ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN) – State Representative Daisy Morales (D-48) took a second tour of AdventHealth’s vaccination site in her district on Tradeport Drive near Orlando International Airport Friday afternoon, to speak again with AdventHealth CentraCare CEO Dr. Scott Brady and get her constituents’ reactions on the COVID-19 vaccine.
Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings and State Rep. Daisy Morales were among elected officials to tour the AdventHealth vaccination site where 3,000 doses were made available to health care workers Saturday morning, February 6.
This was her fourth COVID-19 vaccine site tour, her first being in the black community in Washington Shores, and the second being in the Hispanic community in Azalea Park.
Morales spoke Friday with AdventHealth CentraCare CEO Dr. Scott Brady, who had announced at Mayor Jerry Demings’ coronavirus press briefing on February 1 that AdventHealth would begin administering the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to frontline health care workers in addition to residents aged 65 and older.
Dr. Brady showed Rep. Morales the flow and process of the site. Residents check in at the front, walk towards the back tent in which medical personnel await them to administer the vaccine.
In front of the vaccination tent stand volunteers with different eye-catching solid color placards, helping the senior citizens looking for an available line to step up and receive their shot. Once they receive the shot, residents would step out to the right and enter the holding tent, the largest tent of them all, in which they would have a seat and wait the necessary fifteen minutes after receiving the vaccine. The tent also contained snacks and water for the residents in the event of other medical challenges, such as a sudden drop in blood sugar or dehydration.
Rep. Morales introduced herself to residents who were waiting in the holding tent after receiving the vaccine. Many said they were grateful for the vaccination site, and also expressed their gratitude for the provisions available to them in the holding tent. Dr. Brady and his staff noted that the most common feedback they’ve received from residents is the speed and ease in which they can come in, get the vaccine, and go.
Dr. Brady shared that, based on their current supply of COVID-19 vaccine, the Tradeport Drive site was effectively vaccinating roughly 2,000 residents per day, but had the capacity to vaccinate 8,000 per day, or 50,000 per week.
For Dr. Brady, Friday’s service was the end of the line. For now. “Today’s our last day to administer the vaccine,” he told Rep. Morales. “Everyone here is getting their second dose, so we’ll end up closing this site until we get more supply.”
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