Beginning today, Florida residents 50 and older qualify for a COVID-19 vaccination. Last week Gov. Ron DeSantis expanded COVID-19 vaccine eligibility throughout the state of Florida to include everyone 50 and older. The governor made the announcement during a news briefing in Tallahassee.
“I think the demand has been relatively modest certainly much more modest than it was at the end of December when we were doing the 65 And plus,” Desantis shared during the news conference. “So we think that this makes sense and I think we’ll see how it goes next week, but I think we will definitely be opening it up to everybody, certainly before May 1 and, and maybe much sooner than that, so stay tuned there.”
That announcement was made not long after Orlando Jerry Mayor Demmings announced that anyone 40 and older will be able to receive a vaccine at the Orange County Convention Center.
According to the governor Florida is expected to receive an additional 42,000 doses of the Johnson and Johnson single-dose vaccine next week.
It is expected that Florida will receive 286,650 more doses of the Pfizer vaccine and 208,000 doses of Moderna, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The governor also stressed his plans to expand Florida’s vaccination efforts with retail pharmacies in the coming weeks.
Those interested in scheduling a first dose vaccination at the county site, located at Centro Cristiano Dios De Pactos Church, 1130 Simmons Road, Kissimmee, should pre-register at https://myvaccine.fl.gov or call 866-201-6507. Residents will be contacted by our vendor to schedule their first dose appointment. Health Department staff will schedule the second dose appointment.
A limited amount of COVID-19 vaccinations will be available at select Walmart and Publix pharmacies in Osceola County. Vaccinations for eligible residents* must be scheduled directly with these businesses via their retail website. (Please note that there is tremendous demand for the vaccine and a limited supply.)
To schedule, a vaccination with Publix, visit: https://www.publix.com/covid-vaccine/florida
Publix – 29 Blake Blvd., Celebration
Publix – 3221 Vineland Rd., Kissimmee
Publix – 3372 Canoe Creek Rd., St. Cloud
Publix – 4401 13 Street, St. Cloud
Publix – 3040 Dyer Blvd., Kissimmee
Publix – 3343 South Orange Blossom Trail, Kissimmee
Publix – 841 Cypress Parkway, Poinciana
Publix – 1910 N. John Young Parkway, Kissimmee
Publix – 1951 South Narcoossee Rd., St. Cloud
Publix – 3839 Pleasant Hill Rd., Kissimmee
Publix – 2338 E. Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy., Kissimmee
Publix – 2625 Simpson Rd., Kissimmee
To schedule, a vaccination with Walmart, visit: www.walmart.com/COVIDvaccine
Walmart – 1471 E. Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee
Walmart – 904 Cypress Parkway, Kissimmee (Poinciana)
Osceola County’s Office of Emergency Management is working together with the Florida Department of Health on a distribution plan for the COVID-19 vaccine. Due to limited supplies, the vaccine will first be available to select groups, including healthcare workers and those in long-term care facilities, before wider community distribution. Updates regarding vaccine availability in Osceola County will be shared here.
Please register with Alert Osceola to ensure you receive important updates as the vaccine becomes more available to our community.
Night Lite Pediatrics Urgent Care will begin providing COVID-19 vaccinations at their office located at 1267 W Osceola Pkwy, Kissimmee. on Tuesday, March 23, 2021.
Vaccinations will be offered by appointment only Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Appointments can be made at https://www.nightlitepediatrics.com or by calling 407-569-0220.