UCF receives 6,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses, will start vaccinating students this week

ORLANDO, Fla. — The University of Central Florida is set to start vaccinating its students this week after receiving 6,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine.

Monday marked the first day that Floridians age 16 and older were eligible to receive the shot.

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University officials said the 6,000 doses will be made available to students living in the Orlando area during a clinic on campus at the Pegasus Ballroom this week.

Officials said more information about the event will be forwarded directly to eligible students.

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Dr. Michael Deichen, associate vice president of UCF Student Health Services, released a statement on Monday urging students living both in the Orlando area and outside of the region to look into vaccination opportunities near them.

“Achieving wide community vaccination is such a critical element to our ability to end this pandemic and all be together again,” Deichen said in the statement. “I know how badly our students are craving a return to normal, and vaccines are key in getting us there.”

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Click here to read more about the university’s vaccination efforts.

UCF has received enough vaccine from the Florida Department of Health (DOH) in Orange County to provide both doses of...

Posted by University of Central Florida on Monday, April 5, 2021

Sarah Wilson, WFTV.com

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.