Seminole County sees thousands of vacant COVID-19 vaccine appointments

OVIEDO, Fla. — Health officials in Seminole County said they have thousands of COVID-19 vaccine appointments available Friday afternoon and into next week.

It’s a big change from what the Oviedo Mall vaccine site usually sees.

Now county leaders are looking at phasing out the Oviedo Mall location.

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No timetable has been given for when the mall vaccine site will close for good, but officials said they are looking at smaller, more convenient locations.

“Ironically tomorrow is sold out, so it looks like people are getting appointments when it is convenient,” said Seminole County Emergency Manager Alan Harris. “People aren’t necessarily against the vaccine, but they just want to do it on their time.”

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Harris said convenience is the key; in fact, moving forward, they are looking at changes.

“We are looking at downsizing of course moving from the large department type store to a smaller store looking at where we will need to be.”

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Harris said they will still be open at the current site for second doses, but they are looking at communities where the vaccines may be in higher demand.

It’s unclear how long the Oviedo Mall site will stay open and if there are plans to lower the age requirement.

Jeff Levkulich

Jeff Levkulich, WFTV.com

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