Orlando police headquarters serving as walk-up mobile vaccination site

Vaccinations taking place Friday, July 23

FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021 photo, a pharmacist with Walgreens Pharmacy prepares a syringe with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for residents and staff at the The Palace assisted living facility in Coral Gables, Fla. Florida was one of the first states to throw open vaccine eligibility to members of the general public over 65, leading to rumors that tourists and day-trippers are swooping into the state solely for the jab. Gov. Ron DeSantis said stories of the rich flying to Florida, getting vaccinated and returning home are overblown. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File) (Lynne Sladky, Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

ORLANDO, Fla. – The Orlando Police Department’s headquarters was a site for a mobile COVID-19 vaccination clinic Friday morning.

The department’s parking lot at 1250 W. South St. was the site of a clinic offering Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson doses from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

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Dawn McCleary said she had reservations about getting the COVID-19 vaccine at first because she’s had bad reactions to shots in the past but she knew help would be nearby if she needed it.

“I’m at the police department. If anything’s going to go wrong, they’re going to help me. So, that’s why I’m here,” she said.

For her, the inoculation means she can feel safer while seeing her grandchildren and other loved ones.

“Let’s just all get vaccinated and then still protect ourselves.  And then before you know it, the numbers will go back down, and we’ll be OK,” she said.

Crystal Fanton got the shot because she started a new job where she’ll need to be in an office.

“I talked to more people and so now I’m a little more open to the idea,” Fanton said.

Those between the ages of 12 and 17 were eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine with consent.

Anyone visiting the mobile vaccination site did not have to pre-register before heading out.

Vaccination efforts are ramping up as Central Florida and the entire state is seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases. In Orange County, the number of cases right now is similar to what was seen in January when the state saw its highest peak of new cases.

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