St. Johns County receives third vaccine allotment

Registration opens Thursday, Jan. 14

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St. Johns County has received an allotment of 500 COVID-19 vaccines from the state. Registration will open at 9 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, for appointments beginning the next day.

To schedule an appointment, eligible residents must go to https://tinyurl.com/y52tcoaz. Those who are unable to make an appointment on the website can call the St. Johns County COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline at 904-295-3711 – all 10 digits must be dialed.

Vaccinations will be made at the Solomon Calhoun Community Center, 1300 Duval St., St. Augustine.

Further appointments will be opened as the county receives additional vaccines.

Vaccines are currently reserved to those who fall within four categories: healthcare personnel with direct patient contact, long-term care facility residents and staff, people over 65 years of age and those deemed by hospital providers to be extremely vulnerable to COVID-19. Eligible people must make an appointment to receive vaccinations.

Those who do not fall within those categories will be eligible for vaccination upon authorization of federal and state officials.

For further information, call the hotline, text SJCVACCINE to 888777 or go to sjcfl.us/coronavirusvaccinations.

The county is also in the process of contacting those who have received their initial vaccination from the Department of Health so that they may schedule a second-dose appointment. Anyone who has received the initial dose and provided contact information to the county should receive a phone call to make this second appointment. Second doses will be administered by appointment on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

The county has issued a statement saying that its COVID-19 Eventbrite vaccination registration system does not require credit card payment information. Residents who encounter a website requiring payment information to book an appointment should know that it is not the county’s official registration page.

This latest allotment is the third received by St. Johns County. The first allotment of 3,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine arrived on Dec. 28, but appointment slots quickly filled up. A second allotment of 800 doses was received Jan. 4, and online registration for appointments began Jan. 7. All appointments were filled that same day.

Wednesday, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that a limited number of vaccines are also being offered at 14 participating Publix pharmacies in St. Johns County. All of these vaccinations are by appointment only. Appointments can be made at www.publix.com/covidvaccine while vaccines are available.

The county is accepting applications for medical, labor and clerical volunteers who want to assist with its vaccination program. Volunteers may be assigned to intake patient information, provide warehouse and equipment support or receive and answer resident calls made to the hotline. Qualified medical personnel may be assigned to administer vaccinations. To register, go to https://tinyurl.com/SJCcovid19volunteer.

As of Jan. 11, 15,700 total cases – 129 fatal – have been reported in St. Johns County. In the St. Johns County portion of the 32081 ZIP code, 1,170 cases have been reported. In the 32082 ZIP code, 1,967 cases have been reported.

In St. Johns County public schools, 28 employees and 185 students tested positive on Tuesday, Jan. 12. The highest number of cases were at Bartram Trail High School (33) and Ponte Vedra High School (17).

There are 44,175 students and 5,298 employees in St. Johns County schools. The school district reports COVID-19 cases on a daily basis, but a running total of specific individual cases is not available.

On Monday, Jan. 11, the state of Florida saw 14,602 new cases, bringing the total to 1,503,482. There have been 23,585 deaths.

As of Wednesday, Jan. 13, there have been 22,860,032 cases in the United States, 381,130 of them fatal. Globally, there have been 91,771,125 cases, 1,966,082 fatal.

The United States has had the highest number of cases, but it falls to 11th place when adjusted for population. Florida has had the third highest number of cases among the states, but it falls to 28th place when adjusted for population.

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