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Volusia County seniors can receive COVID-19 vaccine during two-day event, appointments required

Many seniors continue to wait for vaccine opportunity

A woman holds the empty container of the first used Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine used in The Netherlands at a mass vaccination center in Veghel, Wednesday Jan. 6, 2021. Nearly two weeks after most other European Union nations, the Netherlands on Wednesday began its COVID-19 vaccination program, with care home staff and frontline workers in hospitals first in line for the shot. (Piroschka van de Wouw/Pool via AP)
A woman holds the empty container of the first used Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine used in The Netherlands at a mass vaccination center in Veghel, Wednesday Jan. 6, 2021. Nearly two weeks after most other European Union nations, the Netherlands on Wednesday began its COVID-19 vaccination program, with care home staff and frontline workers in hospitals first in line for the shot. (Piroschka van de Wouw/Pool via AP) (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

DELTONA, Fla. – Volusia County leaders have partnered with the county’s Florida Department of Health to host a two-day drive-up vaccination event in Deltona.

People 65 and older will be able to get a shot of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine Thursday and Friday at Dewey O. Boster Sports Complex.

Vaccinations will be administered from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., appointments are required and have already been filled.

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All appointment slots were filled 15 minutes after the site opened for registration Tuesday.

Guy Farley and his wife are like many seniors in Volusia County still waiting for their chance to get the covid-19 vaccine.

“Most people are like us. They want to be able to get out and do things that they normally do,” said Farley. “We need more doses; I think everybody needs more doses right now.”

The new appointment system at Dewey O. Boster Park is different from when it was first come first serve at the Daytona stadium earlier this week, and cars were lined up alongside this busy road hours before.

Volusia county leaders admit it could have been done a lot better and they’re apologizing for the inconvenience.

“What happened in Daytona Beach is not acceptable,” said Volusia County council chair Jeff Brower.

Patricia Boswell from the Volusia County Health Department said, “I do apologize for anyone who was impacted in a negative way.”

Right now, as the county waits to get more doses from the state, leaders are eyeing more vaccine sites and working to make it more convenient.

“We have plans in place to get the vaccine out in a way that is easy for our senior citizens both online and bout by phone,” said Brower.

Volusia leaders are asking residents for patience. No word now on when the next shipments will arrive in Volusia county, but you can find out the latest at https://www.volusia.org/


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