New Orlando-area community COVID-19 vaccination sites see low turnout

Sites capable of administering 1,000 shots per day

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – The COVID-19 vaccine shots are now available in four new spots in Orange County.

The Florida Department of Health in Orange County is now administering the vaccines at four recreation centers, where 1,000 shots are available each day.

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As of about 1 p.m. Tuesday, the demand was not catching up to the supply, with just over 120 shots given at all four sites combined.

Here’s a breakdown of the doses administered, according to the FDOH in Orange County:

All four sites are open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday. They’re closed on Mondays.

The health department said the four locations were selected as a way to get to areas that were seeing lower vaccination numbers.

“We want to make sure they had an opportunity to get vaccinated, if they want to get vaccinated,” said Kent Donahue, the public information officer for the Florida Department of Health in Orange County.

The move to the new sites marks a shift in strategy, with the Orange County Convention Center closing on May 22.

Health officials said the four sites will offer both Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, and are walk-ups, meaning appointments aren’t necessary.

Also happening every Wednesday, the FDOH in Orange County will be offering both Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines at Lake Eola Park.

About the Author:

Lauren Cervantes was born and raised in the Midwest but calls Florida her second home. She joined News 6 in August 2019 as a reporter.