Florida sees increase in people wanting COVID-19 booster shots

Health department is hosting free vaccination events all week

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – The Florida Department of Health in Orange County said in the last couple of weeks they’ve seen an increase when it comes to people wanting COVID-19 booster shots.

Public Information Officer Kent Donahue said each and every day for the past two weeks third doses have been the majority of the vaccination doses they provided.

Donahue said on Monday they had more than 2,400 third doses in Orange County. This past Friday, the county saw over 4,400 third doses.

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The health department is hosting free vaccination events all week, and in addition to offering the three vaccines at their sites, Donahue said they will also be providing the flu shot.

“Our concern this year is because last year was such a small number of flu cases in the community, you don’t have that built-up immunity to fight off this year’s flu,” Donahue said.

In terms of COVID cases, the numbers over the last three weeks according to the state’s reports, have gone up each week in Orange County. Orange County was at 680 cases in the middle of November, and last Friday’s report had cases in the county at 905.

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Lauren Cervantes was born and raised in the Midwest but calls Florida her second home. She joined News 6 in August 2019 as a reporter.