Collier vaccine appointments fill up in under 25 minutes

Many left waiting for 2nd week
Posted at 8:35 PM, Jan 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-18 20:35:54-05

COLLIER COUNTY — We’re continuing to listen to concerns about registering for the COVID-19 vaccine.

More than 20 people reached out to us Monday, frustrated with the sign-up process in Collier County.

At North Collier Regional Park, the Florida Department of Heatlh with be giving out another 2,000 shots this week, but that’s just a fraction of the people who want one. The registration system was open at 9:00 a.m. Then 24 minutes later, FDOH announced it was full.

"It just seems to me that there has to be a better system," said Judie Stoll.

Judie and her husband Brian were on their iPads right at 9:00 a.m., but they still don’t have an appointment. After two weeks of trying, they just want something to show for their efforts.

"I think that anybody that got into Eventbrite and was in that waiting queue should be told you’re next up," said Judie Stoll.

We also spoke with Kay Girbert, who is trying to get an appointment in Collier County as well. She’s having the same problems.

"It’s just so terribly frustrating because there isn’t a time or a place where you feel you can log in and you feel it will be observed and you can count on it," said Girbert.

Girbert said she canceled her plans Monday morning so she could be ready in front of her computer. She said she would like to see a way to register for future dates.

"It doesn’t have to be today or tomorrow. It could be next week, but at least you know that you have a time, and you put that time aside, and nothing interferes with it," said Girbert.

FDOH was not able to answer our questions Monday due to the Martin Luther King Day holiday, but we are going to continue to bring your concerns to the Department and get you answers. We’re working to learn how many more vaccines are going to be made available in Collier County next week, and if a registration system that would allow you to pick dates in the future is in the works.