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Latest COVID-19 vaccine schedules and resources

Below are the latest schedules and information for public COVID-19 vaccinations in Southwest Florida.

WINK News will update this list as needed.

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The State of Florida is prioritizing any Florida resident age 65 and older, by executive order of Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Please pay attention to the criteria listed for each site, as vaccinations may only be offered for certain people and may require appointments.

Information on what you need to bring to receive your vaccine is listed, as is a link to print out the consent form (if available online) that is required. If you are unable to print at home, the form will be available onsite. Officials say printing out the form beforehand and having it ready when you arrive will expedite the process.

To see the FDOH’s report on who has been vaccinated in the state, click here (PDF download). The report is updated daily.

Florida Department of Health says Floridians can use its vaccine locator to confirm vaccine locations and contact information in the state.


RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT

State Surgeon General Dr. Scott A. Rivkees issued an advisory on Jan. 21 stating that before administering the first dose of the vaccine, every vaccine provider in the state should make sure the recipient is either a resident of Florida or an individual who is in Florida to provide health care services that require direct contact with patients.

To see the requirements, click the following link: Residency requirement checklist (PDF)

If you got your first shot before the residency requirement change, you can still get your second dose without proving residency. Health care providers are exempt from the requirement. The requirement only applies to your first dose.


PUBLIX

The supermarket chain is offering vaccinations at the pharmacies inside 32 Lee County locations, 16 locations in Collier County, and 7 locations in Charlotte County. For more information on participating stores and how to reserve a slot, click here.

You must reserve your spot online and not in person or by phone.

During the Publix Pharmacy booking process, you may be asked for Medicare information if you are on Medicare. The shot is still given at no cost to you whether or not you choose to provide that information.

For those who receive vaccines from Publix, your second appointment will be 28 days after your first dose at the same time and location as your first appointment. You will receive a notification about one week prior to your second appointment.


VETERANS

The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs is working with the CDC and other federal partners to provide COVID-19 vaccines to Veterans and VA health care personnel.

For the latest information and answers specifically for veterans visit www.va.gov.


LEE COUNTY

UPCOMING VACCINE DATES:

  • Lee County is currently out of vaccine supply and awaiting future shipments.

The toll-free reservation number is 866-200-3468. The phone is now closed and will reopen at a later date to be determined.

If you get the shot before the residency requirement change, you can still get your second dose without proving residency. The requirement only applies to first doses.

The state vendor also now has a new Help Line available at 1-888-499-0851. The Help Line is not able to schedule appointments.

WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN SCHEDULING: During the initial reservation process, they will ask for your name, date of birth, and zip code. Then, when speaking to a live agent, they will confirm eligibility and ask for an email address and your mother’s maiden name.

If anyone ever asks for your Social Security number, bank details, or credit card – hang up. It’s a scam.

LINK: Lee County Government newsletter for vaccine updates

SECOND DOSE: FDOH-Lee has received second doses of vaccine for seniors 65 and older and frontline medical workers who received their first doses of the Moderna vaccine at various county sites Dec. 28-30.

Those sites included: Estero Recreation Center, old Bonita Springs Library site, Fort Myers Stars Complex, East County Regional Library, Lakes Regional Library, Cape Coral Cultural Park Theatre and North Fort Myers Recreation Center.

FDOH-Lee has contact information for all individuals who received their first dose at these sites.

The state vendor, Tidal Basin, will call all individuals to schedule second-dose appointments. Those calls began Friday, Jan 15, for appointments to be scheduled on Wednesday, Jan. 27, and Thursday, Jan. 28. Calls will continue through Friday, Jan. 22 or until Tidal Basin has scheduled all appointments.

FDOH-Lee and Lee County ask that individuals anticipating a second-dose appointment call do the following:

  • Watch for text messages informing you that you will be receiving a call soon.
  • Answer unknown numbers.
  • Check the settings on your mobile device to ensure unknown callers will be accepted and are not blocked.

Tidal Basin will attempt three phone calls to each individual to schedule the follow-up appointment.

FDOH-Lee will administer all second-dose vaccinations at the county’s site near Southwest Florida International Airport off Daniels Parkway. No second doses will be administered at parks, libraries or recreation centers.

People with second-dose appointments will need to bring two items to their appointments:

  • A government-issued ID.
  • The COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card received when the first shot was administered. (If you have lost your card, staff on site can look up the information.)

Information about second doses for people who received their shots in early January at the airport site off Daniels Parkway will be announced soon. No appointments for those individuals are being scheduled at this time.

BEWARE OF SCAMS: As COVID-19 vaccine distribution continues, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office advises to be aware of emerging fraud schemes, such as:

  • Calls asking to pay out of pocket to get the vaccine.
  • Calls asking to pay to put your name on a vaccine waiting list or to get early access.
  • Advertisements for vaccines through social media platforms, email, telephone calls, online or from unsolicited/unknown sources.
  • Marketers offering to sell or ship doses of the vaccine for payment.
  • Requests from someone unknown to an individual asking for a social security number, bank account information or credit card information.

Lee County residents who believe they have been the victim of COVID-19 fraud can report it to:

  • Lee County Sheriff’s Office fraud line – 258-3292
  • HHS-OIG Hotline: 1-800-HHS-TIPS or log on to tips.hhs.gov
  • FBI Hotline: 1-800-CALL-FBI
  • CMS/Medicare Hotline: 1-800-MEDICARE

You will never be asked to give out credit card information or a Social Security number to schedule an appointment for a vaccine. If someone asks, hang up and report it.

