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Beach Baptist vaccination clinic fills

250 people vaccinated at Fort Myers Beach Tuesday

By Nathan Mayberg - Editor | Apr 6, 2021

Fort Myers Beach Mayor Ray Murphy (pictured while being vaccinated at Beach Baptist Church on Tuesday) announced that a COVID-19 vaccination clinic will take place at the Church of the Ascension on Fort Myers Beach this upcoming Thursday. / Photo by Nathan Mayberg

All 250 slots were filled for a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Beach Baptist Church Tuesday organized by the church and the Florida Department of Health.

Fort Myers Beach Mayor Ray Murphy was among those getting the Pfizer shot from Health Heroes, an organization which partners with the Florida Department of Health.

He said he wasn’t nervous at all. “I’m very excited” to get the shot, he said.

“It’s a great turnout. A good day for the vaccine. They sold out all of the shots. Everybody’s anxious to get it.”

Murphy said the clinic was “very organized.”

Beach Baptist Church Pastor Shawn Critser said the response to the vaccine was “indicative of what the community wants.”

Those who received the shot Tuesday will have to return April 27 for a second dose.

The church has requested a second clinic.

Murphy announced Thursday that he has reached an agreement with the Florida Department of Health to get a second vaccine clinic on the Beach at the Church of the Ascension.

Among those in line waiting for their shot on Tuesday was Jennifer Walker of Fort Myers Beach.

“I hope that they add another opportunity for more Beach residents,” Walker said.

Walker said she is “grateful that they are doing it and this is an asset for the community for all of us. Regardless of how you feel about it, if you are willing to do your part, this makes it a little easier.”

Mark List, of Fort Myers Beach, said he is “more comfortable going out if I know I have been immunized. I’ll still wear the mask.”

Murphy said those who get the shot will have to still keep wearing masks “until it gets under the control.”

The town has an emergency resolution still in effect requiring masks to be worn in situations where individuals can’t socially distance or are not dining.