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Frequently Asked Questions Regarding COVID-19 Vaccinations in Orange County

Public Health & Safety

Individuals can stay updated on the County’s vaccination efforts by visiting ocfl.net/vaccine.
Frequently Asked Questions last updated on 5/13/2021.

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GENERAL INFORMATION

Where can I get a COVID-19 vaccine?
There are many location options for eligible individuals to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, including the Orange County and the Florida Department of Health in Orange County sites, Federal Retail Pharmacies, FEMA Vaccination Site at Valencia College West Campus and various other sites.

For more information on these locations, visit ocfl.net/vaccine.

Who is eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccine
Individuals who are 12 and older are eligible to receive any COVID-19 vaccine. Minors are only eligible for the Pfizer vaccine and must have a parent/guardian sign a consent form and be present at the time of vaccination.

Is the vaccine free?
Yes. The vaccine is administered at no cost. Be wary of misleading webpages charging for vaccine appointments. Those scams should be reported to the Attorney General’s Office.

Do I need to be a resident of Florida to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in the state?
On Thursday, April 29, 2021, the State Surgeon announced eligibility to include non-Florida residents providing goods and services in Florida. Please bring an ID with you to vaccination. All COVID-19 vaccination sites no longer require individuals to provide multiple proofs of residency to receive a vaccine. Individuals will now be required to verbally confirm if they are a Florida resident or if they are in the state for the purpose of providing goods and services in Florida. Read the full Public Health Advisory.

Is an ID required to be vaccinated?
Please provide an ID at the time of vaccination. However, all COVID-19 vaccination sites no longer require individuals to provide multiple proofs of residency to receive a vaccine. Read the full Public Health Advisory.

How do I prove I received the vaccination?
Once you have received your first vaccination, you will be provided with a COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card. Your Record Card is your documentation that you have received both doses of the vaccine. Do not lose your Record Card.

What if I lost my COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card?
If you are an Orange County resident and need to request a replacement CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card, visit the Florida Department of Orange County’s webpage to make this request. If you are NOT an Orange County, Fla. resident, please contact your County Health Department where you reside in order to make this request. Please note that if you received your vaccination through the Veteran’s Healthcare System and you lose your card, you must go through the VA for a replacement.

What are the side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine?
General side effects that have been reported include injection site tenderness, fatigue, headache, muscle pain, joint pain, chills, nausea, vomiting and fever. Severe allergic reactions are extremely rare, and can include difficulty breathing, swelling of your face and throat, elevated heart heartbeat, development of a rash all over your body, dizziness and weakness. If you experience a severe allergic reaction, call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest hospital. If you experience an adverse reaction to the vaccine, contact your health provider and report to the Vaccine Adverse Reporting System.

What if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, discuss your vaccination options with your healthcare provider.

Do I still need to socially distance and wear a mask after receiving the vaccine?
Residents are still encouraged to follow CDC guidelines. Together, a COVID-19 vaccination and the recommendations for how to protect yourself and others will offer the best protection from getting and spreading COVID-19. For additional COVID-19 myths vs. facts visit Orange County’s newsroom.

When do I get my second dose? What is the CDC’s guidance on the time span recommendations for the second dose?
Moderna recommends the second dose at 28 days. Pfizer recommends the second dose at 21 days. According to the CDC, you should not be scheduled to receive the second dose earlier than recommended.

CDC’s guidance allows the second dose administered up to 6 weeks (42 days) after the first if it is not feasible to adhere to the recommended interval. Therefore, if the second dose is administered >3 weeks after the first Pfizer vaccine dose or >1 month after the first Moderna vaccine dose, there is no need to restart the series. Vaccine administration errors should be reported to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System.

For additional information, visit the CDC’s webpage on vaccination recommendations and timing.

FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH IN ORANGE COUNTY
VACCINATION SITES

What are the Florida Department of Health in Orange County (DOH Orange) vaccination sites?
In partnership with Orange County Government, DOH Orange is offering free, walk-up COVID-19 vaccination sites at four recreation centers throughout the County to all eligible individuals. With the Convention Center’s vaccination site closing at the end of May, these four sites will take its place.

Where are the DOH Orange vaccination sites located? When are they open?
The DOH Orange vaccination sites will begin administering vaccines on Tuesday, May 4, 2021, by walk-up service during the below operating hours:

Are the DOH Orange vaccination sites drive-thru vaccination sites?
No. Individuals will have to park their vehicle and enter the recreation center to receive their vaccination.

Do I need an appointment to visit a DOH Orange vaccination site?
No, you do not need an appointment. However, pre-registration of personal information is recommended in order to save time onsite.

What COVID-19 vaccine are they administering at the DOH Orange vaccination sites?
Currently, all sites are administering the Pfizer-brand vaccine.

BARNETT PARK

Where is the Barnett Park vaccination site located? When is it open?
In addition to testing, Barnett Park will serve as a drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination site. The Barnett Park vaccination site will begin administering vaccines on Saturday, May 1, 2021, during the below operating hours:

  • Barnett Park
    4801 W Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL 32808
    Monday-Sunday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (7 days per week)

Is the Barnett Park vaccination site a drive-thru vaccination site?
Yes. You will not have to get out of your vehicle. However individuals can also walk-up or bike-up to receive their vaccination.

