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The Orlando FEMA website now offers Johnson & Johnson vaccines

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ORLANDO, Fla. – The newly approved Johnson & Johnson vaccine is now being sold at the FEMA vaccination facility in Orlando.

FEMA officials made the announcement Friday morning during a press conference with U.S. Representative Val Demings.

“They’re giving that (the J&J vaccine) today. It is one person’s choice, however, up to 500, ”said Gracia Szczech, Regional Administrator at FEMA, Region 4.

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Individuals arriving at the FEMA site have a choice of which vaccine they want, either J&J or Pfizer, but only 500 doses of J&J are available.

Diana Praytor, an advanced day care teacher at MetroWest Elementary School, was surprised she had the choice. She chose the single-dose vaccine.

“Little did I know I had a choice,” said Praytor. “You gave us a choice. They had Pfizer or Johnson and Johnson and they ran out of Johnson and Johnson when I went around the corner, but I got Johnson and Johnson. “

She was one of the first 500 to vote before the site ran out of J&J vaccine by noon.

“I’m done. I wrote to my daughter,” I just got the single dose of Johnson and Johnson so I can go, “she said.” It’s just in time, you have to know to do these trips and all People are busy and I just wanted to do one thing. “

Szczech said each FEMA location receives 6,000 J&J cans per week. She said 500 cans will be used at the main site each day, with another 500 going to one of the satellite sites.

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Governor Ron DeSantis previously stated that Florida would receive more than 175,000 doses of the J&J vaccine this week, but added that the state is expected to dispose of at least two weeks.

With the addition of the J&J vaccine, the FEMA Orlando site will increase its daily capacity to a total of 3,000 doses, according to Tim Beattie of the Florida Division of Emergency Management.

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“When we started getting Johnson & Johnson, we were able to increase that (capacity) a little,” said Beattie. “Our whole thing is that we want to get as many shots of people as possible and that’s why we’re happy to be doing that.”

He added that the two mobile units will continue to offer 500 doses each, with one only offering Pfizer and the other only offering J&J.

Beattie also said efforts are being made to improve shadow coverage for people standing in line to receive the vaccine. Additional tents will be set up in a parking lot at Valencia College, West Campus on Saturday.

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