As part of a statewide initiative to increase outreach to minority communities, Osceola County’s first “Spoke Site” opened today (Wednesday, March 3, 2021) at the St. Cloud Civic Center. The site can provide up to 500 doses a day to area residents.
No appointment is needed but individuals still need to be in one of the qualified groups identified by the Governor’s Executive Order, including K-12 School Employees, Sworn Law Enforcement, and Firefighters (50 years and older). Those who are 65 and older are also qualified to receive their first vaccination at this site.
The St. Cloud site will be open through Friday, March 5 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Individuals can pre-register on-line at commvax.patientportalfl.com.
The County is working with FEMA and the Florida Division of Emergency Management to utilize the Mary Jane Arrington Gym and Aquatic Center as the “Spoke Site” for next week. This site will be open March 10-13, also from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
“I’m glad that Osceola was selected to serve as a FEMA Spoke location for two months to help better increase our outreach to minority areas in the county,” said Osceola Commission Chairman Brandon Arrington. “Osceola County has been responding to the COVID-19 pandemic for a year now and we’ve done everything possible for residents and businesses with millions of dollars in assistance awarded. Now, making sure our residents have access to the vaccine is our top priority. I’m confident that better days are ahead for us.”
The options to receive a vaccine are increasing. In addition to private pharmacies on a state list, Osceola County’s State-supported Mini-Minority Mission that is targeted to the underserved and minority population in Kissimmee continues at Chambers Park from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., 7 days a week. There is no appointment needed but those seeking vaccinations must still fall in the qualified groups of the Executive Order. This site is open for a two-month period ending on April 30th.
The Florida Department of Health in Osceola continues to operate a vaccination site at Centro Cristiano Dios De Pactos Church located at 1130 Simmons Road, Kissimmee, FL 34744. Appointments are required for these events. Florida residents may pre-register for a COVID-19 vaccination by visiting https://myvaccine.fl.gov/
For those with vaccine appointments but without transportation, LYNX has partnered to transport residents to this vaccine site for free. The Osceola County Office of Emergency Management is coordinating this service. Residents need to call 407-742-0000 between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. during the week to schedule a ride. Please allow 48-hour notice to schedule a ride