Beginning Today, Florida Allows Vaccine Eligibility to Ages 18 And Up
ORLANDO, Fla. — Starting Monday, all adults in Florida, along with some minors, are currently qualified for the coronavirus vaccine and thus far, over 6 million Floridians have obtained a minumum of one dose of vaccine and shortly, millions more will likely join the list. What You Want To Know
Pfizer vaccine will soon likely be available to 16 and 17 year olds
Getting a Covid Vaccine at Central Florida
Website leaders at the Orange County Convention Center vaccination site are expecting a fantastic turnout on Monday for those seeking the vaccine. Appointments at the site are booked.
Website leaders state team members are ready and it’ll be just like any other normal day on site.
Anyone who is 18 years old and upward in Florida is eligible for the vaccine, but the Pfizer vaccine are also available to 16 and 17 year olds.
Even the FEMA-supported walk up vaccination site at Valencia College West — which will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. — can also be expecting a spike in demand.
“We do have high hopes we’re going to find a lot more people in this age group take come and find the vaccine,” explained Denise Whitehead, a country public information officer to the Valencia College site.
On Tuesday, Valencia College will soon be offering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to individuals 18 and older.
Doctors say vaccines are the trick to herd immunity but getting to this point will not be be easy.
Dr. Brittany Busse, associate clinical director at WorkCare, said when it comes to beating COVID-19 vaccinations are the secret, pushing the country toward herd immunity. But Florida isn’t there yet.
“The vaccine right now currently protects the vaccinated person because there’s such a minimal amount of disease overall,” Busse said.
Medical leaders state to reach the point where person-to-person disperse becomes improbable, 70 to 85% of the population would have to be immune through embryo or vaccination. Which might be tough — many folks don’t want their shot, while others such as children, are not accepted by the FDA for receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
And in the meantime, fresh COVID-19 versions are driving additional spread of the virus.
“We can’t keep up with vaccinations at the rate that we’re going and the rate which the virus has been mutating. So sooner or later, there could possibly be boosters needed which may have an impact on the effectiveness of herd immunity,” Busse said.
At present, many are pleased to get the vaccine.
“It’s been a breeze.
That is a momentous day for Webster Goldstein because she walked through the Oval website at Valencia College with her next dose of the Pfizer vaccine in her arm and her son by her side.
He will be here on Tuesday, very first thing because they’re allowing adults to come whole force,” Webster Goldstein stated.
After the COVID-19 pandemic hit, 27-year-old Jessica Andrews said what she knew and loved had been hit hard.
“It is pretty much influenced every aspect of my own life, in my own work, to my connection, to my hobbies,” said Andrews.
Her long-distance relationship suffered as the two have been distanced through the time and space.
“My spouse also resides in the U.K., and that I have not been able to find him due to this,” said Andrews. “I got to see him once over the previous 13 months”
She’s currently focusing on doing what needed to be one of the very first in this expanded eligibility category to find a shot Monday, and she is not alone.
“We do have high hopes that we’re going to find a lot more people in this age group take attention and develop and find the vaccine, said Whitehead.
Whitehead says that she anticipates a surge in need Monday, and she is hoping those currently able to receive the vaccine will probably roll up their sleeves.
“I simply can’t stress enough that these folks that are far more active, that are going to college, that are working daily, that are interacting with the general public on a massive scale, really do need to have this protection,” she explained. “We use masks to protect each other, we get germs to guard each other as well.”
For Andrews, it’s all about protecting herself, and shielding her future.
“I will most likely cry when I catch it, and simply jump out from there as if I’d only got accepted to UF back, or anything like this you know,” said Andrews.
While the path to reach herd immunity may take some time, the vaccine is still offering an immediate dose of pleasure and relief for people like Webster Goldstein, that are assisting Florida to inch closer toward that point one shot at a time.
“I am quite grateful to have it , I have my badge of courage and now I’m ready to see my family again,” Webster Goldstein stated. “I’m quite content.”
They’ve language interpreters available too to help make sure anyone in the area can get their vaccine as long as they’re eligible.