provided to The Santiva Chronicle
FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Florida Department of Health-Lee and Lee County government announced today, Jan. 26, that there is enough vaccine supply to schedule about 2,500 appointments for Friday, Jan. 29, at the county’s site near the airport.
Beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday, people can call toll-free 866-200-3468. This is the same phone line the state vendor, Tidal Basin, used the last two weeks.
The phone line will not accept appointments before 9 a.m. Wednesday. The reservation slots are expected to be claimed quickly, likely within minutes.
When people make appointments, the state vendor, Tidal Basin, will prompt them to provide their ZIP code. Only people with appointments will be vaccinated this week at the site, which is off Daniels Parkway near Southwest Florida International Airport. Appointments are available for seniors 65 and older and frontline healthcare workers at this time.
When those with appointments arrive, a Florida Driver License or Florida Identification Card will be required, or two additional documents. Visit www.leegov.com/vaccine for examples of acceptable documents. The county and its partners – FDOH-Lee and the Lee County Sheriff’s Office – anticipate the site will run expeditiously.
Florida residency documentation does not apply to first doses for healthcare providers. It also does not apply to individuals receiving their second dose. More than 5,700 individuals have appointments scheduled at the site for second doses Wednesday and Thursday this week.
The state vendor is making calls this week to schedule second doses for individuals who were vaccinated from Jan. 5 through Jan. 9. Second doses will be administered for those with appointments on Feb. 3 and Feb. 4. People who are due for second doses the week of Feb. 8 will be contacted and scheduled at a future date.
Individuals receiving their first dose on Friday will leave the site with a scheduled time and date for their second dose. The time will be the same time of day they were scheduled for their first dose. The information will be noted on the COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card each person receives. FDOH-Lee and the county started using this second-dose scheduling method last week.
The state continues to work on rolling out an online reservation system. This week, calling the phone number to reserve an appointment remains the only option in Lee County.
Complete vaccination statistics are available at https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/
About the vaccination site:
• The site is east of Interstate 75 off Daniels Parkway at the old airport terminal parking lot. Message boards are in place to direct traffic.
• People are asked to arrive no more than 45 minutes before their assigned vaccination time.
• Those with reservations can expedite the process by arriving prepared: visit www.leegov.com/vaccine to read the Moderna vaccination information and to print and complete the consent form.
• Social distancing and masks are encouraged; take into account weather conditions. Portable toilets, handwashing stations, drinking water and some chairs will be available.
• The following will not be permitted: Recreational Vehicles, campers or trailers. Only service animals will be permitted in the vaccination area. This is not a drive-thru site.
• The site is ADA compliant.
• Public transportation is available via LeeTran’s regular fixed-route to Southwest Florida International Airport, with a designated LeeTran van that transports individuals to and from the vaccination site.
The state vendor has a Help Line at 888-499-0851. The Help Line is not able to schedule appointments; however, agents can answer questions about the reservation system and other general vaccination questions.
The United Way 2-1-1 hotline remains available for general questions about the vaccination rollout. The hotline is not able to help make reservations or handle pre-registration. Residents are asked to refrain from calling United Way with specific questions for the reservation vendor.
Complete information can be found at www.leegov.com/vaccine. People can visit Lee County Government Facebook and other social media channels (www.leegov.com/socialmedia) or monitor Florida DOH’s Twitter @flhealthlee.