Operations at two senior centers will transition from COVID-19 testing to vaccine distribution starting Monday, Jan. 11. The vaccination sites at Mandarin Senior Center (3848 Hartley Road – 32257) and Lane Wiley Senior Center (6710 Wiley Road – 32210) will run Monday – Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. In accordance with State priorities, at this time the vaccine will only be available to Duval County residents who are 65 years of age or older, frontline medical workers or first responders.
“Since the beginning of the pandemic, the City has been committed to providing the information, support and access to resources citizens need to manage their health while medical experts work toward understanding and eliminating COVID-19,” said Mayor Lenny Curry. “With the establishment of two additional vaccination sites, we are taking a promising step toward the eradication of this virus and continuing our commitment to the Jacksonville community.”
All patients must provide a photo ID that shows their birthdate and proves Duval County residency; first responders and healthcare workers should also bring a work badge. While an appointment is not necessary to receive the vaccine (first come, first served), to avoid large crowds, eligible residents should only visit a vaccination site on the day associated with their birth month. The schedule is as follows:
- Monday – January and February
- Tuesday – March and April
- Wednesday – May and June
- Thursday – July and August
- Friday – September and October
- Saturday – November and December
Nearly 1,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine will be available each day between the sites — Mandarin will provide 500 vaccines a day, while up to 475 vaccines will be distributed at Lane Wiley. When the daily supply has been depleted, remaining patients will have the option to return on their assigned day the following week or make an appointment with the Florida Department of Health for the Prime Osborn vaccination location.
After receiving the vaccine, patients must stay on site for at least 15 minutes to be monitored for potential reactions by healthcare and emergency professionals. Based on medical history, some individuals may be required to wait 30 minutes. While allergic reactions to the COVID-19 vaccine are rare, this safety measure is in place out of an abundance of caution. Patients will be able to opt in to receive email and text reminders about their second dose.
To promote a safe and organized vaccination process, patients must adhere to the following guidelines:
- A mask must be worn at all times
- Physical distancing requirements must be followed at all times
- Individuals who are feeling sick should not go to a vaccination site
- Patients should be in line no earlier than 10 a.m. and no later than 6 p.m.
- Only caretakers may accompany patients who require assistance to a vaccination site
- Patients must park in the designated parking areas; patients cannot be dropped off at the line
- Parking and waiting in line overnight will not be permitted
- Patients should follow traffic patterns to the sites and instructions from traffic monitors (maps of the routes are available at JaxReady.com/Virus)
Patients should print and bring a completed DOH Vaccine Screening and Consent Form to the vaccination site. The form is available at COJ.net/CovidVaccineForm
Because the situation continues to be fluid, any adjustments to the process will be shared through the City’s communications outlets. For assistance, citizens may call 630-CITY (2489) to be connected to a customer care representative.