Orange County Government Public Information Officer
Email: PIO@ocfl.net

Coronavirus Updates

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For resources and information on the Coronavirus, visit www.ocfl.net/Coronavirus. To watch any past news conference, visit the OrangeTV YouTube playlist.

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Update: News Conference | May 14, 2021 | 4:30 p.m.

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Key Takeaways Orange County News Conference – 5/14/2021

As of today, 50% of Orange County residents 16+ now have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Our two-week rolling positivity rate is currently 5.7%.

FREE TRANSPORTATION FOR SENIORS CONTINUES

LYNX and Orange County Government are announcing free round-trip rides on ACCESS LYNX for those vulnerable seniors 60 years or older to the four County recreation center sites offering COVID-19 vaccinations as well as the Barnett Park drive-thru vaccination site. This free LYNX service will be available Monday through Friday.

The free ACCESS LYNX round-trip rides for these locations will begin Monday, May 17, 2021. For booking information, visit Orange County’s online newsroom. Since February, LYNX has partnered with Orange County to offer free rides to vaccination sites to vulnerable seniors and has served more than 450 seniors who had no means of transportation to the sites.

EXPANDED VACCINE ELIGIBILITY

Earlier this week, the Florida Department of Health expanded the eligibility for the Pfizer-brand COVID-19 vaccine. Those who are 12 and older are eligible to receive the Pfizer-brand vaccine. A parent or legal guardian must accompany minors during vaccination and have a completed consent form.

Below are six Department of Health and/or Orange County Government operated sites that are administering COVID-19 Pfizer-brand vaccines. For complete hours of operation and pre-registration information, visit ocfl.net/VaccineSites.

Barnett Park (drive-thru)
4801 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL 32808

Barber Park (drive-thru) – May 17 through 21 only
 3701 Gatlin Avenue, Orlando, FL 32812

Goldenrod Park Recreation Center Gymnasium (walk-up)
4863 N. Goldenrod Rd., Winter Park, FL 32792

Meadow Woods Recreation Center Gymnasium (walk-up)
1751 Rhode Island Woods Circle, Orlando, FL 32824

South Econ Recreation Center Gymnasium (walk-up)
3850 S. Econlockhatchee Trail, Orlando, FL 32829

West Orange Recreation Center Gymnasium (walk-up)
309 SW Crown Point Rd., Winter Garden, FL 34787

CONVENTION CENTER VACCINES

The Florida Department of Health in Orange County’s drive-thru vaccination site at the Orange County Convention Center will begin its last week of operation next week.

  • May 17 – May 21 (Pfizer second dose, 16+ year olds only)
    Those who have missed their second dose of the Pfizer vaccine may make an appointment during any available time on Monday, May 17 through Friday, May 21, 2021. A parent or legal guardian must accompany minors during vaccination and have a completed consent form.
  • May 17 – May 19 (Pfizer first dose, 12-15 year olds only)
    Minors 12-15 years old are able to receive the Pfizer vaccine. A parent or legal guardian must make an appointment for their first dose during any available time on Monday, May 17 through Wednesday, May 19, 2021. A parent or legal guardian must accompany minors during vaccination and have a completed consent form.
    It is important to note, individuals will have to wait 21 days to receive their second dose, which can be administered at any one of Orange County Government’s other vaccination sites.
  • May 20 – May 21 (Johnson & Johnson single dose, 18+ only)
    Eligible individuals who are interested in the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine may make an appointment during any available time on Thursday, May 20, or Friday, May 21, 2021.

To book an appointment visit ocfl.net/VaccineSites.

STATE-OPERATED TESTING SITE AT CONVENTION CENTER CLOSES SUNDAY

As a reminder, the Florida Division of Emergency Management’s regional COVID-19 testing site at the Orange County Convention Center will close on Sunday, May 16, 2021. It is important to note that free COVID-19 testing will continue at Barnett Park.

For additional testing sites in Orange County, visit ocfl.net/testing.

RENTAL ASSISTANCE OPENS AT THE CITY OF ORLANDO

On Tuesday, May 18 at 8 a.m., the City of Orlando’s online portal will accept applications to provide Emergency Rental Assistance for households that have been financially impacted by COVID-19.

City of Orlando households looking to apply should visit orlando.gov/assistance. For residents residing outside the City of Orlando who are in need of emergency rental assistance, you can apply at ocfl.net/RentalAssistance.

ASSISTANCE FOR RESTAURANT OWNERS AND HOSPITALITY EMPLOYEES

  • Hospitality Job Day
    On Wednesday, May 19, 2021, the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association is launching Hospitality Job Day. Restaurants and hotels across Orlando will be accepting applications and conducting interviews for positions across all levels.
    Interested residents that are seeking to start a career in the hospitality industry may view a list of open positions by visiting frla.org/chapters/central/.
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Update: News Conference | May 10, 2021 | 4:30 p.m.

