Barnett Park testing site to stay open, adding vaccine lane

Testing extended through May 30

Orange County has once again extended the COVID-19 testing efforts at its Barnett Park site.

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Orange County has once again extended the COVID-19 testing efforts at its Barnett Park site.

Mayor Jerry Demings announced Thursday that the testing location will now stay open through the end of May. The site was previously extended through the end of April.

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In addition to the extension for COVID-19 testing, the mayor said Barnett Park is also adding a drive-thru vaccination lane starting on Saturday.

The vaccination site will operate seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. No appointment is needed and 750 doses of the Pfizer vaccine will be offered each day.

Anyone 16 and older can get vaccinated at the Barnett Park site, but those under the age of 18 will need a parent or guardian to get the shot.

For more information on the drive-thru vaccine site, click here.

Beginning Tuesday, four more fixed sites within the community will also be offering up to 1,000 Pfizer doses today. No appointment is needed and the sites will be available to all residents. The locations are:

“We are moving into another stage of the process,” said Kent Donahue, spokesperson for the Department of Health in Orange County. “It’s part of the transition. As you know, our teams are doing outreach into the community. We want to encourage everyone to get vaccinated because we want to reach community immunity.”

As of Thursday, 43.66% of Orange County’s population who are 16 or older have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. The county will move to phase two of its plan to roll back its mask mandate when at least 50% of that population has received at least one dose of a vaccine.

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