COVID-19 Vaccination Update

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

A Message from Paul Rooney, Assistant Vice President, Operations

The West Campus state/FEMA COVID site is now administering the Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine to people 18 years and older. All federally operated vaccination sites in the state, including Valencia’s, have switched to the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Individuals who have already received a first dose of the Pfizer vaccine, the only vaccine approved in persons 16 and older, will be guaranteed a second dose, but FEMA is not administering first doses of the Pfizer vaccine at this time.

Vaccines will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis, and approximately 3,000 doses will be administered daily. If you’re scheduled for your second dose of the Pfizer vaccine, please do your best to keep your appointment. Also, please bring your vaccination card to your appointment.

Please note that while Valencia will not administer vaccines to 16- and 17-year-olds, they are still eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine at other state sites.

Vaccines are being distributed from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. or as long as supplies are available each day. Individuals are served on a first-come, first-served, walk-up basis. When coming to the West Campus for the vaccine, please remember to use the North entrance (the entrance nearest Wawa).

Although pre-registration is not necessary, the state has a preregistration system for COVID-19 vaccinations. To preregister in Florida, individuals can either call the designated phone number for their county or visit myvaccine.fl.gov.

As details about the West Campus state/FEMA COVID vaccination site are rapidly evolving, please check Central Florida’s local news websites for future updates. You can also stay updated on vaccine site locations on the Florida Department of HealthOrange County Government and Osceola County Government websites.

As you’re planning your vaccination, a reminder that for a limited time, Valencia College will provide a maximum of 12 hours of paid time off for employees (on an as-needed basis) to receive the COVID-19 vaccination and/or recover from the side effects. For details, click here.

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