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Orange County Announces 3K COVID Vaccines for Frontline Healthcare Workers

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN) – During his weekly coronavirus press briefing Monday, Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings announced that more than 3,000 doses of the vaccine were supplied by the Florida Department of Health in Orange County specifically for health care workers who have direct patient contact.

The vaccines will be distributed Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021 at Advent Health’s community vaccination site near Orlando International Airport. The vaccinations are available to any eligible health care worker, regardless of health system affiliation. Appointments are required by all eligible health care workers.

Vaccine Details to Consider:

  • There is no out-of-pocket cost for receiving the vaccine.
  • The COVID vaccine requires two doses, and those who receive their first vaccine at the airport site will be asked to schedule their second vaccine appointment.
  • Proof of health care employment is required upon registration.
  • As part of the vaccine process, those receiving the vaccine will be required to stay on-site for at least 15 minutes to ensure there are no adverse reactions. Most reported side effects are mild and include arm soreness, fatigue and headache. AdventHealth will have medical professionals on hand to assist with any reactions.

If you would like further information and to register, go to www.CoronavirusVaccineAlerts.com

Continued efforts are underway to supply the demand for vaccines in Orange County and across the state. The state currently has a phased allocation plan while the vaccine doses are in limited supply.

Orange County continues to follow the required prioritization set by the State of Florida in directing the first vaccinations to front line health care workers, residents of long-term care facilities, as well as any Florida residents aged 65 and older.

In Orange County 84,055 residents have received their first dose of the vaccine. Residents who are fully vaccinated and have had both doses are 19,051.

Residents aged 65 and older can register for their vaccine by visiting ocfl.net/Vaccine.

Orange County residents and tourists who want to be tested for COVID-19 can do so for free by going to the Orange County Convention Regional testing site. Orange County’s Health Services free testing site runs seven days per week through the end of February. For more information about COVID testing, visit ocfl.net/testing.

On February 1, 2021 there were a total 103,649 COVID cases reported since the start of the pandemic. A total of 958 orange county residents have died from the virus.

This pandemic has brought about a lot of destruction on so many levels, but on a positive note, Mayor Jennings mentioned that the 14-day positivity rate has decreased and could bring the trend below 10% next week.

Mayor Demings said the “bad news, bars and nightclubs are falling behind.” Business Compliance and Strike Teams were out this past weekend checking on four local bars and nightclubs and of them none were in compliance. Patrons were not wearing masks and they weren’t social distancing. This week more visits will be made to ensure businesses are following the rules. Consequences of not following the orders include a warning and then a $300.00 citation.

The Strike Teams have visited over 1500 businesses since Mayor Demings signed an executive order allowing these teams to warn and fine non-compliant businesses. There have been 103 warnings and 21 citations made to area businesses.

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Kathleen Michelle is the Politics Associate Editor for Florida National News. | info@floridanationalnews.com

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