COVID-19 vaccine site at Lake County Amazon center reaches capacity

A new COVID-19 vaccine site at an Amazon distribution center in Groveland reached capacity before opening on Wednesday.

Dozens and dozens of cars lined up early for the first-come, first-served COVID-19 vaccination event. 

When the site opened at 8 a.m., police allowed the first 200 cars to come in before the site reached capacity. 

Officials said the drive-thru event is at the new Amazon distribution site in Groveland on Wednesday morning started at 8 a.m.

People 65 and older with a valid Florida driver's license or proof of residency card will be eligible to receive the vaccine, along with frontline workers with direct patient contact.

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"We need this in our arms as quick as we can," Jackie Peterson of Clermont said.

"When that shots gets in my arm, I’m going to be very ecstatically relieved, happy," Lynn Monroe of Clermont said.

FOX 35 interviewed Lynn Monroe three weeks ago when she got her first dose. She waited in line for about five hours for her second.

The first person in line told FOX 35 he got here just after midnight to secure his spot.

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Officials say face masks are required at the event.

The Amazon distribution site is located at 7453 Republic Drive. Officials say it will remain open while the supply of the vaccine lasts or until capacity is reached.

Those who are eligible to receive the vaccine will receive the Pfizer vaccine. First and second doses will be given.

For more information or questions, you're asked to contact the Florida Department of Health in Lake County at COVID-19 Hotline at 352-268-9299.

You can find more information here.

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This isn’t the only unconventional location for a vaccination site.

The county also has sites set up at the Lake Square Mall and St. Patrick Church in Mount Dora by appointment only.

The health department said the Amazon site will stay first come, first served as they test out its appointment system at other locations.

"For now, this allows us to get a lot of vaccine early and it’s very important to get it out because a vaccine in someone’s arm today is worth two vaccines in two people’s arm tomorrow," Lake County Health Officer Aaron Kissler said.


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