Orange County Convention Center site to close at the end of May, as county launches mobile site

Stephen Hudak and Ryan Gillespie, Orlando Sentinel
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The mass vaccination site at the Orange County Convention Center is due to close at the end of May, with the final first shots of Pfizer scheduled to be administered May 5, a health official said Thursday.

At the convention center, officials are now vaccinating about 4,000 people per day, and it’s a key cog in efforts to ramp up shots as eligibility has expanded this week all adults.

The site is closing in part because the convention center has numerous shows booked in the coming weeks, which will command more space at the Pentagon-sized center, said Dr. Raul Pino, the local state health officer.

But it also marks a shift in strategy, with Orange County launching a mobile unit of its own starting Monday, which can administer 1,000 shots per day. The first location will be at Barber Park in the Conway area.

The portal for appointments for that site opened at 5 p.m. Thursday at ocfl.net/vaccine.

Pino said his office and county officials are hoping to keep inoculating the same number of people per day, but using multiple sites as opposed to one larger location.

“Closing the site doesn’t mean we’re going to give up the number of vaccines we’re giving daily,” Pino said. “We’ve advised that it would be best in this stage of the vaccination effort… to have two sites in different parts of the county giving 2,000 doses each.”

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