After ‘soft launch’ Friday, second vaccine doses start Monday at 2 city-run sites

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – City staff is gearing up to give a second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to 12,000 people who received their first shot at one of Jacksonville’s senior citizen centers.

A few hundred people received their second shot Friday at either the Lane Wiley or the Mandarin senior center in which Mayor Lenny Curry called a soft launch.

“(We) identified people to do a soft launch, which is smart because, again, we are all new at this. What we’ve demonstrated at the city level, whether it be distributing stimulus checks, whether it be testing and now -- vaccine,” Curry said.

The two sites stopped giving first doses of the vaccine one week ago after the city’s supply ran out. The city held onto enough supply to give those who received their first shot a second dose at the same location, starting Monday.

“These are for the city sites only and only available to those who received their first dose at one of these locations,” Curry said.

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Those who already had first doses at these sites are asked to bring identification and the shot record card they were given when they received their first shot.

To save time, the city also asks those who are getting their second dose to bring a completed COVID-19 vaccination screening and consent form which can be found here. Printed forms will be available at the centers, as well.

Here’s a breakdown of how the scheduling will work:

If your last name begins with A, B, C, or D, come to the site between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m.

If your last name begins with E, F, G, or H, come to the site between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.

If your last name begins with I, J, K, or L, come to the site between 11 a.m. and 12 p.m.

If your last name begins with M, N, O, or P, come to the site between 12 p.m. and 1 p.m.

If your last name begins with Q, R, S, or T, come to the site between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.

If your last name begins with U, V, or W, come to the site between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.

If your last name begins with X, Y, or Z come to the site between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Those who can’t come at their designated time are asked to come to the site between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. The sites will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Patients will get a reminder phone call the day before their second dose is due.

The city said the second doses will be administered until Feb. 12.

First doses of the coronavirus vaccine are only being administered at the state-run site at the Regency Square Mall.

Curry said the city could reopen the sites for first doses again when more supply becomes available.

“It’s easy to be frustrated, the situation is what it is right now,” Curry said. “A very large organized effort that has to happen all over the United States to all of the states and all the cities and counties. So my goal is to build relationships and work with people, to get the vaccine to the people of Jacksonville as quickly as we can.”


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