Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis held a press conference on Monday at Orlando Health South Seminole Hospital where he shared more details on the progress of the COVID-19 vaccinations statewide, and upcoming vaccination sites – to include Orlando Health St. Cloud Hospital.

During the conference, he said he wants Florida to convert some of its current COVID testing sites into COVID vaccination sites. He mentioned schools, churches, and other locations where people can get the vaccine efficiently and effectively, and look into the most productive way to provide vaccinations at long-term care facilities.

DeSantis went on to say that in the Central Florida area the Moderna vaccine will be offered at Orlando Health’s St. Cloud location, Dr. Phillips, Winnie Palmer, Central, and South Lake.

Florida’s governor said he wants vaccination sites to be open seven days a week.

Since December 18, Orlando Health has successfully administered thousands of doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in accordance with the governor’s executive order. With an established process in place, they want to rapidly and effectively administer the COVID-19 vaccine they have to even more members of our community.

Orlando Health vaccination events have now been expanded to include:

All front-line healthcare professionals not affiliated with Orlando Health (including dental staffs and EMS)
Residents and staff at nursing homes and assisted living facilities who have been unable to get vaccinated
Appointments are required. Healthcare professionals can schedule a Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at any of six Orlando Health facilities by visiting https://vaccine.orlandohealth.com. Appointments are available on a first-come basis. No walk-ups will be accepted.

The Moderna vaccine requires two doses spaced 4 weeks apart. Scheduling for dose 1 and dose 2 of the vaccine is required.

Beginning January 11, Orlando Health will again extend its vaccine reach by inviting patients of the healthcare system to receive the COVID-19 vaccine if they are:

  • 65 or older
  • At increased risk due to chronic medical conditions
  • More details on how to schedule these appointments will be forthcoming.

Additionally, Orlando Health is in conversations with the region’s Medicare Advantage plans to offer them vaccines (not vaccinations) for their patient populations.