More hope to be next for first dose in Lee County, others with concerns for second dose

Reporter: Breana Ross Writer: Jack Lowenstein
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More opportunities for those eligible to receive coronavirus vaccines are available in Lee County Wednesday.

The Jewells hope the middle of the week is their big moment filled with new opportunities for a vaccine. Steve Jewell scored his appointment through the VA. Now, his wife hopes for one spot for her shot too.

“We’ve got the day planned out so both of us can work either the computer or the phone,” Sara Jewell said. “Whatever we have to do.”

They planned to start bright and early at 6 a.m. with Publix. If that fails, they’ll be ready to try the Lee County phone line and the DeSoto county phone and online system at 9 a.m.

“There’s two of them at 9 o’clock, so she will be on one computer, and I will be on the other,” Steven said with a laugh.

If they still don’t get that golden ticket, they said they will try Marco Island’s online system at 2 p.m.

“If it doesn’t work, then, we just have to try again,” Sara said. “It’s frustrating, but I also think we have no choice but to be patient.”

Susan Geoghegan plans to spend her morning trying for a vaccine too. She just got her shot at Publix, but she needs an appointment for her husband who has COPD.

“It’s in its very early stages, but you know, he just turned 80, so I’m concerned,” Geohegan said.

After her success with Publix, Geoghegan is confident about Wednesday.

“I’m starting to feel a little more optimistic,” Geohegan said.

We received calls in the newsroom Tuesday night from people who said their second dose appointments in Lee County are being canceled or changed.

It’s something that has many worried and wondering if there’s still a shot for them to complete their doses.

“I was very surprised at this and very frustrated because, until you get that second one, you’re really not protected,” Tom Olsen said.

Lee County told us it’s not responsible for the schedule; the state is.

We were told Florida Department of Health in Lee County has enough vaccine doses for everyone who is due to get their second shots this week.

We reached out to the state, and we’re waiting to hear back.

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