From the Orange County Newsroom

The 14-day rolling positivity rate in Orange County has dropped to 5.49%. Just four days ago, it was 6.1%.

As of Monday afternoon, vaccination appointments are still available at the Orange County Convention Center. Visit for appointment information.


On Wednesday, March 3, 2021, FEMA will open its vaccination hub site at Valencia College West. The site will open 7 days a week, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., administering approx. 2,000 vaccine each day. FEMA has also approved two satellite locations in Orange County that will administer up to 500 vaccines each day, including one at Kelly Park in Apopka that will run March 7th – 10th.

  • Apopka – KELLY PARK (temporary satellite location)

400 E Kelly Park Road, Apopka, FL 32712. Offering appointments beginning March 7-10, 2021, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.. Walk-ins welcome.

  • Valencia College – West College (Hub location)

1800 S. Kirkman Road, Orlando, FL 32811. Offering appointments beginning March 3, 2021, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.. Open 7 days per week.

  • Engelwood Neighborhood Center (temporary satellite location)

6123 La Costa Drive, Orlando, FL 32807Offering appointments beginning March 3-7, 2021, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.. Walk-ins welcome.

Individuals can pre-register for vaccine appointments and be notified when appointments are available in their area by visiting, or by calling the State’s Orange County Vaccination Helpline Line at 833-959-0222.


Earlier on Monday, Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 21-47, which expands eligibility criteria for COVID-19 vaccinations. The Order takes effect on Wednesday, March 3, 2021.

All providers administering any COVID-19 vaccine are able to vaccinate the following population:

  • Persons 65+
  • Long-term care facility residents and staff
  • Health care professions with direct patient contact
  • K-12 school employees who are 50+
  • Sworn law enforcements officers and firefighters who are 50+

In addition, select pharmacies, hospital providers and licensed physicians may vaccinate persons deemed to be extremely vulnerable to COVID-19. Individuals must have documentation by a physician that the patient meets the criteria.

The full Executive Order can be viewed at For vaccination options, visit


Orange County’s Emergency Rental Assistance program launched Monday morning, March 1, 2021, at 10 a.m. By the afternoon:

  • More than 8,000 individuals accessed the program’s information online
  • 939 tenants and landlords  logged into the application portal
  • 369 applications were completed.

The program is investing $33 million dollars of federal funds to support residents who are at risk of eviction due to financial hardships related to COVID-19. Residents who are interested in the program are urged to review all criteria and program details, as some residents may not be eligible due to income or physical addresses located within the City of Orlando limits.

It is Orange County’s hope that this program will assist our most vulnerable residents and their landlords to keep families in their homes.

For program information or to apply, visit


Free testing continues 7 days per week at Barnett Park and at the Orange County Convention Center. The Barnett site is run by Orange County Health Services Department and the Convention Center is one of the state’s regional testing sites. Visit for details.


  1. I just want to make it clear that no appointment is needed at the FEMA site at Valencia College campus off of Kirkman Road. We went there and got in line, and the walk- up line moved very fast. You do not have to do anything as far as scanning codes or pre-registering, there are people there to do that for you. Just bring your ID. They are vaccinating 65 and older, plus school personnel of any age with documentation, that you are a school employee, plus people younger, who are at high risk due to certain health problems, with a doctor’s letter of need, and also first responders, I believe. You move from tent to tent, then you receive your vaccine. I was shocked that long needle didn’t hurt at all. Then you move to another tent with chairs spaced apart, and the national
    guard soldiers have you wait 15 minutes before you leave, to see if you have any adverse reactions to the vaccine. Everyone was super nice, and the national guard troops were the best…so nice, and helpful, but looked so young! God bless the military! If you go, just remember to exit out differently in your vehicle, from the way you came in. You will be given an appointment card to come back for your second booster shot, and it will have the future date on it, and will be at the same site, Valencia campus. It was very organized, and I would urge you to go there, because it is too hard to get a vaccine with required appointments at other places. They will be there the rest of March, is my understanding. Also, there are portable potties set up, even wide ones to accomodate wheel chair residents. You do have to be a Florida resident.

  2. The FEMA site at Valencia West campus gave people the Pfizer covid vaccine shots the day we were there. On tv, it was stated that they also had about 500 Johnson and Johnson vaccines later, and that people could receive whichever ones they wanted, that is, until the J&J vaccines were used up for the day. I would suppose it would be the same at Kelly Park. No mention of the other brand, Moderna.

  3. Apopka News Break indicates that at the Kelly Park FEMA vaccination site it will have 500 J&J vaccines. If Pfizer covid vaccines are to be given out at KP, the article didn’t indicate it….???…..Pfizer vaccine requires another follow up shot to be fully effective, but the J&J vaccine only requires a one time shot. It really is a guessing game to try to outsmart the horrible covid-19 virus and which vaccine to try to get, but the main thing is to try to get at least something to help protect yourself. Good luck on your vaccinations and stay safe……#ApopkaStrong

  4. At Kelly Park they are giving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. It’s a very efficient set-up. We went at 11 AM and only waited for two hours. No appts. It is a drive-thru.


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