ORLANDO, Fla. – Central Florida leaders are putting a focus on increasing vaccination rates among the younger population.
On Sunday, a mobile vaccine site at Lake Eola offered Johnson & Johnson vaccines to people at the Orlando Farmers Market. The Florida Division of Emergency Management said 140 vaccines were administered.
Another mobile vaccine site was set up Friday at The Beacham on Orange Avenue, a bar in downtown Orlando. That event saw 40 people get vaccinated, according to the state.
More mobile vaccine events are planned to continue this week at Camping World Stadium Tuesday and Monday’s Latin grocer El Presidente Supermarket hosted a pop-up event.
In Orange County, it’s mostly people in their 20s and 30s testing positive for COVID-19, according to officials.
Orange County health officer Dr. Raul Pino said people in their 20s and 30s could keep the virus circulating.
The Beacham will continue reaching out to the younger crowd, making the vaccine available every Monday night.
Brevard County leaders are also looking to get younger people vaccinated. The county offered a “High School Day” vaccination event Saturday for students 16 and older who were interested in getting the vaccine.
Of course, the vaccine is also being made available in more traditional health care settings. First doses of the Moderna vaccine will be offered to the community at the UCF Lake Nona Medical Center this week.
The medical center, which opened in March, will be offering vaccines to the Lake Nona community on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Officials with the medical center said it will also offer vaccines to those in Orange and Osceola counties who are 18 years or older.
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Below is a breakdown of Florida COVID-19 data reported by the state on May 3.
The Florida Department of Health reported 3,155 new cases on Monday, bringing the state’s overall total to 2,245,853 cases since the virus was first detected on March 1, 2020.
Florida reported 41 new virus-related deaths Monday, bringing the death toll to 36,009. This number included the 702 non-residents who died in Florida.
As of Monday afternoon, there were currently 3,112 people with the virus hospitalized in Florida, according to the state Agency for Health Care Administration.
Since last March, 90,889 people have been hospitalized in Florida after complications from COVID-19. That number includes the 66 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 6.14% Sunday out of 51,344 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 6,347,939 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 Monday, 8,915,278 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 Monday.
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