Friday marks final day to receive vaccine at Orange County Convention Center

Site anticipated to reach 280,000 dose milestone

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – After opening in December to administer COVID-19 vaccinations when they first became available to Floridians, the Orange County Convention Center is wrapping up its operations Friday.

The convention center offered doses throughout Friday and first doses to those 12 to 15 years old. The county’s website says those who receive first doses at the OCCC will be able to receive the second dose at another location.

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Ahead of the site’s closure, the Florida Department of Health in Orange County wrapped up first doses at the end of April. At the end of the day Friday, the department said the site has administered 280,541 vaccinations since Dec. 26, 2020.

Testing also wrapped up at the location last weekend, with the spokeman for the Florida Division of Emergency Management saying the site had served its intent.

“Over 400,000 tests have been administered at the site. They have done a commendable job,” Mike Jachles said. “It really served a great intent and now with other places offering testing and with the vaccines, it was just the right moment to transition.”

The convention center vaccination site is closing as it transitions back to an event center.

If you’d like to go to the OCCC Friday, appointments are required for the site and can be made by going to The link also highlights other vaccination sites in the area, many of which don’t require appointments.

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Brenda Argueta is a digital journalist who joined in March 2021. She graduated from UCF and returned to Central Florida after working in Colorado.