Photos By: Duane C. Fernandez Sr. / Hardnotts Photography L.L.C.
With high demand anticipated for Volusia County’s first COVID-19 vaccination distribution event at Daytona Stadium last week, the Daytona Beach Police Department had developed a comprehensive traffic plan for safety and efficiency purposes.
People 65 years old and older were directed to enter through the north entrance of Daytona Stadium, located at 3917 LPGA Blvd. Gates opened at approximately 7 a.m. and vehicles were queued in the parking areas. There was ample parking capacity at the stadium’s 64-acre site to que hundreds of vehicles. Vaccinations began at 9 a.m.
Restrooms on the north side of the stadium were available for use and two handicapped porta potties were onsite.
There were electronic message boards strategically placed along LPGA Blvd. alerting and directing motorists. Personnel stationed were at the facility’s north entrance to count the number of people accessing the facility, and once the number of people seeking vaccines were met at the allocated quantity, gates will close and the message boards’ announcements would reflect the closure.
Please note while this was the first vaccine distribution event in Volusia County, it wasn’t the last. We were ensured by our partners at the Florida Department of Health-Volusia that their would be additional public vaccination sites across Volusia County as more vaccines become available over the days and weeks ahead. Sites will rotate through areas on both sides of Volusia County to improve access for everyone.