The Clay County Emergency Management has collaborated with the county’s health department to administer a few doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to a select few. However, most vaccinations have begun on the 4th of January, 2021, which was a Monday. By early Wednesday morning the previous week, the first round of appointments for the initial allocation of the vaccine in the county was already filled. They then announced the county would open appointments for four extra days at 10 AM on Wednesday, but within an hour later, all positions were filled once again.
According to the Clay County Emergency Management Director John Ward, the biggest confusion that people faced the other night was because of the limited amount of appointments that were made available. They opened up the site on Tuesday morning and were open seven days, because they did 224 vaccines per day, and so they opened up a certain amount of days and got literally filled up in three hours. Then they opened up the rest on Wednesday morning which filled up in 55 minutes for the rest of the 3,000 vaccines.
The first shipment of Clay County’s Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on the 23rd of December 2020 and the county will begin phase one vaccinations on the following priority groups first.
- Residents 65 and older
- Health care workers
Appointments are definitely required, but the Florida Department of Health representatives have ensured that people from Florida do not have to be residents of Clay County to make an appointment to receive the vaccine there. Tuesday saw the opening of appointments, with the distribution starting on Monday, continuing from 9 AM to 4 PM Monday through Friday at the UF/IFAS Extension Clay County Godbold Building west of Green Cove Springs at the Fairgrounds, 2463 State Road 16. Those with appointments have to wear a mask and their ID compulsorily.
When a couple on-site was asked whether the process has been confusing, they replied that unless you were not a resident of Clay County, visitors might find it challenging to find the building, but other than that the process was relatively simple.
Mr John Ward said they were scheduled to administer their 3,000 shots until the 20th of January 2021. He stated that they are not compiling a waiting list as of yet because it is still debatable when Clay County will receive its second allotment of the Moderna vaccine.
Some residents of separate living facilities such as Moosehaven in Orange Park and emergency medical service workers received the vaccine on Wednesday at the fairgrounds, but the main rollout is on Monday. Long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes are being handled independently on a federal contract basis.