Orange County officials announced the expansion of the region’s coronavirus vaccine eligibility during a March 15 press conference.

The revision would now allow residents aged 60 and above to get vaccination on the same day of the announcement. Governor Ron DeSantis said that people aged 55 and above would have to wait until later in March to get inoculated.

COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility

Mayor Jerry Demings sent a letter to California officials requesting the prioritization of people working in law enforcement, corrections, and fire departments for vaccination. State officials quickly granted the request and allowed the Orange County Convention Center to inoculate eligible individuals immediately.

The Orange County Convention Center COVID-19 vaccinate site now allows residents to get vaccinated if they meet the following criteria:

  • Aged 60 or above;
  • Work in law enforcement, corrections, and firefighting;
  • Residents and workers in long-term care facilities;
  • Health care workers with direct contact with patients;
  • Educators and staff in schools/colleges/licensed daycares;
  • People with extremely severe medical conditions or those at high risk of contracting the COVID-19 virus.

Central Florida seniors now have another chance of getting vaccinated thanks to the help of AdventHealth and Orange County officials. Authorities will be distributing vaccine doses on Friday, March 19, and be administered at AdventHealth’s community vaccination site.

Orange County’s Florida Department of Health is giving out 3,500 vaccine doses. However, those will only be available to residents aged 60 and above who are eligible under state and federal guidelines, Orange Observer reported.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) also has a vaccinated hub at Valencia College West Campus operating every day from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. The site also accommodates residents eligible under state and federal guidelines.