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Key Takeaways Orange County News Conference – 5/10/2021

For updated COVID-19 numbers, visit ocfl.net/COVID19snapshot. The 14-day positivity rate is currently 6.1%. Just two and a half weeks ago, the 14-day positivity rate was at 8%.  Please continue to encourage those who have not gotten vaccinated (and those who still need their second shot) to learn the facts and the need for community immunity at ocfl.net/VaccineMyths.

STATE-OPERATED TESTING SITE AT CONVENTION CENTER CLOSES MAY 16

According to the Florida Division of Emergency Management, the state-operated regional COVID-19 testing site at the Orange County Convention Center will close on Sunday, May 16, 2021. It is important to note that free COVID-19 testing will continue at Barnett Park.

For additional testing sites in Orange County, please visit ocfl.net/testing.

BARBER PARK VACCINATION SITE OPEN MAY 17

Beginning Monday, May 17 through Thursday, 20, 2021, Orange County Health Services will offer drive-thru COVID-19 vaccinations appointments at Barber Park from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Online appointments are preferred, but not needed. Visit ocfl.net/vaccine to make an appointment today.

Barber Park
3701 Gatlin Avenue
Orlando, FL 32812

In addition, Orange County offers a free, convenient, drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination site at Barnett Park. Note: This site also offers free COVID-19 testing, visit ocfl.net/testing for details.

Barnett Park COVID-19 Vaccines
4801 W. Colonial Drive in Orlando
7-days per week, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
No appointment needed.

Both Barber Park and Barnett Park offer the Pfizer brand.

WALK-UP SITES AT REC CENTER LOCATIONS

Orange County and the Florida Department of Health in Orange County also offer convenient, walk-up vaccination centers at the following four recreation centers throughout Orange County:

  • Goldenrod Park Recreation Center
  • Meadow Woods Recreation Center
  • South Econ Recreation Center
  • West Orange Recreation Center

Operating hours:

Tuesday – Thursday: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday – Sunday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed Mondays

Supplies are limited toward the end of the day, so get there early.

Reminder: Minors must have the parental consent and a parent or legal guardian present at the time of the vaccination.

Visit ocfl.net/vaccine for details.

ORANGE COUNTY CONVENTION CENTER

The Florida Department of Health in Orange County will offer the Johnson and Johnson vaccine at the drive-thru site at the Orange County Convention Center on May 20 & 21, 2021. Registration is available for these dates.

This site is only offering second doses through May 19, 2021.

More information about the Convention Center site is available in the Frequently Asked Questions Regarding COVID-19 Vaccinations in Orange County (ocfl.net)

EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

Orange County’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program offers up to $10,000 in relief for residents with past due rent. Currently, more than $1.2 million has been utilized to keep families in their homes.

Residents living in unincorporated Orange County, Apopka, Bay Lake, Belle Isle, Eatonville, Edgewood, Lake Buena Vista, Maitland, Oakland, Ocoee, Windermere, Winter Garden and Winter Park are eligible for the County’s program. The City of Orlando will launch its own program soon.

Visit ocfl.net/RentalAssistance for more information.

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Update: News Conference | May 6, 2021 | 4:30 p.m.

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Key Takeaways Orange County News Conference – 5/6/2021

  • 46.17 percent of all Orange County residents 16+ have received at least one dose of the vaccine. (total 541,401)
  • 72.58 percent of Orange County residents 65+ have completed the vaccine series.

WALK-UP SITES AT FOUR REC CENTER LOCATIONS

According to the Florida Department of Health in Orange County, vaccination operations at the Orange County Convention Center will be complete by Wednesday, May 19, 2021 (the site is only offering second doses).

In the absence of the Convention Center, four recreation sites are available. Each site will provide walk-up service from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday through Sunday. Sites are closed on Monday. No appointment necessary. Pfizer vaccines offered.

In addition, Barnett Park now serves as a drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination site. Barnett Park vaccinations operate seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. No appointment necessary. Pfizer vaccines offered.

For more information on any of these sites, dial 3-1-1 or visit ocfl.net/VaccineSites.

LAST FIRST DOSE – SOUTH TRAIL BRANCH

As a reminder, the state-supported vaccination site at the South Trail Branch of the Orange County Library System has completed administering first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine today, Thursday, May 6, 2021. Following today, the site will only administer pre-scheduled second doses. The site will complete all second doses by Wednesday, May 26, 2021.

For a list of additional vaccines sites, visit ocfl.net/Vaccine.

MISSING SECOND DOSES

According to the Florida Department of Health in Orange County, if you have missed your second scheduled second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer and Moderna only), you are eligible to receive your second dose at any Federal Retail Pharmacy, state-supported, or federally-supported vaccination site in the state.

It is important to remember to bring your vaccination card and the same brand of the second shot must be administered.

If you are missing your second dose of Pfizer, you may visit any one of the four walk-up vaccination sites, or the drive-thru vaccination site at Barnett Park.

