News briefs for Jan. 28-Feb. 3


State surgeon general announces residency requirement for COVID-19 vaccinations

The Florida state surgeon general issued a public health advisory on Jan. 21, that prioritizes Florida residents for COVID-19 vaccinations. As a result, to receive the COVID-19 vaccination from St. Johns County, recipients must be able to demonstrate Florida residency, as defined in Florida Statute 381.986(5)(b), or be an individual present in Florida for the purpose of providing health care with direct patient contact. In addition, you must have an appointment, and be 65 years of age or older or a healthcare worker with direct patient contact. Residents receiving the COVID-19 vaccination must bring a valid Florida driver license or state ID. Individuals with an out-of-state ID should provide proof of residency or semi-permanent residency with the following:

■ A deed, mortgage, monthly mortgage statement, or residential rental or lease agreement

■ A utility bill or a utility hookup/work order dated within 60 days before the date of the vaccination appointment

■ Mail from a financial institution or federal, state, county, municipal government agency, not more than two months old

 Nonresidents currently residing in Florida with the purpose of providing health care with direct patient contact must provide proof of employment. Out-of-state individuals who received the vaccine through the St. Johns County Vaccination Program prior to Jan. 28, will have their second dose appointment honored. For more information, call the St. Johns County COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline at (904) 295-3711 or go to

Frank Butler Park East temporarily closed for park improvements

Frank Butler Park East, including the beach walkover, horseback riding beach access and the parking lot, will be closed for improvements beginning Feb. 1. Phase one improvements will include additional parking spaces, parking lot surface improvements, beach walkover improvements and new landscaping. The park and all beach access is scheduled to reopen in March. Phase two of the project, scheduled for a date to be confirmed, will include renovating the bathrooms, adding ADA parking spaces and constructing sidewalks.


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