Latest round of vaccine appointments in St. Johns County fill up in about an hour

FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, file photo, a Walgreens pharmacist prepares a syringe with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for residents and staff at the The Palace assisted living facility in Coral Gables, Fla. Scientists are reporting troubling signs that some recent mutations of the virus that causes COVID-19 may modestly curb the effectiveness of current vaccines but stress that the shots still remain protective. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File) (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. – St. Johns County received an allotment of 1,950 Pfizer vaccines from the State of Florida this week and appointments filled up just over an hour after they were opened Thursday morning.

The vaccines are being given to Florida seniors age 65 and older and frontline health care workers.

Registration opened at 9 a.m. on Thursday for vaccination appointments on Jan. 22, 25 and 27. All appointments were filled by 10:11 a.m., according to a text alert from the county

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.

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.

For updates regarding St. Johns County’s COVID-19 vaccination program, visit www.sjcfl.us/coronavirusvaccinations or text SJCVACCINE to 888777.

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