Thousands vaccinated at free UF Health event

Published: Apr. 16, 2021 at 6:15 PM EDT
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) - Thousands of people received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine after UF Health held a free event on the University of Florida campus on Friday.

More than two thousand people were scheduled to receive a vaccination with hundreds more accepted as walk-ins. Leaders with UF Health say that with the space and volunteers on hand, they’re able to vaccinate up to 500 people per hour.

“Our strategy with getting people vaccinated is just to make it as easy as possible,” said Dr. Michael Lauzardo, Director of the UF Health’s Screen, Test and Protect program.

“With each vaccination that kinda gets placed, that’s one step closer to getting back to normal and that’s what we’re real excited to do. And just great to see the continued enthusiasm for vaccines and just getting us closer and getting us to the end of this as soon as we can.”

UF Health plans to hold more vaccination events at Ben Hill Griffin stadium over the next four weeks and will continue to allow walk-ins.

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