Health leaders bring vaccines to Orange County communities

Event one of many to bring vaccines to various neighborhoods

Orange County health leaders held a vaccine event at the Starlight Ranch community.
Orange County health leaders held a vaccine event at the Starlight Ranch community.

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Dorothy Hobbs, 72, and her husband Sam are relieved now that they received the coronavirus vaccine.

The couple, who lives at the Starlight Ranch community in Orange County, didn’t have to go far from their home to get the shot since health leaders held a vaccine event on location Wednesday.

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“I just figured I was in for a death sentence because we didn’t have a computer, we couldn’t get an appointment, we didn’t have a ride we had to take a taxi, so this was really great,” Hobbs said.

The vaccine event wasn’t just for seniors but for adults who haven’t gotten the chance to get the shot.

“It was not only the residents, but if their families needed it and also the park employees. Starlight Ranch has been terrific,” said James Irvine, Starlight Ranch HOA president.

The opportunity also comes as the county continues to work on bringing vaccines to different neighborhoods now that demand has dropped at the Orange County Convention Center.

Initially, the county said the final first doses would be handed out in the middle of next week, but they now say that will happen on Saturday, May 1, instead. The site is set to close by the end of May.

Orange County is set to open a mobile site on Thursday, April 29, at Goldenrod Recreation Center in Winter Park.


About the Author:

Ezzy Castro is a multimedia journalist on News 6's morning team who has a passion for telling the stories of the people in the Central Florida community. Ezzy worked at WFOR CBS4 in South Florida and KBMT in Beaumont, Texas, where she covered Hurricane Harvey in 2017. Being from Miami, Ezzy loves Cuban coffee and croquetas!