ORLANDO, Fla. – The Central Florida community will only have a couple more days to receive the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine at the Valencia College’s West Campus FEMA-backed site.
Tuesday will be the last day the vaccination site will administer first doses as it is scheduled to close on May 26. Once the site stops offering first doses, it will still continue offering second doses of the Pfizer vaccine along with the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Last Sunday, the site resumed its use of the J&J vaccine last weekend after an 11-day pause was lifted by U.S. health officials. The vaccine was under investigation after several women developed rare but dangerous blood clots after receiving the shot.
Starting Monday, the Orange County Convention Center will also move to only offering second doses as operations wind down. The site is set to close at the end of May. The county is shifting its strategy to have more vaccine sites to reach more of the community.
So far, tens of thousands of Orange County residents have skipped out on their second dose, according to the health officer for the Florida Department of Health in Orange County. Dr. Raul Pino said Thursday many are overdue on their vaccine and do not have the full protection needed.
“Please complete your series,” Pino said. “Although you acquire some level of protection when you have just one of dose, we are not sure how long that will last, or how high. Your best chances to get full immunity, it is by having your second dose of Moderna or Pfizer.”
The UCF Lake Nona Medical Center will be offering first doses of the Moderna vaccine this week. The medical center, which opened in March, will be offering vaccines to the Lake Nona community Tuesday, May 4, and Wednesday, May 5.
[READ YESTERDAY’S REPORT: Florida reports 5,425 new COVID-19 cases as first doses wrap up at Orange County Convention Center ]
Find the state-run COVID-19 dashboard below:
Below is a breakdown of Florida COVID-19 data reported by the state on May 2.
The Florida Department of Health reported 3,916 new cases on Sunday, bringing the state’s overall total to 2,242,778 cases since the virus was first detected on March 1, 2020.
Florida reported 31 new virus-related deaths Sunday, bringing the death toll to 35,968. This number included the 700 non-residents who died in Florida.
As of Sunday afternoon, there were currently 3,076 people with the virus hospitalized in Florida, according to the state Agency for Health Care Administration.
Since last March, 90,823 people have been hospitalized in Florida after complications from COVID-19. That number includes the 77 new patients who have been recently hospitalized due to the virus, according to the health department’s daily report released on Sunday.
The percent of positive results was 5.87% Saturday out of 66,674 tests. The numbers reported daily by the state reflect test results from the day prior. Health officials say the rate should remain between 5% and 10% to prove a community has a hold of the virus and is curbing infections.
The Florida Department of Health began releasing a daily report in December 2020 on COVID-19 vaccines administered throughout the state.
FDOH reports 6,328,296 people are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. These individuals either received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine or completed a two-shot series.
As of Sunday, 8,893,992 people have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine.
Below is the Central Florida region breakdown of new cases, deaths and hospitalizations for Sunday.
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