Orlando Science Center offering COVID-19 booster shots, ticket for next visit

Center also offering 1st, 2nd doses of the vaccine

Orlando Science Center educating community about COVID-19

ORLANDO, Fla. – The Orlando Science Center is offering COVID-19 booster shots to those who are eligible during an event Saturday.

Healthcare workers from the Florida Department of Health will be administering booster shots through 5 p.m. They will also be administering first or second doses of the vaccine.

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Event organizers said Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines will be available.

Tekka Colston-Dyer went to the event to get her booster.

“Peace of mind, extra level of protection,” Colston-Dyer said.

Pfizer is the only vaccine approved for booster shots for people 65 and older. People 18 and older are also eligible for the booster shot if they work in long-term care settings, have underlying medical conditions or work in high-risk settings, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Anyone who receives a dose will be given a complimentary ticket for the Orlando Science Center that can be used later Saturday or during another visit.

In addition to offering vaccines, the center will be hosting presentations on how the COVID-19 vaccine works.

Jesse Zito, the director of programs at OSC, said they set up activities to help children learn how viruses are transmitted and how the vaccines work.

“It puts the concept directly in the hands of children and that’s when they learn the best,” Zito said. “That’s whenthey really remember what’s going on.”

The program is funded through Commmunities for Immunity, which is a joint initiative between the CDC and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. It is a nationwide effort to use these facilities to encourage COVID-19 vaccine confidence in communities.

Zito said kids feel safe and trust the science center, which helps families feel comfortable while learning about COVID-19.

“They feel more confident in asking very direct, very in-depth questions which is always wonderful,” Zito said.

About the Authors:

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.

Amanda Castro, a proud UCF alum, joined the News 6 team in November 2015 and was promoted to weekend morning anchor in April 2016. Go Knights!