Mayor Dyer Gets Second Dose of Vaccine, Calls it Helpful, Safe

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN) – Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer announced that he has already received the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine during the city council’s second 2021 meeting at City Hall.

“(I did it) as an example for the community and to show that it is helpful, it is safe and good,” Dyer said. “We will only get back on track when 80% of us are vaccinated. We are still prioritizing our residents who are 65 or older, so when it is your turn please consider very seriously.”

As usual, the COVID-19 pandemic was a main topic during the meeting, as every commissioner cautioned to continue to exercise caution and get vaccinated as soon as the turn comes up.

“COVID numbers are going up, so this is not the time to be complacent,” Commissioner Patricia Sheehan of District 4, said. “I have received lots of emails about the behavior of people downtown. It’s going to be a few more months before we get that vaccine to everybody, so I ask that we do not play roulette with people’s lives.”

Commissioner Regina Hill oF District 5 thanked the Orlando Fire Department for their assistance in an event at the Mercy Drive Corridor where they vaccinated over sixty senior citizens “and showed so much patience, so much humanity” explaining everything they needed to know about the vaccine.

Hill also added that she lost an aunt to COVID in a nursing home where she had been staying for a week after an operation, so she urged everyone to keep using masks and practicing social distancing. “Access to the vaccines is not a race thing, it is not the reason why we do not have them in all the city, since the mayor is doing everything [he] can,” she said.

Commissioner Bakari Burns of District 6 took the opportunity to highlight how small businesses are struggling during the pandemic, so there is a project to highlight a small business every month. This month it would be Justin’s Caribbean Fusion, a restaurant on Conroy Road that opened in early 2020.

Burns also criticized what he considers the state’s poor response to vaccination for underserved communities. He shared that he wished the state would step up its effort.


Juan Carlo Rodriguez is a politics and entertainment writer for Florida National News. |

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