TOURIST DEVELOPMENT TAX COLLECTIONS

Orange County Comptroller Phil Diamond announced that Tourist Development Tax (TDT) collections received by Orange County for March 2021 were $17,632,300, a 26.9 percent increase compared to March 2020.

For more information, visit the Office of the Comptroller’s website to read its news release.

MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH

In observance of Mental Health Awareness Month, the Orange County Clerk of Courts will host a free virtual “My Health Matters” webinar on Wednesday, May 19, 2021, from 6-8 p.m. to raise awareness about mental health. Recognizing the rise of anxiety, stress, and uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we will share helpful resources available to Orange County residents.

Featured topics and partners include:

  • Mental Health Association of Central Florida
  • Heart of Florida United Way:
  • Orange Connects
  • Meditation Tips and Techniques

To register for the webinar, visit https://bit.ly/3tTElwg

For information on free online resource for mental health providers, visit www.ocfl.net/OrangeConnects through Orange County’s Orange Connects program.

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Update: News Conference | May 3, 2021 | 4:30 p.m.

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Key Takeaways Orange County News Conference – 5/3/2021

For updated COVID-19 numbers, visit ocfl.net/COVID19snapshot.

THE GOVERNOR’S NEW EXECUTIVE ORDER

Orange County Government and the Office of Emergency Management are aware of Governor DeSantis’ announcement on suspending all local County Executive Orders. The County has received a copy of the Governor’s Executive Orders and is currently reviewing the contents to determine what it means for Orange County.

VACCINE ELIGIBLITY EXPANDS TO ALL INDIVIDUALS

Late Thursday, April 29, 2021, the State Surgeon General announced vaccination eligibility to include non-Florida residents. This means all individuals 16+ are eligible for the vaccine in the state.

To learn more about this expansion, visit Orange County’s frequently asked questions webpage on the vaccine at ocfl.net/vaccineFAQs.

ORANGE COUNTY COVID-19 DRIVE-THRU VACCINATION SITE & TESTING

Orange County Government is now providing a free, convenient, drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination site at Barnett Park. Note: This site also offers free COVID-19 testing, visit ocfl.net/testing for details.

Barnett Park COVID-19 Vaccines
4801 W. Colonial Drive in Orlando
7-days per week, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Walk-ups only, no appointments

*Closed Memorial Day, Monday May 31.

WALK-UP SITES AT FOUR REC CENTER LOCATIONS

The Florida Department of Health is winding down vaccination operations at the Orange County Convention Center by May 22 and no longer offering first doses.

The following Orange County Recreation Center locations are available for walk-ups only beginning tomorrow, Tuesday, May 4:

Goldenrod Park Recreation Center Gymnasium
4863 N. Goldenrod Rd., Winter Park, FL 32792

Meadow Woods Recreation Center Gymnasium
1751 Rhode Island Woods Circle, Orlando, FL 32824

South Econ Recreation Center Gymnasium
3850 S. Econlockatchee Trail, Orlando, FL 32829

West Orange Recreation Center Gymnasium
309 SW Crown Point Rd., Winter Garden, FL 34787

Operating hours for all the locations will be:

  • Tuesday through Thursday: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Friday through Sunday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Closed Mondays

Visit www.ocfl.net/vaccine for more information.

REQUEST MOBILE VACCINATION SITE FOR YOUR BUSINESS/ORGANIZATION

The Florida Department of Health in Orange County has created a COVID-19 Business/Organization Mobile Vaccination Request form. Businesses or organizations can request a COVID-19 vaccination site at certain locations.

The online form is located at ocfl.net/IGotMyShot.

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Update: News Conference | April 29, 2021 | 4:30 p.m.

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Key Takeaways Orange County News Conference – 4/29/2021

For the latest COVID-19 numbers, visit Orange County’s dashboard at ocfl.net/COVID19Snapshot.

REMINDER: UPDATES TO SOCIAL DISTANCING AND MASKS

During a news conference on April 28, 2021, Mayor Demings introduced a three-phased plan to ease social distancing and face coverings in Orange County.

For more information visit Orange County’s online newsroom.

LAST DAY FOR VACCINE FIRST DOSES – CONVENTION CENTER

The drive-thru vaccination site at the Orange County Convention Center will provide its final round of first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine on Saturday, May 1, 2021. Following that date, the site will only administer pre-scheduled second doses.

Residents can book an appointment before Saturday by visiting ocfl.net/vaccine.

BARNETT PARK ADDS COVID-19 VACCINE DRIVE-THRU LANE

In addition to testing – which has been extended to the end of May 2021 – Barnett Park will serve as a drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination site for residents. Residents visiting the location are asked to look out for signs directing them to either testing or vaccines. The site will open for vaccinations on Saturday, May 1, 2021 and no appointments are needed.

Barnett Park will administer up to 750 Pfizer-brand vaccines per day. The site will provide walk-up service seven days a week, or until daily capacity is reached. As a reminder for 16- and 17-year old residents, a parent or legal guardian must sign a consent form, as well as be present at time of vaccination.

