Mayor Buddy Dyer and Mayor Jerry Demings Take the COVID-19 Vaccine, Setting the Example

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN) – Both Mayor Buddy Dyer and Mayor Jerry Demings received Moderna’s Covid vaccine Monday. The Mayors want to help ease concerns some community residents have expressed regarding the newly developed vaccination. Their goal is to demonstrate a united front with the community to fight Covid and prove the vaccine’s safety.

With the vaccine being produced in such a short amount of time, some wonder if the vaccine will work and or if there will be major allergic reactions. Dr. Raul Pino with the Orlando Health Department suggests those with known allergies research ingredients prior to receiving the vaccination. According to Dr. Pino, there have not been any major reactions to the vaccine in Orange county.

For those preparing to get vaccinated, there are some common side effects, including headache or fatigue and soreness at the vaccination site. Those reactions are considered good reactions as they are signs that the body’s immune system is responding. Should any major reactions occur, paramedics are on standby to assist.

The number of Covid cases have gone up over the Holiday week. So far, Orange County has reported 73,691 cases total since the pandemic started. A total 732 Orange County residents have died over the last ten months as a result of the virus.

Free Covid-19 testing continues to be available through the month of January at Barnett Park. Area residents can get tested seven days a week.  The Covid-19 testing site is open between 9am-5pm. Residents are being asked to get to the testing site before noon to help ensure getting tested that day as the lines have been long. The testing site will be closed on New Year’s Day, January 1st.

Over 11,900 area residents have been vaccinated in Orange County. Soon the vaccine will be available to select groups as it continues to be distributed. Vaccinations currently are available for residents who are 65 years old and older. These residents are on the top of the priority list to start receiving their first vaccine. Residents in that age range must pre-register at to make an appointment. The Orange County Health Department and Fire Department are working together on various shifts to serve the community. The plan is to vaccinate 1500 Orange County residents each day. Due to the New Year’s Holiday, the vaccination site will be closed on Friday, January 1st through Sunday, January 3rd. Normal hours of operation for the site are between 8am and 9pm. The Orange County Convention Center is where the vaccination site is located. If you need further information, go to


Kathleen Michelle is the Associate Politics Editor for Florida National News. |

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