Here’s The Latest On The Vaccine

Here’s The Latest On The Vaccine

Ed Ryan January 11, 2021 2

On Monday The Florida Department of Health and Lee County Government announced that about 9,000 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine will be administered this week to frontline healthcare workers and seniors 65 and older. As of last week, over 11,000 individuals have been vaccinated at Lee County sites.

FDOH-Lee and the county want to remind residents that only so many doses of the vaccine are made available to Lee County. FDOH-Lee is the only Southwest Florida county health department to which the state issued new allotments of doses for this week.

The site near Southwest Florida International Airport off Daniels Parkway will reopen for people with confirmed appointments at 8 a.m. Tuesday and will run similarly to last week on Tuesday and Wednesday, with an estimated 2,400 people with appointments per day receiving shots.

Meanwhile Florida Governor Ron DeSantis says more than 301,000 individuals age 65 and older have been vaccinated in Florida – more than 50 percent of the total vaccinated in the state. This is an increase of more than 223,000 seniors over the course of one week. According to publicly available age demographic data, Florida has the highest percentage of vaccine doses administered to seniors 65 and older. Additionally, last week, more than 327,000 individuals were vaccinated in Florida – more than the entire number of individuals who were vaccinated in the first three weeks of the vaccine being available in the Sunshine State.

On Fort Myers Beach, when more doses of the vaccine become available, the town council is hopeful that a location, such as a church, can be used as a distribution location.

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2 Responses to Here’s The Latest On The Vaccine

  1. Pete Yeatman says:

    Although most people want to get the vaccine as soon as possible; there is an underlying fear of many 65+ persons desiring the vaccine. Since there isn’t a total call back list that you can go on to provide an order, what happens to the 65+ that can’t get on one of the bii weekly free for all call in lists when they open vaccinations up to the next level of participants? They fear they will just keep falling further down the line into the pit of despair and never get on any list.

    I’m sure the County is seeing how these panic call ins of tens of thousands of persons fighting technology in hopes of getting one of the handful of vaccination slots is only working for the County and not the residents. They should have set it up like the deli counter at Publix from the beginning.

  2. Barbara Puffer says:

    Beach location would be wonderful

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