On Wednesday, FEMA and the Florida Division of Emergency Management opened two satellite sites in Central Florida to compliment the Valencia College vaccination site.
They are following what is called a “hub and spoke” model.
The Valencia College hub location was chosen by the federal government and the spokes, by the state and local governments.
The Engelwood Neighborhood Center site in Orlando along with the St. Cloud Civic Center in Osceola County are open at 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday and can administer up to 500 shots a day.
No appointments are being taken; these are walk-up sites.
You can pre-input your information on www.myvaccine.fl.gov.
The goal for these sites is to focus on communities with a high risk of COVID-19 infection.
“These sites will help us better respond to underserved communities as we address health equity concerns,” Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings said.
So far, not needing an appointment for the Engelwood Neighborhood Center COVID-19 vaccine site has been greeted warmly.
“You can walk here. There’s no excuse. You don’t have to spend a day getting across town, we’re going to make it here. We don’t want any excuse to hinder people from getting this vaccine,” said Orange County Commissioner Mayra Uribe.
For Stephen Hamilton, not having to worry about scheduling an appointment has been a good thing for him and his wife.
“I don’t type fast enough to get an appointment. This is no appointment, so my wife said go,” he said.
Even though these are federal sites, you must meet the state criteria for a vaccine.
Starting Wednesday, Gov. Ron DeSantis is adding police, firefighters, and teachers 50 years of age and over to that list.
The Kelly Park satellite site in Apopka is opening coming up Sunday through Wednesday of next week.