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

For more information, dial 3-1-1 or visit ocfl.net/vaccine.

NEW COVID-19 VACCINES SITES

In partnership with Orange County Government, the Florida Department of Health in Orange County is offering free, walk-up COVID-19 vaccination sites at four recreation centers throughout the County to all eligible residents. With the Convention Center’s vaccination site closing the end of May, these sites will take its place. The sites will open for vaccinations on Tuesday, May 4, 2021.

Additionally, each site will provide walk-up service during the below operating hours, or until daily capacity is reached.

For more information, dial 3-1-1 or visit ocfl.net/vaccine. As a reminder for 16- and 17-year old residents, a parent or legal guardian must sign a consent form, as well as be present at time of vaccination.

#IGOTMYSHOT

Thank you to all the residents and community partners who are participating in the #IGotMyShot community public safety campaign. We need each person’s help to protect our community against the COVID-19 virus and reach herd immunity as quickly as possible.

The “I Got My Shot” public safety campaign is designed to debunk vaccine myths, highlight trusted voices in the community, and encourage residents to get vaccinated and become advocates.

To track vaccination progress in Orange County, or to learn how to participate, visit ocfl.net/IGotMyShot.

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Update: News Conference | April 28, 2021 | 11:00 a.m.

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Key Takeaways Orange County News Conference – 4/28/2021

PHASED APPROACH IN ORANGE COUNTY TO EASING FACE COVERING MANDATE

Recently, the CDC issued new guidance on outdoor mask use for those who are fully vaccinated.

If you are fully vaccinated and want to attend a small outdoor gathering with people who are vaccinated and unvaccinated, or dine outdoors, the science shows you can do so safely … without a mask. However, the CDC still advises you to avoid large gatherings.

“As I have said many, many times, we in Orange County follow and continue to follow the science to guide our decision making process,” said Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings. “After reviewing research from multiple sources, including the University of Central Florida, the Florida Department of Health and doctors from local hospitals, I am including that guidance in a phased approach to amend my Face Covering Executive Order. My goal is to give guidance to the community as we continue to navigate through the pandemic.”

At a COVID-19 news conference on April 28, 2021, Mayor Demings introduced a three-phased plan to ease social distancing and mask guidelines:

  • Phase 1 – Effective Immediately. Reduce physical distance from 6 to 3 feet in all settings.  Fully vaccinated individuals should follow CDC guidelines for wearing facial coverings.
  • Phase 2 – Effective when 50% of the population 16 and older has received their first dose of the vaccine.  Facial covering mandate for outdoors lifted for all individuals.  Physical distancing of at least 3 feet between groups is encouraged.  Facial coverings still required for indoors, except when eating or drinking.
  • Phase 3 – Effective when 70% of the population 16 or older has received their first dose of the vaccine and/or Orange County’s 14-day rolling positivity rate is 5% or below. All mandates are lifted.

For more information about the Executive Order, visit ocfl.net/ExecutiveOrders.

Graphics on Phased Approach in English (PDF link)
Graphics on Phased Approach in Spanish (PDF link)

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Update: AdventHealth/Orange County Joint Town Hall on Vaccine Hesitancy | April 26, 2021 | 4:30 p.m.

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Update: News Conference | April 22, 2021 | 4:30 p.m.

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Key Takeaways Orange County News Conference – 4/22/2021

For updated COVID-19 numbers, visit ocfl.net/COVID19snapshot.

MAKE YOUR APPOINTMENT NOW

The drive-thru vaccination site at the Orange County Convention Center provides residents a convenient way to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Thanks to an increase in supply from the state, hundreds of appointments are available for next week from Monday, April 26, 2021, through Saturday, May 1, 2021.

Residents can book appointments now by visiting, ocfl.net/Vaccine.

ORANGE COUNTY MOBILE VACCINATION SITES

Orange County Government’s mobile vaccination site at Silver Star Recreation Center will continue serving the surrounding community until Friday, April 23, 2021. The mobile site will return to Silver Star at a later date to provide pre-scheduled second doses. Beginning next week, Orange County will operate two new mobile vaccination sites.

  • Monday, April 26 & Tuesday, April 27
    Meadow Woods Park Recreation Center
    1751 Rhode Island Woods Circle, Orlando, FL 32824
    9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 29 & Friday April 30
    Goldenrod Park Recreation Center
    4863 N. Goldenrod Rd., Winter Park, FL 32792
    9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Each site will provide appointment and walk-up service during operating hours, and administer up to 1,000 Pfizer-brand vaccines per day. As a reminder for 16- and 17-year old residents, a parent or legal guardian must register them for their appointment, sign a consent form, as well as be present at time of vaccination.

Appointments open on Friday, April 23, 2021 at 5 p.m. For more information, visit ocfl.net/Vaccine.

