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COVID-19 Vaccine Sites in Lee County Reach Capacity More Than Two Hours Before Opening

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Andrea Perdomo
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WGCU
Hundreds of people line up at the walk up COVID-19 vaccine site at North Fort Myers Recreation Center in Lee County to receive their first dose of the Moderna vaccine. A Lee County Sheriff's Office deputy said people began lining up nearly 24 hours before the site was set to open at 9 a.m. on Wednesday Dec. 30.

At 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday Lee County officials tweeted all three COVID-19 vaccination sites in the county had reached capacity.

At North Fort Myers Recreation Center hundreds of elderly people stood in a line that ran the entire length of the park, snaking around a playground and at least two baseball fields. Some sat in wheelchairs, others brought lawn chairs and coolers.

A Lee County Sheriff’s Office deputy said people began lining up at this walk-up vaccination site as early as Tuesday morning to receive the first dose of the Moderna vaccine.

A Lee County Department of Emergency Management employee said the site was prepared to issue 800 doses of the vaccine, but the amount of vaccinations per day at other Lee County vaccination sites would vary.

The employee also said those who receive the vaccine will be given a card that will indicate the time period when they should receive the second dose of the vaccine.

The first wave of COVID-19 vaccine distribution will wrap up in Lee County Wednesday afternoon, but County officials said additional dates will be confirmed as more vaccines become available.