Sorting out confusion at senior centers after first dose vaccines run out

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – After demand for vaccines at Jacksonville’s two senior center sites increased sharply Thursday afternoon, Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry announced Thursday evening that the city’s supply for first doses had been exhausted.

But a line of frustrated seniors outside the Mandarin Senior Center on Friday morning said they didn’t get the updated message.

Many held a printed press release from the city that had gone out earlier in the day Thursday, saying the site would be open for first doses until 6 p.m. Friday.

But after sending that release, which included dropping the birth month requirement for vaccines on Thursday, the city learned later in the day that demand had spiked at the senior centers and all the first doses available from the city’s allotment had been given out.

The mayor Tweeted the updated information, which was reported by local media outlets, but the seniors who showed up Friday morning say they never saw the new information and were frustrated and disappointed.

Tina Alves couldn’t get vaccinated Friday.

“This is ridiculous. I’ve been trying to get mine for two weeks,” said Tina Alves. “My husband got his vaccine yesterday and they told him I could come today. They are telling me they don’t have any vaccine -- that they got shut down yesterday. This is like a game. This is not good. This place is not working.”

The city acknowledged that an updated press release was not sent out through the same email list chain Thursday, although the media were given the updated information to report. The city did send the release via email on Friday.

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