VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – Vaccine rollouts continue to expand in Central Florida as coronavirus cases increase in the state.
Volusia County officials announced they are ready to accept vaccine appointments online beginning at 9 a.m. on Wednesday.
Kate Sark, Volusia County spokeswoman said those lucky enough to get an appointment will get a shot in the arm at the Volusia County fairgrounds at 9 a.m. on Thursday.
“We actually have 500 vaccines available so there are 500 appointments,” Sark said.
Sark said people 65 and older seeking an appointment must register online through Eventbrite, and the best way to find that link is to go to volusia.org/coronavirus.
“Right now our events are appointment only, you do need to have a registration, we’re working with the Florida Department of Health and as they receive vaccines we’ll continue to schedule events,” Sark said.
On Tuesday, Gov. Ron DeSantis made a stop in the Villages to address vaccine expansion at a new vaccination site.
“This site here is going to be able to handle between 800-1000 vaccines a day,” Gov. DeSantis said.
On the same day, Lake county was slammed with demand as appointments filled up within minutes of availability. However, Lake County leaders said the Clermont Arts and Recreation Center vaccination site and the site at St. Patrick’s church in Mount Dora continue to accept first come first serve seniors. Lake County reported the Clermont location vaccinated 1,456 individuals and the Mount Dora location administered 678 doses.
Sark said health officials anticipate appointments will go quickly.
“We know that everyone is very eager and we are doing all we can to get those vaccines out as quickly as they are received,” Sark said.