Healthcare system offers vaccine to thousands of community members
Orlando, FL (January 4, 2021) – Following the successful vaccination of nearly 10,000 medical professionals and other individuals at risk of COVID-19 exposure, Orlando Health is expanding its vaccination program to reach more members of the community. Beginning at 6:00 a.m. Monday, January 4, 2021, Orlando Health vaccination events will be open to:
- All front-line healthcare professionals not affiliated with Orlando Health (including dental staffs and EMS)
- Residents and staff at nursing homes and assisted living facilities who have been unable to get vaccinated
- Orlando Health team members’ and medical staff’s family members and loved ones who are age 65 or older
- Orlando Health team members and medical staff members who have not yet received the first dose of the vaccine
“Since launching our vaccination program on December 18, we have shown that we can successfully vaccinate thousands of people and help protect them from COVID-19,” says David Strong, president and CEO of Orlando Health. “Now we want to rapidly and effectively administer the COVID-19 vaccine we have to even more members of our community.”
Scheduling is required to receive the free Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. To make an appointment, which is available on a first-come basis, individuals should visithttps://vaccine.orlandohealth.com. Walk-ups will not be accepted.
Appointments will be available beginning January 4 at these Orlando Health facilities:
- Orlando Health Dr. P. Phillips Hospital
- Orlando Health Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies
- Orlando Health South Seminole Hospital
- Orlando Health – Health Central Hospital
- Orlando Health South Lake Hospital
- Orlando Health St. Cloud Hospital
- Bayfront Health St. Petersburg
The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine requires two doses spaced 4 weeks apart. Scheduling for dose one and dose two of the vaccine is required. Those who receive the vaccine should plan to remain in the post-vaccination observation area for up to 30 minutes. The total time from arrival at the vaccination site to departing the observation area will vary, but may be up to 90 minutes. Prior to vaccination, review of product-specific safety information and consent will be required. A form of identification is required at the time of the appointment.
Additional information on the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine can be found athttps://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/different-vaccines/Moderna.html.
About Orlando Health
Orlando Health, headquartered in Orlando, Florida, is a not-for-profit healthcare organization with $6.8 billion of assets under management that serves the southeastern United States.
Founded more than 100 years ago, the healthcare system is recognized around the world for its pediatric and adult Level One Trauma program as well as the only state-accredited Level Two Adult Trauma Center in Pinellas County. It is the home of the nation’s largest neonatal intensive care unit under one roof, the only system in the southeast to offer open fetal surgery to repair the most severe forms of spina bifida, the site of an Olympic athlete training facility and operator of one of the largest and highest performing clinically integrated networks in the region. Orlando Health is a statutory teaching system that pioneers life-changing medical research. The 3,200-bed system includes 15 wholly-owned hospitals and emergency departments; rehabilitation services, cancer and heart institutes, imaging and laboratory services, wound care centers, physician offices for adults and pediatrics, skilled nursing facilities, an in-patient behavioral health facility, home healthcare services in partnership with LHC Group, and urgent care centers in partnership with CareSpot Urgent Care. Nearly 4,200 physicians, representing more than 80 medical specialties and subspecialties have privileges across the Orlando Health system, which employs nearly 22,000 team members. In FY19, Orlando Health served nearly 150,000 inpatients and nearly 2.7 million outpatients. During that same time period, Orlando Health provided more than $760 million in total value to the communities it serves in the form of charity care, community benefit programs and services, community building activities and more. Additional information can be found at http://www.orlandohealth.com.