St. Johns County receives second shipment of COVID-19 vaccines

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St. Johns County received a second allotment of 800 COVID-19 vaccines on Monday, Jan. 4. Online registration to make a vaccination appointment will begin at 9 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 7.

The earliest appointments will be for Friday, Jan. 8. To make an appointment, go to the link provided on the website for the state Department of Health in St. Johns County. Go to sjcfl.us and click on the COVID-19 vaccination link to learn more.

The inoculations will be given at the Solomon Calhoun Community Center, 1300 Duval St., St. Augustine. Once an appointment is made, the vaccine recipient will receive the first dose on a Monday, Wednesday or Friday. The second dose will be administered Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

In accordance with an executive order signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis in December, only those falling into one of four categories may receive the vaccine at this time.

Those categories are: healthcare personnel with direct patient contact, long-term care facility residents and staff, people 65 years of age and older and people deemed by hospital providers to be extremely vulnerable to COVID-19.

The county received its first allotment of 3,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine on Dec. 28, but appointment slots quickly filled up. The only doses being administered prior to Friday will be given to those on a waiting list.

Should the second round of appointments also be filled, additional appointments will become available when the county receives more vaccines.

For updates regarding the county's COVID-19 vaccination program, go to www.sjcfl.us/coronavirusvaccinations or text SJCVACCINE to 888777.

For further information or assistance with registration, residents can call the county’s vaccination hotline at 904-295-3711. Callers must dial all 10 digits.

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