ORLANDO, Fla. — People stopping by the Orlando Science Center on Saturday got an extra dose of science — in their arms.

What You Need To Know

  • Visitors to the Orlando Science Center could get a COVID vaccination Saturday

  • Individuals who got the shot received a free ticket to the center

  • The event was part of a nationwide collaboration to encourage vaccinations

The Science Center partnered with the Florida Department of Health to offer Pfizer-brand COVID-19 vaccinations for adults and adolescents 12 years old and up Saturday.

Along with the shots in the arm, the science center also had informational and educational activities and games to teach children about the importance of vaccines and why they help protect people from viruses.

Orlando Science Center Vice President of Marketing Jeff Stanford says with so much misinformation out there about the vaccine, the best way to get people to roll up their sleeves is if they understand it first.

“And the only way people will partake in taking vaccinations is if they fully understand it, feel comfortable with it and have confidence in it,” Stanford says. “So really, what we’re doing here, as much as it’s important to provide access to vaccines, it’s equally as important to raise awareness and share information so people have confidence in the vaccine."

Along with the free dose of Pfizer, individuals who got vaccinated at the science center Saturday also got a free ticket to come back and visit. 

Saturday’s vaccination event was part of “Communities for Immunity,” a national collaboration with museums and libraries nationwide to help encourage getting the shot.