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Lee Starts Vaccination Appointments

Lisa Ferdinando
Army Spc. Angel Laureano holds a vial of the COVID-19 vaccine, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Md., Dec. 14, 2020. (DoD photo by Lisa Ferdinando)

Update: All appointments were filled as of 1 pm Monday, according to Lee County Department of Health. New reservations will open as vaccines are received by the Florida Department of Health. Continue to check the county's webpage or follow them on Facebook at @leecountyflbocc or Twitter at @flhealthlee.

Lee County will begin an appointment system for COVID-19 vaccinations as of today.

The toll-free number to reserve a vaccine dose is 833-618-2001 and will go live at noon today (Monday). The schedule of vaccinations, from the Lee County website is:

  • Tuesday, January 5, 10 am - 4 pm (reservations required)
  • Wednesday, January 6, 8 am - 6 pm (reservations required)
  • Thursday, January 7, 8 am - 6 pm (reservations required)

The News-Press reports that 1,000 appointments will be accepted for Tuesday, and 2,000 appointments will be accepted for Wednesday and Thursday, respectively.

More reservations will be announced as the county receives more doses of the vaccine.

Inoculations will be given in a single place: 16000 Chamberlin Parkway, Fort Myers. This is the site of the old Southwest Florida International Airport terminal parking lot, east of I-75, off Daniels Parkway.

Sunday's announcement follows widespread criticism of the county's initial "first come first served" vaccine rollout last week. The lack of an appointment system prompted some seniors to camp out in overnight temperatures in the mid-50s for a chance to get an initial dose of the vaccine.

At this time COVID-19 vaccine doses remain limited to frontline healthcare workers and people 65 and older.

For more information and vaccine screening and consent forms, see Lee County's website.