ADDITIONAL MOBILE VACCINATION SITES

The Florida Division of Emergency management has opened the following state-operated, mobile vaccination sites for next week. Each site will provide walk-up service from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., or until capacity is reached. Each site will administer up to 300 Pfizer-brand vaccines per day.

  • Friday, April 23
    Bravo Supermarket Oak Ridge
    4065 W Oak Ridge Road, Orlando, FL 32809
  • Friday, April 23
    Mt Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church
    4077 Prince Hall Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32811
  • Friday, April 23
    El Presidente Supermarket Pine Hills
    2722 N Pine Hills Road, Orlando, FL 32808
  • Saturday, April 24 – Sunday April 25
    Trotter’s Park
    2701 Lee Road, Orlando, FL 32810
  • Sunday April 25
    Bravo Supermarket Curry Ford
    4520 Curry Ford Road, Orlando, FL 32812
  • Tuesday, April 27
    Camping World Stadium
    Lot 10, Entrance at Anderson Street and Rio Grande Avenue, Orlando, FL 32805
  • Tuesday, April 27
    Bravo Supermarket Semoran
    999 North Semoran Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32807
  • Wednesday April 28
    Bravo Supermarket Narcoossee
    13024 Narcoossee Road, Orlando, FL 32832
  • Saturday, May 1
    Festival Park
    2911 East Robinson Street, Orlando, FL 32803

For additional vaccine sites across the County, visit ocfl.net/Vaccine.

UPCOMING TOWN HALL ON VACCINE HEISTANCY

AdventHealth, in partnership with Orange County Government and the Florida Department of Health in Orange County, is hosting a Town Hall to discuss vaccine hesitancy with community leaders. The Town Hall will take place on Monday, April 26, 2021 at 4:30 p.m. and you can view it live on Orange TV at ocfl.net/OTVLive.

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Update: News Conference | April 19, 2021 | 4:30 p.m.

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Key Takeaways Orange County News Conference – 4/19/2021

For updated COVID-19 numbers, visit ocfl.net/COVID19snapshot.

  • 53.5% of Orange County’s residents 40+ have had at least one dose of vaccine
  • 29.7% of all Orange County residents have had one dose of the vaccine

With more than 120 vaccination sites now available in Orange County, please share opportunities for COVID-19 vaccinations – as there are plenty of options now.

MANY APPOINTMENTS STILL AVAILABLE: CONVENTION CENTER AND SILVER STAR PARK

There are many COVID-19 vaccination appointments still available at the convenient, drive-thru vaccination site at the Orange County Convention Center.

As part of the Orange County Mobile COVID-19 Vaccination Program, Silver Star Park Gymnasiums is operating the following times and hours:

  • Monday, April 19, 2021 – Friday, April 23, 2021
    Silver Star Recreation Center
    2801 N Apopka-Vineland Road, Orlando, FL 32818
    Appointments only: Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
    Walk-ups only: Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. or until capacity is reached.

The site will administer up to 1,000 Pfizer-brand vaccines per day. There are many appointments still available.

As a reminder for 16- and 17-year old residents, a parent or legal guardian must register them for their appointment, sign a consent form, as well as be present at time of vaccination.

Visit ocfl.net/Vaccine to learn more about these sites.

FEMA VACCINATION SITE: OPEN FOR FIRST DOSES AGAIN

As of tomorrow, April 20, 2021 the FEMA site at Valencia’s West Campus  will again offer first doses of Pfizer. This site is walk-up only. Currently, the site is slated to close on Wednesday, May 26, 2021. Visit ocfl.net/vaccinesites for more information.

LOST VACCINATION CARD?

If you are an Orange County resident and need to request a CDC COVID-19 vaccination replacement card for yourself, visit this webpage from the Florida Department of Health in Orange County 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.

MYTHS VS. FACTS ON COVID-19 VACCINE

As doses of the COVID-19 vaccine become more available, they bring the promise of global relief from the pandemic. Unfortunately, there has been a lot of misinformation surrounding the vaccine and its development. Here are some myths and correlating facts about the vaccine: ocfl.net/vaccinemyths

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Update: News Conference | April 15, 2021 | 4:30 p.m.

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Key Takeaways Orange County News Conference – 4/15/2021

APPOINTMENTS NOW OPEN AT CONVENTION CENTER

Beginning tomorrow, Friday, April 16, 2021, at 9 a.m., the Florida Department of Health in Orange County will reopen appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations at the convenient drive-thru vaccination site at the Orange County Convention Center.

Hundreds of appointments will be available each day from Monday, April 19, 2021 through Saturday April 24, 2021. As a reminder for 16- and 17-year-old residents, a parent or legal guardian must register them for their appointment, sign a consent form, as well as be present at time of vaccination.

Visit ocfl.net/Vaccine for more information.

NEW ORANGE COUNTY MOBILE VACCINATION SITE

Orange County Government’s mobile vaccination site at Barber Park will continue serving the surrounding community until Friday, April 16, 2021. The mobile site will return to Barber Park at a later date to provide pre-scheduled second doses.

