Orange County leaders want 50% vaccination rate before easing mask mandate

Mayor Jerry Demings said mask mandate could be relaxed by late summer

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings said he wants to see 50 percent of people in the county vaccinated before there are any thoughts on relaxing the mask mandate.

More than 481,000 people have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in Orange County and more than 290,000 people have completed their vaccine series, according to the Florida Department of Health.

The mayor wants to see more people sign up for a vaccine appointment.

“[The goal] is to get the shots in as many arms as we possibly can,” Demings said.

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Demings said 29.73% of Orange County residents have received at least one dose of the vaccine and he said 53.5% of people 40 and older have received at least one shot.

The herd immunity goal is about 80% of the county population to be vaccinated.

Demings said he will work with the department of health to work on a phasing plan for mask mandates.

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