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Regency vaccine site opens for 2nd dose shots without appointments

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Most government offices were closed for President’s Day, but the state-run COVID-19 vaccination site at the Regency Square Mall was open for both first and second doses.

If you’re due for a second shot, but haven’t been scheduled yet or missed your second dose appointment, the state of Florida announced you can get it at the Regency site. Here’s what you need to know:

  • If you received your first shot at Regency between Jan. 20 and 25, you can return there for the second dose any day from 3 to 4:30 p.m. No appointment is necessary.
  • You’ll need to bring your CDC card from when you got your first dose and your identification.

“I feel great. Everything’s moving along. They are well organized,” said Alan Longenecker, who got the second shot Monday at the Regency site.

Ron Broom, who also got the second shot Monday at that site, said: “They got it running smooth like Chick-fil-A in there.”

The state has been calling people back to schedule second doses since earlier this month.

If you haven’t gotten that call yet, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says, don’t worry. New guidelines say you can still get your second dose up to six weeks after your first and it will still be effective.

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On Sunday, according to the Florida Association of Public Information Officers, 1,006 first dose vaccinations and 1,124 second dose vaccinations were administered at the Regency site.

Makeup days will be available later this week for people age 65 and older and health care workers who received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at either Mandarin or Lane Wiley senior centers and missed their appointment for their second shot.

The two sites closed on Friday, but those who missed their second dose appointments can return without appointments to the location where their first injection was administered between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on the day assigned to their vaccination site:

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  • Mandarin Senior Center: Thursday, Feb. 18.
  • Lane Wiley Senior Center: Friday, Feb. 19.

You should also bring identification and the shot record card that was provided at your first visit.

Meanwhile, there have been concerns after at least one case of the COVID-19 variant first detected in the United Kingdom was found in Jacksonville.

On Monday, News4Jax checked with the five major hospitals in the area, all of which said they do not test for the variant and couldn’t say whether they are treating anyone with it.


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