COVID-19 vaccinations could be available within a matter of days for the Orlando area. AdventHealth believes they can begin doing so on Monday or Tuesday with FDA approval.
An FDA advisory panel is spending Thursday discussing Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine and with their recommendation, the FDA could grant the Pfizer emergency use authorization for the vaccine by the end of the week. AdventHealth will be one of the first hospitals in the state to get vaccines.
During a weekly briefing on Thursday, Dr. Steven Smith said plans have been put in place to administer vaccinations.
Vaccine distribution would occur very rapidly, so we’re anticipating potentially as early as Monday or Tuesday of next week.
– Dr. Steven Smith
AdventHealth Orlando is one of five hospitals in the state selected to store and distribute Florida’s initial allotment of a vaccine.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis says the five hospitals are expected to receive a total of 100,000 doses during the first shipment.
“We’re not going to store the vaccines for very long,” Smith said. “We’re going to get them in, get them out and then another shipment will follow that.”
Frontline healthcare workers will be one of the first groups to receive vaccinations.
Smith said stations have been set up across Central Florida for AdventHealth workers to receive some of the first doses.
Florida residents will hear more updates soon regarding the vaccine availability in Orlando area.
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