Second doses begin for qualifying people with an appointment in St. Johns County

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – St. Johns County Officials began administering second dose COVID-19 vaccines at the Solomon Calhoun Community Center Tuesday.

Residents who received their first shot at the health department should note the location change for the follow-up shot. The Solomon Calhoun Community Center is at 1300 Duval Street.

The vaccines are administered by appointment only and are limited to people 65 and older or healthcare workers.

About 600 seniors are feeling a sense of relief after they got their second and final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday. The second dose is critical because it completes the vaccination process.

“I feel like I can go out in public,” said Ricci Christopher.

Life for one couple hasn’t been the same since COVID-19 was confirmed in the country last year.

“Basically we have been living inside since march the only times we go out is to a grocery store doctor clinics and walk the dog,” said Paul Stanley Brinkerhoff.

Now the couple can feel a little sense of freedom again, but they will still practice social distancing and wearing a mask.

The site will be open six days a week — Monday, Wednesday and Friday for first doses and Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday for second doses.

For more information on St. Johns County’s COVID-19 vaccination program, please 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.

In addition to the county’s vaccination program, first-doses are available by appointment at any one of St. Johns County’s 14 Publix locations.

The window to make appointments for first-doses at Publix is open again on Wednesday at 6 a.m.

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