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Southwest Florida COVID-19 vaccination sites and information

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Posted at 6:59 PM, Dec 29, 2020
and last updated 2021-01-27 10:02:24-05

The following are local COVID-19 vaccination sites available in Southwest Florida:

Southwest Florida

Governor DeSantis announced that several Publix locations throughout Southwest Florida will be carrying the coronavirus vaccine.

Appointments opened up at 6 am on January 27th but were all booked quickly.

Additional appointments can be made online only.

As more vaccines become available more appointment times will open.

LEE COUNTY

The Florida Department of Health-Lee (FDOH) and Lee County government are scheduling about 2,500 appointments for Friday, Jan. 29, at the county’s site near the airport.

At 9 a.m., Wednesday, people can call toll-free 866-200-3468. This is the same phone line the state vendor, Tidal Basin, used the last two weeks.

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

When people make appointments, the state vendor, Tidal Basin, will prompt them to provide their ZIP code. Only people with appointments will be vaccinated this week at the site, which is off Daniels Parkway near Southwest Florida International Airport. Appointments are available for seniors 65 and older and frontline healthcare workers at this time.

When those with appointments arrive, a Florida Driver License or Florida Identification Card will be required, or two additional documents. Visitwww.leegov.com/vaccine for examples of acceptable documents.

Florida residency documentation does not apply to first doses for healthcare providers. It also does not apply to individuals receiving their second dose. More than 5,700 individuals have appointments scheduled at the site for second doses Wednesday and Thursday this week.

The state vendor is making calls this week to schedule second doses for individuals who were vaccinated from Jan. 5 through Jan. 9. Second doses will be administered for those with appointments on Feb. 3 and Feb. 4. People who are due for second doses the week of Feb. 8 will be contacted and scheduled at a future date.

Individuals receiving their first dose on Friday will leave the site with a scheduled time and date for their second dose. The time will be the same time of day they were scheduled for their first dose. The information will be noted on the COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card each person receives. FDOH-Lee and the county started using this second-dose scheduling method last week.

The state continues to work on rolling out an online reservation system. This week, calling the phone number to reserve an appointment remains the only option in Lee County.

About the vaccination site:
The site is east of Interstate 75 off Daniels Parkway at the old airport terminal parking lot. Message boards are in place to direct traffic.

Please arrive no more than 45 minutes before the assigned vaccination 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.

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.

Public transportation is available via LeeTran’s regular fixed-route to Southwest Florida International Airport, with a designated LeeTran van that transports individuals to and from the vaccination site.

Further assistance:
The state vendor has a Help Line at 888-499-0851. The Help Line is not able to schedule appointments; however, agents can answer questions about the reservation system and other general vaccination questions.

The United Way 2-1-1 hotline remains available for general questions about the vaccination rollout. The hotline is not able to help make reservations or handle pre-registration. Residents are asked to refrain from calling United Way with specific questions for the reservation vendor.

Complete information can be found at www.leegov.com/vaccine.

Lee Health’s switchboard has been overwhelmed with people calling to make appointments for vaccination. The health system is asking the community to discontinue calls to Lee Physician Group for vaccination appointments so that people who need to reach the hospitals may do so. The limited supply of vaccinations for patients in Lee Physician Group offices is spoken for at this time. Lee Health will let the community know when more become available.


CHARLOTTE COUNTY
The Florida Department of Health in Charlotte County launched a call center Tuesday for COVID-19 vaccine appointments. Appointments may now be made by calling 866-200-9160 (or 833-990-3549 for TTY users).

Appointments are based on vaccine availability. New appointment openings will be announced in advance.

To receive a text message about vaccine appointment openings, text CharCoCares to 888-777.

Appointments for second doses will be provided when first doses are received.

COVID-19 vaccinations are being offered to high-risk frontline healthcare workers and to those 65 and older.

The drive-through clinic is located at the Harold Ave Regional Park, 23400 Harold Ave.,in Port Charlotte. Appointments are required.

There is no fee for the vaccine. Identification is required. If you are a healthcare worker, please bring identification and a copy of your ID badge or a current paystub.

The Department of Health is following the state Surgeon General’s Public Health Advisory, which requires every vaccine provider in Florida to ensure every recipient is either a resident of Florida or is a frontline healthcare worker providing services in Florida.

Florida residency requirements:

  • Valid Florida driver license or Florida identification card

OR

  • Two of the following items:
    • A deed, mortgage, monthly mortgage statement, mortgage payment booklet or residential rental or lease agreement.
    • A utility hook up or work order that is not more than two months old.
    • A utility bill that is not more than two months old.
    • Mail from a bank or other financial institution, including checking, savings, or investment account statements, that is not more than two months old.
    • Mail from a government agency that is not more than two months old.

