Barnett Park begins offering COVID-19 vaccine to children
Orlando, Florida. — The largest testing, vaccination and booster site in Orange County began making COVID-19 vaccines available for children on Saturday.
Signs are placed on site to direct parents where to go for COVID shots of children in Barnett Park. The county began offering the Pfizer vaccine to children ages 5 to 11 this weekend.
Daniela Sullivan is the administrator of the Barnett Park website.
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“We’re in very special circumstances because now we’re talking about the little ones,” Sullivan said.
Sullivan said she was hoping for a good turnout. She said the county has 250 doses that can be given over the weekend, with the ability to get more if needed.
She adds that the county is taking a different approach with younger children. Instead of going through a car, child-sized doses will be served inside the park’s administration building.
“This will give us the opportunity to properly prepare the child and make sure that we can complete the observation in a safe way and also it will be more comfortable for the parents because now they do not have to drive and take care of the child. [child,]Sullivan said.
Orange County Public Schools set up vaccination clinics this week targeting younger students. According to the county, more than 3,700 rounds were fired over the course of three days. According to the figures, about 70% of the doses went to children aged 5-11 years.
Dillene Lopez, 9, said he feels fine about being vaccinated on Saturday because he plays soccer and karate, and is often around other kids.
It doesn’t hurt at all and I highly recommend you get it,” Lopez said.
His mother, Virginia Lopez, said she once fell seriously ill from COVID-19 and nearly died, so she didn’t hesitate to vaccinate her son.
“I was excited that they allowed children to be vaccinated, and I had no doubts about that, I trust,” Lopez said. “He’s very involved with other kids so now I’ll feel safer.”
Additional vaccination clinics will be held on Saturday.
OCPS Director Dr. Barbara Jenkins said the area will host future events.
“We don’t have any specific schedule for next week, but we will have additional clinics for vaccinations,” Jenkins said.
Health departments across Central Florida are preparing to offer COVID vaccines to children. Flagler, Marion, Brevard, Lake and Osceola counties will begin running kid-sized counties on Monday.
Children’s vaccinations appointments are not required in Barnett Park, but you are encouraged to register online. You can also make an appointment. Pediatric doses will only be available on Saturdays and Sundays.
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