Calls lead to confusion for those awaiting second dose from FDOH-Lee

Reporter: Anika Henanger Writer: Jackie Winchester
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FILE – In this file photo dated Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020, a bottle of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on a table before being utilized in Topeka, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

You’re all set to get your second COVID-19 shot, but then you get a call saying that the appointment was canceled.

Emails sent to us by some WINK viewers show what the confusion was all about. Operators said those people weren’t eligible – without explanation – but it turns out they were.

It’s hard to say exactly who’s to blame for the confusion, but we do know a lot of people with a confirmed appointment for a second dose got a call saying it had been canceled. If they showed up at Lee County’s vaccination site anyway, they got their shot, no hassle, no problem.

Tom Olsen survived cancer, so he wasn’t going to give up his second shot of the COVID-19 vaccine without a fight.

He got a call Tuesday saying he wasn’t due a second dose, but those hours he spent waiting in line and the pinch he got in his arm said he was. Plus, he had the paperwork. So, he showed up at the vaccine site despite the fact he was told not to. His wife had an appointment for her second shot, so he walked with her and found out his name was on the list all along.

Olsen is far from the only one to go through this, and because so many people got the cancelation call, the FDOH in Lee County tweeted that all second doses for Wednesday and Thursday are confirmed. No one could tell us why those calls went out in the first place.

So, if you’re scheduled for a second dose at the FDOH site in Lee County, you should show up to receive it.

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