Beginning Monday, April 19, 2021, the mobile site will be at Silver Star Recreation Center, and will operate during the following times and hours:

  • Monday, April 19, 2021 – Friday, April 23, 2021
    Silver Star Recreation Center
    2801 N Apopka-Vineland Road, Orlando, FL 32818
    Appointments only: Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
    Walk-ups only: Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. or until capacity is reached.

The site will administer up to 1,000 Pfizer-brand vaccines per day. As a reminder for 16- and 17-year old residents, a parent or legal guardian must register them for their appointment, sign a consent form, as well as be present at time of vaccination.

Appointments are now open. For more information, visit ocfl.net/Vaccine.

VACCINES FOR HOMEBOUND RESIDENTS

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.

Residents can visit ocfl.net/HomeboundVaccine to access a request form. After the form is submitted, the Florida Division of Emergency Management will review the request.

For more information, please email HomeboundVaccine@em.myflorida.com or call 3-1-1.

VACCINE OPPORTUNITY IN PINE HILLS AND HOLDEN HEIGHTS

Orange County Fire Rescue Division continues its COVID-19 vaccination outreach program. Medical staff from Fire Rescue, the Florida Department of Health in Orange County and the Florida Department of Emergency Management will be at the following locations for one day only to provide vaccines to residents who are 18 years old and older.

  • Monday April 26, 2021
    Pine Hills Community Center
    6408 Jennings Road, Orlando, FL 32818
    Appointments only: 407-254-9107
  • Tuesday April 27, 2021
    Holden Heights Community Center
    1201 20th St., Orlando, FL 32805
    Appointments only: 407-836-6770

For more information about vaccine efforts in Orange County, visit ocfl.net/Vaccine.

#IGOTMYSHOT

Yesterday, Orange County Government Mayor Demings, Orlando Mayor Dyer and other officials – along with representatives from the Florida Department of Health in Orange County, the City of Orlando, Orlando Economic Partnership, Visit Orlando, Walt Disney World, and Universal Orlando – revealed the “I Got My Shot” public safety campaign designed to debunk COVID-19 vaccine myths, highlight trusted voices in the community, and encourage residents to get vaccinated.

The goal of the campaign is to reach the desired “community immunity” level of 79 percent as soon as possible. To track vaccination progress or for more information, visit ocfl.net/IGotMyShot.

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Update: News Conference | April 12, 2021 | 4:30 p.m.

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Key Takeaways Orange County News Conference – 4/12/2021

The 14-day average positivity rate for COVID-19 in Orange County 7%. Testing is still important.  Free COVID-19 testing is available at ocfl.net/testing.

The Orange County Convention Center vaccination site run by the Florida Department of Health in Orange County is currently booked for appointments. Please cancel any unwanted appointments to allow openings for others. Later this week, an announcement will be made regarding when appointments will open up again at the Orange County Convention Center.

NEW: VACCINES THROUGH ADVENTHEALTH

Thanks to a partnership with Orange County Government and the Florida Department of Health in Orange County, on Friday, April 16, 2021, AdventHealth is offering the COVID-19 vaccine for residents 16 years old and up.  This site will offer the Pfizer brand vaccination (4,600 appointments total). A consent form for individuals under 18 years old is required and a parent/guardian must be present with a minor.

Online appointments are required, no walk-ups will be accommodated. Visit ocfl.net/vaccine to schedule.

ORANGE COUNTY LAUNCHES MOBILE VACCINE PROGRAM

Today, Orange County Government launched its Mobile COVID-19 Vaccine Program to help serve residents closer to their own communities and reach underserved and minority residents.

The Barber Park Drive-Thru site is booked this week for online appointments. However, walk-ups from 5 p.m. though 7 p.m. are still available from April 12 through April 16.

Future sites will be determined based on vaccine supply from the Department of Health in Orange County. For information, visit ocfl.net/Vaccine.

VACCINES AT BRAVO SUPER MARKETS

Bravo Supermarkets, Orange County Government and the Florida Division of Emergency Management are hosting vaccination events at two Bravo Supermarkets on April 15 and 16, 2021. The events are free and open to Florida residents. The site will administer 400 Johnson & Johnson vaccines at each event. Interested residents are urged to arrive early, as supply is limited.

  • Thursday, April 15, 2021
    Bravo Supermarket
    13024 Narcoossee Rd., Orlando, FL 32832
    10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Friday, April 16, 2021
    999 N Semoran Blvd., Orlando, FL 32807
    10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

VACCINES AT THE MEXICAN CONSULATE

  • Friday, April 16, 2021
    Saturday, April 17, 2021
    Sunday, April 18, 2021
    Mexican Consulate Facilities
    2550 Technology Drive, Orlando, FL 32804
    9 a.m. (until supply is exhausted)

For additional vaccination sites in Orange County, visit ocfl.net/Vaccine.

VACCINES AT VALENCIA COLLEGE

Valencia College’s West Campus continues to offer the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine until May 6, 2021.  Recently, there has not been any wait time. The site is open 7 days a week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Walk-ups only.

