Orlando, FL - Health care personnel with direct patient contact will now have a second opportunity to receive a COVID-19 vaccine thanks to AdventHealth and Orange County.
Vaccines will be distributed at AdventHealth's community vaccination site near Orlando International Airport on Friday (February 19th) . The vaccinations are available to any eligible health care worker, regardless of health system affiliation. According to AdventHealth, over 3,500 doses are being supplied by the Florida Department of Health in Orange County and are specifically earmarked for those health care workers who have missed other vaccination opportunities.
Proof of health care employment is required upon registration and there is no out-of-pocket cost. The vaccine requires two doses and those who receive their first vaccine at the airport site will be asked to schedule their second vaccine appointment. Those receiving the vaccine will additionally be required to stay on-site for at least 15 minutes to ensure there are no adverse reactions. Most reported side effects are mild and include arm soreness, fatigue and headache. Medical professionals will be on hand to assist with any reactions.
Appointments are required and walk-ins will not be accommodated. You can make an appointment by clicking here.
FAQ Provided by AdventHealth
Q: Can I get a vaccine at an AdventHealth hospital, AdventHealth Centra Care or AdventHealth Medical Group practice?
A: No. We are not offering COVID-19 vaccines to the general public at any of our hospitals, freestanding emergency departments, AdventHealth Centra Care or AdventHealth Medical Group practices at this time.
Q: Will AdventHealth open the vaccination site to the broader community?
A: At this point, AdventHealth’s vaccine site near Orlando International Airport is only for health care workers who have registered for appointments.
Q: Is AdventHealth vaccinating any seniors or those who are vulnerable, as recommended by the state?
A: AdventHealth periodically receives shipments of vaccines from the state earmarked for patients deemed to be extremely vulnerable to COVID-19. When supplies are received, patients who meet the guidelines under CDC criteria are notified.
Q: Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe?
A: Extensive clinical trials were conducted with thousands of participants to evaluate the COVID-19 vaccine and generate scientific data and other information for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to determine its safety and effectiveness. You cannot get COVID-19 from a vaccine.
Q: How does the COVID-19 vaccine work?
A: The vaccine helps you develop antibodies that make you less susceptible to the disease. It does not use the live virus that causes COVID-19.
Q: What should the remaining public do in the meantime?
A: We strongly support community masking initiatives and are aggressively advocating team members and the public wear a mask whenever they are out in the community. Masks help reduce the transmission of any kind of droplets and, along with social distancing and frequent hand washing, are the best things you can do to keep yourself and your loved ones safe.
Q: Where else can I get a COVID-19 vaccine?
A: Many area county health departments are offering vaccines to eligible members of the public. Those who wish to be notified when they might be eligible to receive the vaccine from AdventHealth can register for alerts at www.CoronavirusVaccineAlerts.com.