Valencia’s West Campus Selected to Serve as COVID-Vaccination Center

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

On Feb. 19, state and federal officials announced that Valencia College’s West Campus will serve as the location for one of four federally-operated COVID-vaccination sites in the state of Florida.

The West Campus COVID vaccination center, which is located at 1800 S. Kirkman Road in Orlando,  will open on March 3 and will operate 7 days per week, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. The vaccination center is expected to remain open for at least eight weeks. Federal and state teams will operate the site, and plan to administer 2,000 vaccines per day. The vaccines are free.

In making the announcement, White House COVID-19 Senior Advisor Andy Slavitt said the federal vaccine sites were determined using a range of criteria, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Social Vulnerability Index created to identify and map communities most likely to need support during a national crisis. The index takes into consideration socioeconomic status, household composition, minority status, languages, housing type and transportation.

“At Valencia College, we are honored to support the federal and state efforts to vaccinate Central Floridians, particularly those in vulnerable communities,” said Paul Rooney, assistant vice president of operations at Valencia College.

In addition to the primary location, each FEMA community vaccination center will operate two smaller, mobile satellite sites that will conduct 500 vaccinations per day in underserved areas. Through this model, the West Campus vaccination center and its two satellite sites will offer 3,000 vaccinations per day.

The community vaccination centers are opening through a partnership between the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Department of Defense, the Florida Department of Health, Florida Division of Emergency Management and Florida National Guard.

Currently, the site is open for:

  • Long-term care facility residents and staff;
  • Persons 50 years of age and older (Note: Starting on March 29, vaccines will be available to all persons 40 and older. Starting April 5, the site will be providing vaccines to anyone 18 and up.);
  • Health care personnel with direct patient contact;
  • K-12 school employees — with proof of employment;
  • Sworn law enforcement officers 50 years of age and older; and
  • Firefighters 50 years of age and older
  • People under 65 with pre-existing conditions that make them “extremely vulnerable” — who must bring this Department of Health form filled out by their doctors.

No appointments are necessary. People who fall into the categories above can walk up and and receive the vaccine or, if there isn’t a time slot available, they can make an appointment for a future date.

Lynx buses that stop on Valencia’s West Campus will provide drop-off service to a parking lot next to the vaccination site. Lynx bus routes number 21 and 37 serve the college’s West Campus. Senior citizens who need transportation to the West Campus vaccination site should call 311 to see if they qualify for a free ride from Lynx.

Please note that while Valencia’s West Campus will serve as the physical location for the community vaccination center, the college will not be involved in administering vaccinations or in the operation of the site.

 

 

 

 

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