ORLANDO, Fla. - After a slow start earlier this week, the federal COVID-19 vaccine site at Valencia College West Campus was packed on Saturday.
Long lines formed early before opening at 7 a.m. Officials say that while appointments are encouraged, they are not required. On Friday, all the shots were given out by 4:15 p.m.
"We've been waiting a long time to get our shots," said Patty Cafaro, a teacher's assistant, "it was about time!"
Officials there said people getting the shot had a choice when they arrived which shot they wanted to get, Pfizer - which is two doses - or Johnson & Johnson, which is just one. On Friday, they'd given out all the available shots by 4:15 in the afternoon. This was after they'd increased the doses available. They can now give up to 3,000 vaccinations per day to eligible residents.
Caleb Considine, who got vaccinated, said the doses were a huge help. "It went very smoothly, everyone was really nice," he said, "the lines went by really fast. Got to choose which one I get. I'd say it was a pretty good experience."
Teachers of all ages are invited to come get vaccinated.
The Valencia site is open 7 days a week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. You can make an appointment on the state's vaccination website, but appointments are not required.
The two satellite sites that will run each day in underserved neighborhoods are located at:
- Engelwood Neighborhood Center: 6123 La Costa Dr., Orlando Offering appointments March 3-7, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. -- Walk-ins welcome
- Kelly Park: 400 E. Kelly Park Rd., Apopka Offering appointments March 7-10, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. -- Walk-ins welcome