Vaccine mobile site making stops at Orlando neighborhood centers ahead of school year

City offering Pfizer, J&J shots at 7 neighborhood centers

ORLANDO, Fla. – A mobile COVID-19 vaccine clinic will be stopping at seven Orlando neighborhood centers throughout the months of July and August in an effort to provide more access to families ahead of the 2021-2022 school year.

The mobile vaccine sites operated by the Florida Department of Health will make stops in July and August in neighborhoods around Orlando, offering both Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson shots to residents free of charge.

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Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said it’s critical the community continues to get vaccinated, especially families with children eligible to receive the shots.

“Our neighborhood centers are conveniently located throughout the city and it only takes about 30 minutes to get the vaccine there,” Dyer said in a news release. “The City of Orlando remains committed to doing all we can to help residents protect themselves, their families and every person in our community from COVID-19.”

The rollout of the mobile sites comes as health officials are increasingly reporting the rise in delta variant cases of the virus.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data for the two-week period ending on July 3 is projecting that the delta variant cases make up 51.7% of all COVID-19 cases.

Orange County health officer Dr. Raul Pino with the Florida Department of Health said the county is reporting its highest positivity rate for the virus --5.99% -- since late May. According to Pino, the largest percentage of new cases are among people who are between the ages of 15 and 34 years old.

“That’s the age we have the most unvaccinated people,” Pino said Wednesday.

About 40% of Orange County’s population remains unvaccinated. A Florida Department of Health spokesperson said as of Wednesday, nearly 27% of children between 12 and 17 years old are fully vaccinated in Orange County.

DOH officials said they are working on more efforts to encourage people to get vaccinated.

“We want to do some more outreach in terms of advertising and so forth. We’re going to do some bus wraps with Lynx pretty soon, and some posters in some areas,” said Kent Donahue with the Florida Department of Health. “If you want to get vaccinated, this is your opportunity to get vaccinated.”

As a parent, Gonzalo Lozano said he’s happy to see more vaccine sites in communities.

“It will help vaccinate more people and down the road obtain immunity for the community,” said Lozano. “It’s really nice to get back to normality.”

Orlando City leaders said they’re encouraged about the new partnership and they’re hoping to get as many people vaccinated as possible. They said it all comes down to more accessibility and convenience.

Below is the vaccine schedule for July and August:

  • Monday, July 12 – Engelwood Neighborhood Center, 6123 La Costa Drive (2:30 – 5 p.m.)
  • Tuesday, July 13 – Rosemont Neighborhood Center, 4872 Rose Bay Drive (2:30 – 5 p.m.)
  • Wednesday, July 14 – Dr. James R. Smith Neighborhood Center, 1723 Bruton Boulevard (2:30 – 5 p.m.)
  • Thursday, July 15 – Northwest Neighborhood Center, 3955 WD Judge Drive (2:30 – 5 p.m.)
  • Friday, July 16 – Citrus Square Neighborhood Center, 5625 Hickey Drive (2:30 – 5 p.m.)
  • Wednesday, July 21 – Wadeview Neighborhood Center, 2177 South Summerlin Avenue (2:30 – 5 p.m.)
  • Monday, July 26 – Dover Shores Neighborhood Center, 1400 Gaston Foster Road (2:30 – 5 p.m.)
  • Monday, August 2 – Engelwood Neighborhood Center, 6123 La Costa Drive (2:30 – 5 p.m.)
  • Tuesday, August 3 – Rosemont Neighborhood Center, 4872 Rose Bay Drive (2:30 – 5 p.m.)
  • Wednesday, August 4 – Dr. James R. Smith Neighborhood Center, 1723 Bruton Boulevard (2:30 – 5 p.m.)
  • Thursday, August 5 – Northwest Neighborhood Center, 3955 WD Judge Drive (2:30 – 5 p.m.)
  • Friday, August 6 – Citrus Square Neighborhood Center, 5625 Hickey Drive (2:30 – 5 p.m.)
  • Wednesday, August 11 – Wadeview Neighborhood Center, 2177 South Summerlin Avenue (2:30 – 5 p.m.)
  • Monday, August 16 – Dover Shores Neighborhood Center, 1400 Gaston Foster Road (2:30 – 5 p.m.)

About the Authors:

Jerry Askin is an Atlanta native who came to News 6 in March 2018 with an extensive background in breaking news.