Friday, February 19, 2021
A message from Paul Rooney, Assistant Vice President, Operations
Today, Governor DeSantis announced that Valencia College has been selected as one of four vaccination sites in Florida by our federal and state emergency management and healthcare leaders. As part of a new, national vaccination program focused on improving vaccine access in socially vulnerable communities, the West Campus will serve as the physical location for federal and state COVID-19 response teams to administer vaccinations and provide centralized outreach within the surrounding communities. The vaccination site is scheduled to open on West Campus beginning on Wednesday, March 3, 2021, and is expected to remain a vaccination site for at least eight weeks.
During this time, we anticipate increased traffic on campus as this service is provided to our community. Over 200 workers will be on campus to facilitate the setup and administration of vaccinations. Currently, we are planning for the vaccination site to be set up in Parking Lots E, F and G on the West Campus and we do not expect faculty, staff and students to come into contact with individuals on campus for vaccinations. Our federal and state partners will not be using any interior facilities while on campus, including restrooms, and they will provide their own security, power and other resources needed within the assigned parking lots.
Please know that while we are honored to host and work with our partners, Valencia College will not be involved with the operations (setup, determining eligibility, scheduling, etc.) or administration of the vaccines. The entire operation will be run by state and federal teams in designated parking areas.
At present, the site is planned to be open for healthcare workers with direct patient contact, staff and residents of long-term care facilities, and individuals age 65 or older. 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.
Additional details about the West Campus vaccination site, including but not limited to operations, resources, and traffic flow and parking instructions, will be shared with you via email as more information becomes available. Please feel free to reach out to me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or call my cell at 321-689-7077 if you have questions.