How Orange County is preparing for vaccine eligibility for children ages 12 to 15

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.

READ: OCPS Medical Advisory Committee preparing for public forum on COVID-19 response, vaccinating kids

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.

READ: When can 12- to 15-year-olds get the Pfizer vaccine; what are the risks; will schools require it?

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.

READ: UCF no longer requires students to wear masks on campus


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Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.