’s health department started COVID-19 vaccinations on Monday, Jan. 4. Vaccines 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 aged 65 and older
  • Health care workers

Vaccination appointments will be available in 15-minute increments from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday when supplies are available.

By Wednesday, Jan. 30, all appointments for the county’s available allotment of vaccine were taken. Clay County announced Wednesday, Jan. 13, that it has not received any additional supply from the Florida Department of emergency management, but Clay County Emergency Management Director John Ward said a regular supply should begin coming next week.

Ward said Emergency Management will be releasing information by noon next Wednesday to its social media platforms and to the media about any additional vaccine doses that the county receives. Then at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, the online portal at Alert.ClayCountyGov.com will open.

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.

Ascension St. Vincent’s will be holding a COVID-19 vaccination event for Clay County residents age 65 and older from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18, at the Clay County Fairgrounds. All available appointments were scheduled by 12:30 p.m. Friday.

St. Johns County

St. Johns County’s allocation of COVID-19 vaccinations are currently designated for persons ages 65 years or older, and frontline health care workers who have direct contact with patients and its supply of the vaccine has been limited to 500 per week for the past two weeks.

On Wednesday, Jan. 13, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that the state’s partnership with Publix was expanding to include 14 stores in St. Johns County. Online appointments were needed for shots set to begin on Thursday, Jan. 14. On the evening of Wednesday, Jan. 13, Publix posted on Facebook: “All available COVID-19 vaccine appointments at Publix Pharmacy Florida locations have been claimed. Additional appointments will be announced as we receive more inventory. Check www.publix.com/covid-vaccine for the latest information.”

Registration for receiving a dose from the county opened at 9 a.m. Thursday for the 500 vaccination appointments to be given Friday, but all appointments were filled up in less than 15 minutes.

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.

When more appointments open, the link to schedule an appointment is https://tinyurl.com/y52tcoaz. The form will not be active until registration opens. The form will also be available at www.sjcfl.us/coronavirusvaccinations.

If you or a family member are unable to make an appointment on the website, call the St. Johns County COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline at 904.295.3711 (dial all ten digits) after 9 a.m. the day appointments open. You will not be able to register an appointment through the hotline prior to 9 a.m.

School employees

St. Johns County School District employees and others considered to be essential workers will be able to receive COVID-19 vaccinations through a new program at Flagler Health+ in St. Augustine.

This week, the hospital said it is giving a portion of its Pfizer vaccine allotment to first responders and other essential workers. School district employees were scheduled to get the vaccine Thursday and Friday and another round will be scheduled for Feb. 4 and 5.

The Flagler Health+ vaccination clinics, staffed by internal employees and credentialed volunteers are able to vaccinate approximately 400 to 600 people per day.

Learn more

Second doses

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 ten digits), text SJCVACCINE to 888777, or visit www.sjcfl.us/coronavirusvaccinations.

Nassau County

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 Sunday, Jan. 3, that the county on Monday, 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 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.

“We booked appointments last week and learned very quickly the level of frustration people were experiencing trying to be first online to get an appointment when we had so few vaccines available in Nassau County. The first day we had 100 vaccine appointments available. They were booked in the first three minutes. The next day we had 400 vaccine appointments available. They were booked in one minute. We have developed a system to allow residents to add their name to a waitlist that does not require them to click their browser multiple times at a very specific time to try to get an appointment,” Foster explained.

Residents will have Friday, Jan. 15 through next Tuesday, Jan. 19 to register an individual’s name on the waitlist.

Foster said residents can take their time and 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.

Vaccination appointments booked last week are being administered this week as scheduled. However, no additional appointments were made this week because Nassau County did not receive additional vaccine allotments.

The county’s health department will explain to those receiving shots how and when they will receive their second shot.

According to Foster, supplies are expected to increase over the next couple of weeks but may still be in limited allotments.

The state Department of Health already started delivering vaccines to front-line medical staff and other health care personnel in Nassau County, according to emergency management officials.

