ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Orange County is working with Orange County Public Schools to help vaccinate children against COVID-19 when the vaccine eligibility age drops.
They’re working together on a strategy to put new pods in the best locations for not only this age group, but for the families that may have a difficult time getting the shots on their own.
On Wednesday, a federal advisory committee will vote on inoculating kids ages 12 to 15, and once it recommends that age group, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expected to adopt the recommendation.
That means you could be able to sign your child up for a shot by the beginning of next week.
Epidemiologist Alvina Chu said adding thousands of new people to the eligible population will help reach the 70% vaccination rate the county’s aiming for to remove masks.
“We’ll take a look at those numbers and we’ll continue to monitor that. And we’ll also keep an eye out on the precent positivity, which is also one indicator of the transmission that’s happening in our community,” Chu said.