  • Valencia College – West Campus
    1800 Kirkman Road, Orlando, FL 32811
    7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily

For more information, visit ocfl.net/Vaccine.

REMINDER: Residents ages 16 and 17:

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Update: News Conference | April 8, 2021 | 4:30 p.m.

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Key Takeaways Orange County News Conference – 4/08/2021

Quick Facts

ORANGE COUNTY LAUNCHES MOBILE VACCINE PROGRAM

Orange County Government has launched its own Mobile COVID-19 Vaccine Program in order to serve residents closer to their own communities and reach underserved and minority residents. Selected sites will be located where the percentage of vaccinated residents is low.

The upcoming mobile vaccination site will be:

  • Monday, April 12, 2021 – Friday, April 16, 2021
    Barber Park (Drive-Thru Site)
    3701 Gatlin Avenue, Orlando, FL 32812
    Appointments only/preferred: 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Visit ocfl.net/Vaccine for appointments.
    Walk-ups only: 5-7 p.m.

Able to vaccinate 1,000 per day (Pfizer vaccine given)

Vaccines will be available for Florida residents 16 years old and older. However, for ages 16 and 17, a parent or legal guardian must register them for their appointment, sign a vaccine consent form, as well as be present at the time of vaccination. Future sites will be determined based on vaccine supply from the Department of Health in Orange County.

For appointments and information, visit ocfl.net/Vaccine.

VACCINES AT BRAVO SUPER MARKETS

In partnership with Bravo Supermarkets, Orange County Government and the Florida Division of Emergency Management will host a vaccination event tomorrow at the Bravo Supermarket located at 4065 W. Oak Ridge Rd. in Orlando. The event is free and open to Florida residents. The site will administer 400 Johnson & Johnson vaccines. Interested residents are urged to arrive early, as supply is limited.

  • Friday, April 9, 2021
    Bravo Supermarket
    4065 W. Oak Ridge Rd., Orlando, FL 32809
    Walk–ups only: 9 a.m. until capacity is reached

For additional vaccination sites in Orange County, visit ocfl.net/Vaccine.

CANCEL UNWANTED COVID-19 VACCINE APPOINTMENTS

Important: If you have signed up for an appointment at the Convention Center and then receive a vaccine at another location, please cancel your appointment.

If you do not cancel unwanted appointments, you are taking up a valuable opportunity for those seeking to be vaccinated.

To cancel your appointment, log into your CDR Maguire account at patientportalfl.com, then go to “My Vaccinations” and cancel from that screen. For assistance, call 844-770-8548.

TOURIST DEVELOPMENT TAX COLLECTIONS

Orange County Comptroller Phil Diamond announced that Tourist Development Tax (TDT) collections received by Orange County for February 2021 were $10,317,000, a 63.3% decrease compared to February 2020.

For more information, visit the Office of the Comptroller’s website to read its news release.

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Update: News Conference | April 5, 2021 | 4:30 p.m.

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Key Takeaways Orange County News Conference – 4/05/2021

CONVENTION CENTER VACCINATION SITE

The Florida Department of Health in Orange County’s convenient, drive-thru vaccination site at the Orange County Convention Center opened up appointments again on Friday, April 2 at 9 a.m.

Although appointments were booked in 43 minutes, stay tuned for a future opening announcement later this week. This site will now handle up to 4,000 appointments per day. If you were unable to get an appointment, visit ocfl.net/vaccine to sign up for email or text alerts on the appointment opening. Currently, the Pfizer vaccine is provided at this location.

Note: All individuals ages 18 and older are now eligible to receive any COVID-19 vaccine. At this time, the Pfizer vaccine is the only vaccine currently authorized for individuals under the age of 18. The state is continuing to follow all FDA issued Emergency Use Authorizations guidance when administering the COVID-19 vaccine. In accordance with this guidance, individuals 16 and older will be eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine.

COVID-19 VACCINES AVAILABLE FOR 16+

Eligibility for COVID-19 vaccinations at any Florida vaccination site has expanded to include residents 16 years old or older.

For Residents Ages 16 and 17:

For vaccination site location information visit ocfl.net/vaccine.

FEMA VACCINATION SITES

As of tomorrow, April 6, 2021 all FEMA sites in Orange County will be offering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine only. Second doses of Pfizer or Moderna will be given at those sites to those who have already received a two-dose vaccine. The FEMA sites are administering up to 3,000 COVID-19 vaccines per day. Visit www.ocfl.net/vaccine for more information.

COUNTY’S PHASED REOPENING

Orange County is re-opening the County’s senior centers, gymnasiums, fitness centers and outdoor courts at a limited capacity of 50%.  For information, visit the County’s COVID-19 page on Facilities reopening.