Do I need an appointment to visit the Barnett Park vaccination site?
No, you do not need an appointment. However, pre-registration of personal information is recommended in order to save time onsite.

What COVID-19 vaccine are they administering at the Barnett Park site?
Currently, the site is administering the Pfizer-brand vaccine.

CONVENTION CENTER – SECOND DOSES

Your Appointment

How do I know if I have a scheduled vaccine appointment for my second dose?
At the time you booked your first appointment, your second appointment was automatically scheduled.  To view your second appointment details, visit PatientPortalFL.com and select “My Vaccinations” within the “Vaccination” menu tab. You will also be sent a reminder via email or text with a “square QR code” that can be printed or screenshot.

sample QR code

How do I reschedule my second-dose appointment at the Convention Center?

Visit PatientPortalFL.com and select “My Vaccinations” within the “Vaccination” menu tab to view or edit your appointment details. Individuals experiencing issues with changing an appointment online can dial 844-770-8548 or email covid19support@cdrmhealth.com.

What about individuals who have no internet access to schedule an appointment?

Individuals who do not have access to the internet can schedule an appointment by using a computer at a participating Orange County Community Center – Holden Heights, Pine Hills, East Orange and Taft (hours 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday). Individuals can also dial 844-770-8548 to book an appointment over the phone.

Visiting the Convention Center

Is the Convention Center a drive-thru location, or will I need to get out of my vehicle?
Drive-thru vaccinations are currently being administered at the Orange County Convention Center by the Florida Department of Health in Orange County. You will not have to get out of your vehicle and this is not a walk-up site.

Where is the vaccination site at the Orange County Convention Center?
The Orange County Convention Center COVID-19 vaccination site is located at the North Concourse, 9400 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819. Follow directional signage leading along the route to the North Concourse. Florida Department of Health staff are located at the front of the vehicle wait line to confirm you are there for your scheduled vaccinations. Map and Directions 

Are drive-ups/walk-ins accepted?
No. An appointment is required in order to receive a vaccination. Individuals who visit the site without an appointment will be turned away.

Are there restrooms in the vehicle waiting line?Yes. Portable toilets and washing stations are located in the waiting line, as well as in the observation area after vaccinations are administered.

How early do I have to show up for my appointment?
You should show up no more than 30 minutes prior to your confirmed appointment. Individuals who arrive earlier will be asked to wait in order to accommodate other pre-scheduled appointments.

What do I need to bring?
Please arrive at the vaccination site with a full tank of gas, water, a snack and any medication if needed, as wait times may be long.

You will be asked to present a valid driver’s license or photo I.D. that verifies your name and date of birth, as well as your “square QR code” that matches your appointment information before receiving a vaccination.

Is there an observation period after I receive the vaccine?
Yes. Everyone who receives a vaccination will drive through an observation area monitored by Florida Department of Health staff and will be monitored for approximately 15-30 minutes.

FEMA VACCINATION SITES

Where is the FEMA vaccination site in Orange County located? When is it open?
The FEMA vaccination site in Orange County is located at Valencia College West Campus, 1800 S. Kirkman Road, Orlando, FL 32811. The site operates from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week, walk-ups only.

What COVID-19 vaccine are they administering at the FEMA vaccination site?
The FEMA vaccination site in Orange County is administering up to 3,000 doses of the one-dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine per day. The site is also continuing to administer second doses of the Pfizer-brand vaccine for all individuals who received their first dose at the site earlier this year. At this time, the site will remain open until May 26.

TRANSPORTATION/HOMEBOUND INFORMATION

Is there transportation options for seniors?
Individuals who are 60+ and unable to find transportation to the Orange County Convention Center vaccination site or the FEMA vaccination site at Valencia College West campus may qualify for a free ride, courtesy of LYNX.

Individuals can call the County’s helpline at 311 (or 407-836-3111 if out of County) for details and coordination. Scheduling transportation for appointments needs to be made 48 hours in advance of your appointment. If your appointment is on a Saturday or Sunday, your request for a ride must be made the prior Friday, at the latest, during regular business hours.

Individuals who are disabled and need help with transportation can contact the Transportation Disadvantage Program or the ADA Paratransit program through LYNX. All the prerequisites and requirements for program eligibility are available at GoLynx website. You can also contact LYNX by dialing 407-841-5969, or emailing inquiry@golynx.com.

What if I am homebound and can’t leave my house to get the vaccine?
Florida residents who are homebound or do not have reliable access to transportation may be eligible for the Florida Department of Health’s and Florida Division of Emergency Management’s homebound vaccination program. Visit ocfl.net/HomeboundVaccination to access a form to fill out a request. You can also email HomeboundVaccine@em.myflorida.com.

If you need a medically vulnerable form to receive the vaccine, you can download the Official Medical Form for the Extremely Vulnerable (PDF).

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