Appointments to open Wednesday for COVID-19 vaccines in Lee County – Wink News


The FDOH-Lee and Lee County officials say they will begin scheduling appointments on Wednesday for more COVID-19 vaccinations this week.

There is enough vaccine supply to schedule about 5,800 appointments for Thursday, Jan. 21, and Friday, Jan. 22.

Beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, people can call 866-200-3468 to schedule an appointment. This is the same phone line the state vendor, Tidal Basin, used last week.

The phone line will not accept appointments before 9 a.m. Wednesday. The reservation slots are expected to be claimed quickly, likely within minutes.

Tidal Basin representatives say people who are on the phone will either be scheduled for appointments while on the line, or they will be prompted to leave their contact information to receive a callback. Some people will receive a message that all slots are full, once that occurs.

Only people with appointments will be vaccinated this week at the old RSW terminal site, which is off Daniels Parkway near Southwest Florida International Airport. Appointments are available for seniors 65 and older and frontline healthcare workers only at this 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. For safety and security, county government and Lee County Sheriff’s Office staff are on site.

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.

FDOH-Lee administered nearly 9,000 doses during last week alone at the site. Complete vaccination statistics are available at https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/.

More than 19,000 people have been vaccinated at FDOH-Lee’s county sites since Dec. 28.

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.

Visit our COVID-19 vaccine schedules and information for SWFL story for rolling vaccine updates.

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