In addition, the Orange County Public Works Department,  Planning, Environmental, and Development Services and the Utilities Department will re-open customer lobby areas and/or main buildings to the public on a limited, appointment-only basis.  Please note, individuals applying for building permits will still need to complete applications online. Other County services are still available online and residents are encouraged to use online resources.

For more information, visit ocfl.net.

#407DAY – SUPPORT LOCAL RESTAURANTS
Orange County in partnership with Visit Orlando announces the return of #407Day, a social campaign launched last year with a nod to the calendar date (4/07) and the County’s longtime area code to show appreciation for our local restaurants.

To support the program, we encourage you to dine in or order takeout from your favorite local restaurant on Wednesday, April 7 and share your experiences, photos or recommendations on social media using #407Day and tagging @OrangeCoFL and @VisitOrlando.

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Update: News Conference | April 1, 2021 | 4:30 p.m.

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Key Takeaways Orange County News Conference – 4/01/2021

QUICK FACTS

For the latest COVID-19 updates, visit the Orange County Newsroom.

APRIL 5: COVID-19 VACCINES AVAILABLE FOR 16+

Beginning Monday, April 5, 2021, eligibility for COVID-19 vaccinations at any Florida vaccination site will be expanded to include residents 18 years old or older. In addition, there are certain restrictions where 16 and 17-year-old residents can receive the vaccine. Individuals ages 16 and 17 are only eligible for the Pfizer vaccine, as expressed in Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ Executive Order 21-79, which refers to the U.S. Food & Drug (FDA) letter.

There are several location options for residents to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, including the Convention Center, Federal Retail Pharmacies, FEMA Vaccination Site at Valencia College West Campus, FEMA Library Site, hospital systems (pending supply), etc.

To prepare for the upcoming week, the Florida Department of Health in Orange County will reopen appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations at the Drive-Thru Vaccination Site at the Orange County Convention Center, tomorrow morning, Friday, April 2, 2021, at 9 a.m. 

The current list of eligible Florida residents includes:

  • All residents 18+
  • 16 and 17 year olds

For ages 16 and 17, a parent or legal guardian must register them for their appointment, as well as be present at time of vaccination. Parents/legal guardians can register their 16 or 17 year olds by clicking the “Register Minors/Wards” tab within their CDR profile. If the parent/legal guardian does not have an account, they must first create an account for them self, then follow instructions to register minors/wards.

BEFORE YOU GO: CONVENTION CENTER VACCINATION SITE

It is important to remember, CDR Maguire (the Florida Department of Health’s appointment vendor) manages multiple regional vaccination sites in the state of Florida. Residents are urged to be mindful of which County they are signing up for. Those who arrive at the Drive-Thru Vaccination Site at the Orange County Convention Center with an appointment for another County will be turned away.

FEMA COVID-19 VACCINATIONS

The following FEMA Vaccination Sites are open on Easter, Sunday, April 4, 2021:

  • Valencia College West Campus
    1800 S. Kirkman Road, Orlando, FL 32811
    7 a.m. to 7 p.m., open daily, no appointment needed, walk-ups only
  • South Trail Branch
    4600 Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL 32839
    9 a.m. to 5 p.m., open daily, no appointment needed, walk-ups only

For more information about vaccine efforts in Orange County, visit ocfl.net/Vaccine.

FREE COVID-19 TESTING CLOSED FOR EASTER

In observance of Easter Sunday, free COVID-19 testing at Barnett Park and the Orange County Convection Center will be closed. Both sites will return to regular operating hours on Monday, April 5, 2021.

For more information about testing in Orange County, visit ocfl.net/Testing.

EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE AND EVICTION MORATORIUM

Recently, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) extended its moratorium on evictions to June 30, 2021.

Residents must be proactive and file the necessary paperwork with their landlord for the federal program, as they do not automatically qualify. Visit ocfl.net/HousingFAQs for a list of frequently asked questions and additional resources.

The County’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program is available to eligible residents who are past-due in rent as a result of financial hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program may be able to provide up to $10,000 or 12 months of past-due rent.

Residents living in unincorporated Orange County, Apopka, Bay Lake, Belle Isle, Eatonville, Edgewood, Lake Buena Vista, Oakland, Maitland, Ocoee, Windermere, Winter Garden and Winter Park are eligible for the County’s program.

The City of Orlando is creating its own emergency rental assistance program with a funding allocation from the Federal Government. Therefore, tenants whose rental properties are located within the City of Orlando do not qualify for the County’s program. While addresses may read “Orlando, Florida,” such properties may still be located in unincorporated Orange County.

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Update: Previous Updates

Please find all previous updates on the previous Coronavirus Updates page.

About Orange County Government: Orange County Government strives to serve its residents and guests with integrity, honesty, fairness and professionalism. Located in Central Florida, Orange County includes 13 municipalities and is home to world-famous theme parks, one of the nation’s largest convention centers and a thriving life science research park. Seven elected members make up the Board of County Commissioners, including the Mayor, who is elected countywide. For more information, please visit www.OCFL.net or go to Orange County Government’s social media channels.

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