100+ Southwest Floridians line up hours early for COVID vaccine in Estero

Vaccine line
Posted at 7:25 AM, Dec 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-28 07:25:45-05

ESTERO, Fla – More than 100 Southwest Floridians are lined up at the Estero Park and Recreation Center, hoping to be among the 300 who receive COVID-19 vaccinations Monday.

This first round of Lee County’s vaccination rollout is for those 65 and older and frontline health care workers.

The vaccinations will begin at 2:00 p.m., but people started lining up as early as 7:00 p.m. Sunday night. Others arrived around 4:00 a.m. Monday morning. Many packed coolers, snacks, and chairs to wait in line for hours.

More vaccine sites will become available Tuesday and Wednesday. See the full list of Lee County vaccination sites here. The Moderna vaccination is the one being administered at these locations.

After Wednesday, more than 2,000 of our community's most vulnerable people will have received the first dose. The shots are free and the Department of Health said you don't need an appointment.

If you’re one of the 300 who gets vaccinated Monday, remember that is just dose one. The county says to immediately schedule your second dose, which should take place one month after the first.