Weather stymies some Central Florida vaccination sites as state sees 5,666 new COVID-19 cases

Some vaccination events canceled; Orlando FEMA site temporarily halts operations

Rain temporarily closed the FEMA-backed vaccine site at Valencia College West Campus in Orlando Tuesday
Rain temporarily closed the FEMA-backed vaccine site at Valencia College West Campus in Orlando Tuesday (Copyright 2021 by WKMG ClickOrlando - All rights reserved.)

ORLANDO, Fla. – Heavy rains Tuesday morning put a damper on some Central Florida vaccination efforts.

A vaccination event planned for Tuesday at Parkwood Plaza in Orlando was canceled because of the weather. Orlando Commissioner Regina Hill made the announcement in a release Monday afternoon.

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Meanwhile, the FEMA-backed vaccine site at Valencia College West Campus in Orlando temporarily halted operations until conditions improved later Tuesday morning then suspended them again later in the day. This comes the same day the walk-up vaccine site started offering first doses of the Pfizer vaccine again, while use of the Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine is still on pause.

Experts at the European Medicines Agency are preparing Tuesday to present the conclusions of their investigation into possible links between the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine and very rare cases of unusual clotting disorders detected in the U.S.

Last week, J&J halted its European rollout of its one-dose vaccine after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommended officials pause its use while the rare blood clot cases are examined. Officials identified six cases of highly unusual blood clots among nearly 7 million people who were immunized with the shot in the U.S.

U.S. regulators are expected to offer their conclusions later this week.

At the same time, Orange County leaders announced that there were still plenty of vaccine appointments available at the Orange County Convention Center. The county offered 17,000 appointments for this week, and 11,000 appointments were still available as of 5 p.m. Monday.


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