COLLIER COUNTY

DOH-Collier has begun to send notifications to those who are eligible for the 2nd dose of the Moderna vaccine. There are designated days for 2nd doses. Please DO NOT schedule more appointments than you need. DOH-Collier was allocated a set amount of 2nd dose vaccine for those who received the 1st dose.

The Florida Department of Health and Collier County government have announced that the reservation line for COVID-19 vaccinations has CLOSED.

Please do not call the reservation phone line at this time.

The reservation line will reopen when the state allocates more vaccines for Collier County.

COVID-19 testing has been canceled for all sites.

For more information regarding COVID-19, visit floridahealthcovid19.gov/.

DOH-Collier is aware of Eventbrite scams throughout the state. Please note: DOH-Collier will not ask for your social security number, credit card information, or bank information. Furthermore, DOH-Collier is not charging for the vaccine. If a site you are using is asking for payment information, please DO NOT provide this information and report the issue.

NCH used the initial allocation of 4,900 doses of the Moderna vaccine and continues to administer second doses with the latest allotment obtained from the state on Jan. 14, following the vaccine administration guidelines outlined in the Governor’s executive order.

All doses in their second vaccine allotment are reserved for the 4,900 individuals who already received their first Moderna vaccine at NCH.

NCH asks the community to refrain from calling physician offices for the vaccine. The state has not released any vaccine to the physicians associated or employed by NCH. Community physicians do not have any vaccine nor do they have special access to the vaccines available through state or community agencies authorized by the state to administer it.

Marco Island

Marco Island's vaccine clinic's appointments will open up today at 2 pm and be made by clicking here.

The appointment will be for the vaccine on Friday 29th at Mackle Park. It is a walk-up site.

City of Naples

The City of Naples will open vaccine reservations at 10:00 am EST until the first 500 calls.

To make a reservation, please call: (239) 260-3087.

Vaccinations will be given from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at Fire Station One on 835 8th Ave S., Naples, FL 34102.

The City will provide a phone call to message service that will accommodate 100 concurrent callers at a time. The 101 callers will receive a busy signal and should try to call back. Calls must be made within the period that the reservation system is active.

Due to the limited number of vaccines the City will receive, only the first 500 callers will be placed in a “registered” group who will then be contacted by a City employee to verify eligibility and set up an appointment. Please be patient.

Once the caller is in the messaging system, the callers will be asked only to leave their name as it appears on their government-issued identification and a call back number! No additional message or information should be left. This will reduce the time callers are in the queue, allowing more callers to connect before receiving the busy signal.

They ask you to leave only your name and call back number.

A City of Naples staff member will call each person back in the order that their call was received. Please be aware that City staff will never ask for personal information (other than the date of birth for eligibility and the consent form), financial insurance information, or social security numbers on the phone. Any information required to administer the vaccine will occur at the vaccination site.

Callers who are not able to get through will have another opportunity to register. Please continue to check the City’s website for future times and dates when the reservation system will be active.

Naples Police will confirm your appointment, and registration paperwork will be provided to you. If you arrive too early for your appointment, you will not be allowed to enter the checkpoint site.

Once your appointment time arrives, please bring the completed paperwork into the Fire Station apparatus bay to the registration table. Face Masks are required. If you do not have a face mask, one will be provided. Your paperwork will be checked, and you will receive your vaccination card.

Once all paperwork is confirmed, and you have signed the consent form, you will move to the next available vaccination table to receive the vaccine.

After the vaccine is administered, you will be required to go to the observation area for 15 minutes. Please advise onsite Firefighters of any issues you may be experiencing from the vaccine.

After you have been in the observation area for 15 minutes and have shown no signs of a reaction, you will be allowed to leave the site. Please follow the directions given by Naples Police.

Remember you are receiving the Moderna vaccine and will need to return to this vaccination site 28 days later for your 2nd vaccination.


DESOTO

Desoto County will be currently moving to a reservation vaccine system.

When the new registration system launches tomorrow, a call center will also assist and answer questions. County health officials have received 250 Moderna vaccines for distribution.

For more information click here.

Additional dates and times will be announced as more of the vaccines become available.

Requirements:
• You must be age 65 or older.
• Download and complete the Department of Health COVID-19 Vaccine Screening and Consent Form and bring it with you in order to be vaccinated.
• Bring a valid form of identification


HENDRY & GLADES COUNTIES

Currently, there is no vaccine distribution date for this week in Glades County.

The Department of Health’s phone lines continue to be overwhelmed by calls.

Glades County Emergency Management is working with the Health Department on a possible solution to help streamline the registration/appointment process.

Updates will be posted to their website www.myglades.com under the COVID-19 tab and through media when vaccines and appointments become available.

Please visit: www.preparehendry.com for the consent form that must be filled out and brought to the Health Department to check-in for the appointment.

Additional dates and times will be announced when more vaccines and vaccinators become available.


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