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Busy weekend close to vaccination websites in Orlando

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ORLANDO, Florida – Together with the FEMA site on the west campus of Valencia College, government-operated satellite sites are helping to reach larger numbers of people in central Florida and ensure they can receive the vaccine.

Sunday was the first day for one of those satellite vaccination centers – this opening in Apopka in Kelly Park. The temporary location gives many in the community a sense of hope for this pandemic.

What you need to know

  • The FEMA-supported vaccination center is located on the Valencia West campus in Orlando
  • The website that offers the J&J vaccine is 1 dose; Pfizer 2 – they plan a second visit when you are there
  • No vaccination appointment is required at the FEMA Orlando location

When Kelly Park opened its satellite vaccination facility in Apopka on Sunday morning, Carlos Coronado, an Orange County Schools bus driver, was ready and waiting.

“It was really great, I recommend everyone to do it,” said Coronado. “I got here at 5am, I wanted to be first, but I was about tenth, there were a lot of people thinking the same way.”

Coronado has worked as a bus driver for OCPS for the past three years and said he wanted to do this for himself and for all of the children who ride with him every day.

“We see that many children get sick every day in quarantine,” he said. “And we’re in the middle, we’re the first person to see you in the morning, the last person to see you in the afternoon, so we want to make sure everyone is safe.”

Today is the first day for Apopka’s satellite vaccine site in Kelly Park. And this place is PACKAGED. They dispense 500 cans a day here and the line is long @ MyNews13 pic.twitter.com/vamftvq2ab

– Rachael Krause (@RKrause_News) March 7, 2021

Coronado is one of 500 people who received a vaccine in Kelly Park on Sunday.

Even with the limited amount of cans available, people lined up for hours hoping that they would get one of those shots in the arm at the passage.

The FEMA-supported vaccine facility will continue to offer 500 vaccines a day through Wednesday, open from 9 a.m. to 5 a.m. – or until they run out of daily supplies.

Coronado says receiving his Johnson & Johnson vaccine gives him peace of mind and optimism in a difficult year.

And he encourages others in the church to do the same.

“If you can do it, we have to do this for everyone,” he said.

You don’t need an appointment to get a vaccine at any of the FEMA supported locations, but you can pre-register at myvaccine.fl.gov. .

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