Johnson & Johnson shots return to Orlando mobile sites

Ryan Gillespie, Orlando Sentinel
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Johnson & Johnson vaccines will be available at pop-up sites around Orlando Wednesday, marking the return of a tool to target hard-to-reach communities with vaccines, state officials announced.

Mobile clinics, which typically target under-vaccinated communities, will be stood up at the Florida Mall, in Lake Nona and in Kissimmee, with each site offering 200 shots of the single-dose vaccine.

Shots will be offered at:

  • Bravo Supermarket, 13024 Narcoossee Road

  • Simon Parrilla Bar & Grill, 1187 Florida Mall Ave.

  • Osceola Technical College, 501 Simpson Road

These sites don’t take appointments but areare open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Prior to the national pause on Johnson & Johnson, which was lifted last week, pop-up sites rotated around metro Orlando daily with as many as 400 shots each, allowing health officials to inoculate people at churches, parks, shopping centers and targeted neighborhoods.

Since the shot returned to the FEMA site at Valencia College Sunday, people have been slow to turn out for it. Between Sunday and Monday, only about 800 people received the shot, compared to as many as 5,000 who turned out in a single day prior to the pause.

Federal regulators have said the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is safe after a committee investigated rare but serious blood clots that were reported in 15 women who received the shot. Health officials said a link between the vaccine and the blood clots was likely but the risk was exceedingly rare since the effect was seen in a small portion of the millions of doses that had been issued.

Future sites have yet to be announced.