Orlando Magic host COVID vaccination event at Amway Center

Kate Santich, Orlando Sentinel
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Let’s get ready to … roll up our sleeves?

The Amway Center is about to host its first COVID vaccination event — an effort by the Orlando Magic, AdventHealth and the city of Orlando to inoculate 2,300 Central Floridians against the virus that forced the NBA to play the remainder of its 2020 season in a restricted “bubble” at Disney.

The event is slated for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 13 and will offer the Moderna vaccine to anyone age 18 and older, but appointments are required. Sign-up is available at AdventHealth.com/OrlandoMagicVaccine.

“It is through teamwork and a shared commitment to the health and well-being of our residents that we will be able to manage this virus and hopefully bring some normalcy back to our community in the very near future,” said Magic CEO Alex Martins.

Orlando City Commissioner Regina Hill said the event’s location would reach some of the city’s “most vulnerable” residents.

“As we know, those in the Black and brown communities are four times more likely to contract COVID and are three times more likely to die,” Hill said. “Having the vaccine in this historically Black community will surely save the lives of many.”

Moderna is a two-dose vaccine. May 13 participants will be able to schedule a second-dose appointment for June 10.

Parking will be free at the Geico Garage. Those receiving the vaccine should plan to wear a face mask and stay on-site for monitoring at least 15 minutes after the shot.