AdventHealth Hosts “Sensory Friendly” COVID-19 Vaccine Event in Orlando – WFTV


ORLANDO, Florida – For many children and adults, visiting a regular COVID-19 vaccination clinic could be overwhelming, if not impossible.

To help, AdventHealth hosted a vaccination event on Thursday that catered to specific individual needs.

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18-year-old Natalie Snider developed meningitis shortly after she was born. She also has cerebral palsy and epilepsy.

Natalie’s mother, Carla, says it would have been extremely difficult at a public vaccination site to get her a much-needed COVID-19 vaccine.

“It’s been about three months in development,” says Snider.

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To vaccinate Natalie and others like her, AdventhHealth created a special environment for patients with sensory issues who may struggle with noisy, crowded places full of people.

“They had finished our paperwork and led them into the sensory tube with lights and floating bubbles,” remembers Snider.

Dr. Emily Forrest of AdventHealth says her goal is to create a friendly environment for anyone who is overwhelmed in scary situations.

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“In general, we think of children with autism, with anxiety, with ADHD, with Down syndrome,” says Dr. Forrest.

AdventHealth has not yet announced any plans for another sensory vaccination event.


Janet Smith