Orlando Firefighter Paramedics assist introduce vaccines


ORLANDO, Florida – Dozens of Orlando firefighters are helping protect seniors from the coronavirus through a program that delivered the vaccine directly to them.

A trained team of more than 40 fire department paramedics began delivering coronavirus vaccines at five senior housing facilities across the city last month, according to Ashley Papagni, information manager for the Orlando Fire Department.

The final batch of the second doses was given to the seniors on Friday, many of whom are homebound.

What you need to know

  • Orlando firefighters helped senior citizens at home get the COVID-19 vaccine
  • 657 seniors were vaccinated through this program
  • Firefighters also help the district’s vaccination center

Paramedic Michael Ocampo is one of the firefighters on this vaccine team.

“For us it is very rewarding just because we know that we are actually changing someone’s life, as far as he is able to possibly have a little more freedom in the near future, to see a grandchild, to hug a grandchild, Seeing children, family members, ”he explained.

For Michael Ouellette, a home-vaccinated senior who was vaccinated Thursday at Magnolia Towers, this was an unexpected lifeline.

“I had no idea how I was going to get the shot before it was available to me, they’re coming here,” he said. “So it’s very good that that happened.”

The fire department paramedics administered the doses in their free time outside of their normal work schedule.

A total of 657 seniors were vaccinated through this program, which was run in partnership with the Florida Department of Health in Orange County, Papagni said.

The vaccine team is also helping with the administration of doses at the county’s COVID-19 vaccination center at the Orange County Convention Center.


Janet Smith