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.