Orange County begins new vaccine strategy as state reports 1,656 new COVID-19 cases

Florida sees increase in new cases, hospitalizations

ORLANDO, Fla. – Orange County began its new vaccination strategy on Monday, opening a vaccination site at Barber Park.

Officials said 1,000 doses a day of the Pfizer vaccine will be given away each day for five days, 9 a.m to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Appointments for the site can be made at

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This new strategy comes as the county looks to end the use of the Orange County Convention Center as a mass vaccination site. The convention center is offering its last first doses of the Pfizer vaccine on May 5 and, 21 days later, will close on May 26, moving out of the North Concourse just in time for returning conventions and shows to move back in.

At the same time, Florida is seeing a rise in new cases of COVID-19. The state reported 42,092 new cases last week, which is about an 11% increase over the previous week — when Florida had 37,864 new cases of the disease.

New hospitalizations from the virus also increased with 1,221 last week compared to 1,104 the week before. However, despite those increases, the number of new deaths from COVID-19 saw a significant drop. According to the state, 357 new deaths were reported last week. That’s a nearly 30% decrease from the previous week when 509 new deaths were reported.

[READ YESTERDAY’S REPORT: Florida sees 5,558 new COVID-19 cases as state prepares for another week of vaccinations ]

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