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Limited number of vaccine appointments to become available Wednesday

By Staff | Jan 13, 2021

The Florida Department of Health-Lee (FDOH) and Lee County government announced today that there is enough vaccine supply to schedule about 1,800 additional appointments Thursday and Friday, Jan. 14 and 15, at the site near Southwest Florida International Airport for seniors and frontline healthcare workers. After that, there will be no FDOH-Lee vaccine supply remaining this week.

The reservation slots are expected to be claimed quickly, likely within minutes. To schedule one of the estimated 1,800 available appointments, a toll-free number will open at noon Wednesday, Jan. 13. The state’s vendor, Tidal Basin, has made technological and customer-service upgrades in the past week, which necessitates a new phone number. That toll-free number is 866-200-3468. Please note: The call line will not open until noon Wednesday, Jan. 13. (People who inadvertently call last week’s toll-free number will automatically be rerouted to the new number.)

Only people with appointments will be vaccinated at the site this week. Many of the appointments this week were allocated to those callers who were in the preregistration group from last week. FDOH-Lee is waiting for information on when and how much vaccine will be available next week. More than 9,000 doses are being administered this week.

The United Way 2-1-1 hotline remains available for general questions about the vaccination rollout.

As with the past two weeks, the vaccinations are available for people age 65 and older and frontline healthcare workers at the site east of Interstate 75 off of Daniels Parkway. It’s the site of the old airport terminal parking lot. Message boards are in place to direct traffic.

When those registered arrive on site, officials will request ID showing proof of age before allowing them to queue up. People are asked arrive no more than 45 minutes before their assigned vaccination time. Even though this is an appointment system, processing times may vary. Be prepared for some wait time.

Complete information can be found at www.leegov.com/vaccine, People can visit Lee County Government Facebook and other social media channels (www.leegov.com/socialmedia) or monitor Florida DOH’s Twitter @flhealthlee.