Currently, 51.2% of all Orange County residents who are 16+ have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. This moves Orange County into Phase 2 of Mayor Jerry Demings’ vaccination goal. The 14-day rolling positivity rate is 5.2%. The County is still encouraging residents to get a COVID-19 vaccination to help us work toward “community immunity.”
Breaking 50% is what moved Orange County Mayor Demings to drop his face mask mandate (along with the fact Governor Ron DeSantis effectively ended it earlier). Phase 3 of Mayor Demings’ COVID-19 vaccination goal will be when 70% of residents have received at least one dose.
As a reminder, both the FEMA-operated vaccination site at Valencia College West, and the state-supported COVID-19 vaccination site at the South Trail Branch Library will have operational changes that begin next week.
- Valencia College West will close on Tuesday, May 25, 2021.
- South Trail Branch will stop administering first doses on Wednesday, May 27, 2021, and only provide pre-scheduled second doses.
The Orange County Convention Center COVID-19 vaccination site permanently closed on May 21st. Click here for a list of other available vaccination sites in Orange County.
With the Orange County Convention Center’s COVID-19 vaccination site closed and the FEMA vaccination site at Valencia’s West Campus closing soon, LYNX and Orange County Government are announcing free round-trip rides for vulnerable individuals 60 and older who cannot drive to the existing County sites. ACCESS LYNX will transport qualified riders to four County recreation center sites offering the COVID-19 vaccination as well as the Barnett Park drive-thru vaccination site. This free ACCESS LYNX service will be available Monday through Friday.
Seniors can call 3-1-1 to find out how to qualify for free transportation. Transportation is available Monday through Friday, no weekends. 3-1-1 will coordinate with the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) in Orange County to find transportation options for vulnerable seniors in need of a vaccination.
LYNX requires at least two-day prior notice (before 5 p.m.) to schedule a ride through the OEM. Please note that OEM does not operate on weekends. When the ride is scheduled, the ACCESS LYNX driver will pick up the rider at their residence and drive to closest county vaccination site. The Lynx driver will then wait with the senior through the entire vaccination process, and then take the rider directly back to their place of residence.