Once vaccine is available in Nassau County, probably next week according to the Florida Department of Emergency Management, 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. Foster said residents can begin adding their names to the waitlist anytime after 9 a.m. Friday.

Flagler County

The county received its first allotment of the vaccine Monday, Dec. 28. The initial shipment was earmarked for health care providers.

Health care professionals who don’t work directly for a hospital or long-term care facility could receive the vaccination Saturday, Jan. 2, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Flagler County Fairgrounds. Proof of ID was required.

The Florida Department of Health in Flagler County and Flagler County Emergency Management on Monday, Jan. 4, announced plans to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine to people age 65 and older.

According to Health Officer Robert Snyder, vaccinations were available for seniors beginning Tuesday, Jan. 5.

Appointments are required and will be limited by the number of available doses. Seniors could make appointments online after 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 4, by visiting www.flaglercounty.org and clicking on the COVID-19 link. Those without internet access could call 386-313-4200. According to the county, all appointments were booked up in 10 minutes.

The county said the best way to receive updates about COVID-19 vaccination appointment availability and testing is to text “FlaglerCOVID” to 888-777.

Once you have an appointment, the vaccination will take place at the Flagler County Fairgrounds at 150 Sawgrass Road in Bunnell. Drivers are asked to arrive no earlier than 15 minutes before the scheduled appointment, follow the prompts provided on-site and remain in their vehicles unless asked to leave them by staff.

Health care workers and anyone age 65 and older could register for an appointment and will need to make another appointment 28 days later to receive their second round of the Moderna vaccine.

The governor announced also announced on Wednesday, Jan. 13, that the state’s partnership with Publix was expanding to include four stores in Flagler County. Online appointments were needed for shots set to begin on Thursday, Jan. 14. On the evening of Wednesday, Jan. 13, Publix posted on Facebook: “All available COVID-19 vaccine appointments at Publix Pharmacy Florida locations have been claimed. Additional appointments will be announced as we receive more inventory. Check www.publix.com/covid-vaccine for the latest information.”

Putnam County

Due to an overwhelming demand for the COVID-19 vaccine in Putnam County, over 9,000 eligible citizens have registered to receive their first shot.

Vaccinations are being given to first responders, health care workers and those age 65 and older.

Unfortunately, due to a short supply of the vaccine being available to Putnam County, health officials are asking those who have registered to please exercise patience and understand that the county is moving as quickly as it can.

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 Wednesday, Jan. 20 and Thursday, Jan. 21, county health officials will be providing 600 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to those who have already registered. This remains a fluid process, and the county asks for everyone to exercise patience and understanding as they work on this project together.

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. The office will be closed on Monday, Jan. 18 in observation of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

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.

Baker County

FDOH-Baker will stop COVID testing this week to focus on vaccinations, the Baker County Press reports.

A statement on Thursday 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.”

The Florida Department of Health in Baker County will begin COVID-19 vaccinations for residents over the age of 65, the agency said Wednesday, Dec. 30.

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.

On Monday, Jan. 4, Wednesday, Jan. 6, and Friday, Jan. 8, the vaccine will be available by appointment to elderly residents and any first responders and health care workers who have yet to get theirs.

Beginning on Monday, Jan. 4, residents ages 65 and older 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 will begin Tuesday, Jan. 5, health officials announced Thursday, Dec. 31.

The Florida Department of Health in Bradford and Union counties will administer the vaccines 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.

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.

More information

Coastal Health

The Coastal Health District sent a notice Friday that the response from seniors has been overwhelming.

“We need a combination of vaccine supply and the involvement of our larger health care community in order to vaccinate our population quickly and efficiently,” the district said in a release. “Several local pharmacies have begun vaccinating, and some larger pharmacies like Kroger and Publix are ramping up, too. Some private physicians’ offices are now vaccinating their patients, and more expect to do so soon. Your health community is rallying, but we still need your patience.”

The health district shared several sites to follow as the vaccine distribution program expands: