Seminole County rolls out COVID-19 vaccine booster program

SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. — Seminole County began rolling out its booster shot program Wednesday morning for those who are immunocompromised.

More than 300 shots were given on Wednesday.

At Eastbrook Park in Altamonte Springs, the event was booked solid. Even before it was announced publicly, people were registering for the booster shot.

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In Seminole County, about 7% of the population is immunocompromised.

Mindy Machock and her husband Dan White were some of the first to book appointments to get the booster shot. White is a double-lung transplant recipient.

“When I go out and do things, we are both immunized. And that way, I come home, I don’t have as much worry that he is going to get sick,” Machock said. “Because with a double-lung transplant, that could probably be fatal.”

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White said by getting the shot, it provides a little more peace of mind as the delta variant surges.

“It’s important to me because Mindy is my caregiver, and if she gets sick, what do I do?” White said. “So they are not just impacting an individual, they are taking out a whole family.”

Seminole County began preparing to distribute the booster shots of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine months ago.

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About 64% of the eligible population is vaccinated in Seminole County.

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Jeff Levkulich joined the Eyewitness News team as a reporter in June 2015.

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