ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Orange County is now expanding its vaccination site at Barnett Park to include hours geared toward providing jabs for children in the newly approved 5 to 11-year-old age range.
The Barnett Park site will now offer the children’s vaccinations on Saturdays and Sundays only from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The vaccinations children will begin on Saturday, Nov. 13, according to a news release.
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Preregistration and appointments are required through the CDR Maguire Patient Portal, which can be found here, prior to arrival at the testing site, the county said. A parent or guardian must be present at the time of vaccination.
The online portal for those appointments will open Friday, Nov. 12 at 9 a.m.
Barnett Park has established an indoor space at the administration building on site, the release said, inside the building will be in the Marlin Room. This room is equipped for the vaccine to be administered with the comfort and safety of children and families in mind, Orange County said.
Orange County Commissioner Victoria Siplin (District 6) who serves some areas surrounding Barnett Park said the upcoming vaccine rollout is welcome news.
“This is just another alternative for those parents that want options and if they don’t want to go to the schools if they don’t have a regular pediatrician they can definitely come to Barnett Park,” Commissioner Siplin said.
“It’s a great thing that we are able to expand this and it’s going to be on the weekends only,” Siplin said.
Siplin said everyone should respect one another’s views regarding vaccination.
“It is my prayer that those parents that are still reluctant to have their children vaccinated do their own research.”
Barnett Park will continue offering testing, vaccinations and boosters for adults seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.