More than 30K people register for COVID-19 vaccine at Orange County Convention Center

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Orange County is at the start of a huge undertaking this week. Workers at the convention center started giving people 65 and older the COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday.

More than 30,000 people have already reserved their spot in line. There are no more appointments available.

Workers hope to avoid some of the confusion they saw Tuesday.

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Many people waited in lengthy lines for the vaccine, but local leaders are calling the lines a win.

As of Tuesday, 1,500 people in Orange County received the first round of the COVID-19 vaccine at the convention center.

The goal is to vaccinate 1,500 people a day. At last check, there were 30,000 reservations lined up. The portal to register had to shut down because the demand was so high.

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In order to get into the line, people had to register and make an appointment.

One couple told Channel 9 they ran into a glitch and never received a confirmation but they did get a barcode.

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With anything new, the health department said hiccups will happen.

Anyone getting vaccinated should be prepared to wait. A couple waited in line for almost 2 1/2 hours.

The location is offering the Moderna vaccine. Those who get the shot will need to get the second round 28 days later.

Katlyn Brieskorn, WFTV.com

Katlyn Brieskorn is a Digital Assignment Editor at WFTV. She joined Channel 9 in July 2019.