Two vaccination centers run by the Federal Emergency Management Agency opened Sunday morning in Duval County.
Satellite sites moved from Westside and Northwest Jacksonville to Carver Center on 5th Avenue South in Jacksonville Beach and Oceanway Center on Sago Avenue West in Northside.
According to FEMA, the sites will open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for 10 days, until March 23. The sites will offer the Pfizer vaccine and up to 500 injections per day can be given at each site.
Drop-in sites do not require an appointment, and immunizations will be administered on a first-come, first-served basis.
Kelsy Adams, who works in higher education, waited in her car for the site to open at the Carver Center. She and a friend traveled about two hours from Gainesville to get vaccinated.
“Everything is full, yes. It’s just … the medical center and everything, you just can’t get in, there are people who have higher priority, ”Adams said. “So let’s try [the Jacksonville Beach site]. Nothing more, we go to each one to find some food and we drive back. “
An hour before the site at the Carver Center opened, the line began to grow and engulfed the building.
People who live on the beaches said it’s all about accessibility.
“It’s a relief. We’ve all been waiting, so it’s good,” Jacksonville Beach resident Liz Root said. “I still want us to be cautious until most of us are vaccinated. I just don’t want it to be a pitched battle.”
“We need him to be available to everyone so that we can get back to doing what we need to do,” said Burl White, a Ponte Vedra Beach resident.
There was no queue at the Oceanway Center site Sunday morning when News4Jax pulled up.
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The two original satellite sites at the Normandy Community Center and the Hammond Senior Center will return for second-dose injections.
FEMA opened the two satellite sites along with the federally supported vaccination clinic at the Gateway Mall in Northside. The Norwood Avenue site is open 7 am to 7 pm seven days a week and can administer 3,000 vaccinations per day. Johnson & Johnson vaccine is offered at the Gateway Mall site, not at the Carver and Oceanway Center sites.
As of Monday, the age for people to qualify for vaccinations is lowered to 60 at all Florida sites.
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