Mobile vaccine clinic for kids to visit Immokalee, 2 Lee County neighborhoods

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School starts in just a few weeks, and the push is on to make sure kids aged 12 and older get the COVID-19 vaccine before hitting the halls.

To help, Golisano Children’s Hospital will have a mobile vaccine clinic on Sunday in Immokalee.

Those between the ages of 12 and 15 aren’t getting vaccinated at the rate experts thought, but thanks to mobile vaccination sites, that’s not the case in our area.

In many communities, people still don’t have easy access to the COVID-19 vaccine, so these mobile sites have made it possible for more than 430 kids to get vaccinated in Lee County.

Angie Holmes, a pediatric nurse with Golisano Children’s Hospital, understands that some parents are still nervous about vaccinating their kids, but she said the mobile clinic team has vaccinated hundreds of people and will make sure everyone feels safe, comfortable, and informed.

“It’s a great feeling to know that we’re helping our community and giving them this opportunity, and some people will walk up and they’re so nervous to get the vaccine and they may be nervous of needles. Just know that we are all pediatric trained and work in the pediatric field,” she said.

“The CDC is recommending for children especially going to school to get the vaccine because they may or may not be around children that have the vaccine. So it’s a great way to make sure they’re covered.”

Holmes said that although the mobile site is aimed at getting more kids vaccinated, they won’t turn down any other family members who qualify for the vaccine.

Sunday’s clinic will be held at the Immokalee Apartments, 601 W Delaware Ave., from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Two more clinics are planned for Tuesday, July 20:

8:30-11:30 a.m., Bonita Springs Middle Center for the Arts, 10141 W. Terry St.
4-6:30 p.m., Suncoast Estates, 2241 Case Lane, North Fort Myers

A parent or authorized guardian must accompany a minor for vaccination. The second dose will be set for the same location or one nearby.

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