FDOH in Lee, DeSoto book all vaccine appointments for Jan. 28, 29

Writer: Joey Pellegrino
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The Florida Department of Health-Lee and Lee County government announced there is enough vaccine supply to schedule around 2,500 appointments for Friday at the county’s site near Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW), according to a Lee County press release.

The appointment line opened at 9 a.m. Wednesday and all appointments were filled by 10:35 a.m.

When those with appointments arrive, a Florida Driver License or Florida Identification Card will be required, or two additional documents. Visit Lee County’s vaccine webpage 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.

MORE: Complete vaccination statistics are available online

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.

FDOH-DeSoto has a phone number and an online registration platform for making appointments, but they reported Wednesday morning that there were technical issues with the website, so people were urged to call the phone line.

All appointments in DeSoto were booked by 11 a.m.

The Department of Health in DeSoto County received 250 vaccines for distribution this week to individuals, 65 and older.

LINKDeSoto County vaccine resource page

Drive-thru vaccination appointments there will take place on Thursday, Jan. 28, starting at 10:00 a.m., at the Turner Center, 2250 NE Roan Street, in Arcadia. (Note: You must have an appointment to receive a vaccine.)

RESOURCE: WINK News is working by the minute on a daily basis to bring our coverage areas in Southwest Florida the latest COVID-19 vaccine information from the counties you live in.

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