More information on the county’s vaccine rollout can be found at 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.

Click here to download a PDF of the above map.

PREPARE FOR VACCINE: Those with reservations can expedite the process by coming prepared: visit www.leegov.com/vaccine to read the Moderna vaccination information and to print and complete the consent form.

The United Way 211 line is activated for questions related to the vaccine and its rollout in Lee County. Call 239-433-3900 or dial 211.

You can also sign up for the Lee County Government vaccine information newsletter here.


CHARLOTTE COUNTY

UPCOMING VACCINE DATES:

  • Charlotte County is currently out of vaccine supply and awaiting future shipments.

FDOH-Charlotte is offering the Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for high-risk frontline workers as well as those 65 and over.

Appointments are required.

You can expedite the process of your appointment by completing the consent form in advance.

SECOND DOSE: All individuals who received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine through the Florida Department of Health in Charlotte County prior to Jan. 20 will be contacted to schedule their second dose. From Jan. 20 on, the second dose will be scheduled when the first dose is administered. Bring your ID and COVID-19 Vaccination Card. Complete your Consent Form ahead of time for a faster process.

There is no need to contact DOH-Charlotte, 211 or Charlotte County regarding second dose vaccine appointments. No additional information will be available to the phone operators. The County asks you do not make a secondary appointment through the COAD FL site, unless directed to do so.

Sign up for Charlotte County Vaccine updates from the county: Simply text CharCoCares to 888-777 on your smartphone to opt-in. The service is free; message and data rates may apply.

In addition to CharCoCares text messaging, residents and visitors can find COVID-19 testing and vaccine updates on our social media channels and online at tinyurl.com/VaccineFAQ and tinyurl.com/CharlotteVaccine.


COLLIER COUNTY

UPCOMING VACCINE DATES:

FDOH-Collier

  • Monday, Jan. 25
  • Tuesday, Jan. 26
  • Wednesday, Jan. 27

Appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine will be made via Eventbrite starting at 9 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 24. Please visit CollierCountyCOVIDVaccines.Eventbrite.com. See information below about the waitlist should you be unable to schedule an appointment.

Appointments for the three days listed above run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at North Collier Regional Park Soccer Fields: 15000 Livingston Road, Naples, 34109.

WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN SCHEDULING: All you have to provide on the Eventbrite website is your name and email address. If anyone ever asks for your Social Security number, bank details, or credit card – hang up. It’s a scam.

NCH: The health care system is vaccinating community members 65 years and older BY APPOINTMENT ONLY when vaccine doses are available.

They are not currently accepting appointments. More information will be released soon on when appointments will again be open.

Anyone who walks up without an appointment will be turned away.

The second round of shots will begin Monday, Jan. 18, for those who were first to receive the vaccine at NCH on Dec. 23, 2020, and will run through February until the second allotment of the vaccine has been used. The second allotment is being used ONLY for second doses at NCH.

FDOH-COLLIER: FDOH-Collier is distributing the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to health care personnel with direct patient contact and people 65 and older.

No referral needed and there is no cost. Clients will be asked to complete a registration form prior to receiving the vaccine.

The DOH-Collier call center will remain open Monday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The call center can be reached at (239) 252-6220.

DOH-Collier will allow people eligible for the vaccine to join a waitlist. You can find the waitlist button by visiting the Eventbrite registration page. When you click register, you will see a list of sold-out dates in addition to a red button that says Join Waitlist.

To get on Collier County’s waitlist, go to this link, click the date you want to join the waitlist for, click “Register” and then click “Join Waitlist” at the bottom. The FDOH told us the waitlist is only for the date and time you sign up for, not for any future openings. You’ll receive an email if there’s a cancellation and it’s your turn to secure an appointment, but keep in mind you’ll only have 12 hours to see that email and respond.

GETTING YOUR SHOT:

This is a drive-thru service and they ask you to arrive 10 minutes prior to your appointment time.

If you are unable to make an appointment, you can join a waitlist. (Instructions below.)

Health care personnel with direct patient contact will be asked to provide ID indicating they are health care staff.

Face masks must be worn while waiting in vehicles.

As for the second dose of the vaccine, Collier County says to expect an email 21 days after your first dose to make an appointment for your second.

Q & A for Department of Health – Collier County ONLY: 

Events are “Sold Out”. Can I get on a waitlist?
You can sign up for the waitlist on Eventbrite. Note: Waitlists are only valid for the specific day of that clinic.

What is the website I should monitor? CollierCountyCOVIDVaccines.Eventbrite.com and collier.floridahealth.gov.

Events say “Sold Out”. Are you charging for the vaccine? There is no charge for the vaccine. The current appointment system is an event ticketing system and therefore, when all appointments are booked, it says sold out.

How will I be notified if it is my turn on the waitlist? When someone cancels their appointment, you will receive an email if it is your turn to schedule an appointment. Follow the instructions in the email. You will have 12 hours to secure your appointment.

Do waitlists carry over to other days/times? No. A waitlist is only for a specific day/time. There is not a universal waitlist.

How do I make an appt. for the vaccine? Appts. are made via Eventbrite.

Can I show up without an appointment? No. Do not show up to a vaccine clinic without an appointment. You will not receive the vaccine.

If I am on a waitlist, should I come to the vaccine clinic? No. Do not show up without an appointment. You will not receive a vaccine.

VACCINE INFORMATION (DOH -COLLIER)

I don’t live in Collier County, can I still receive a vaccine? Why are non-Collier residents allowed to receive a vaccine? Effective immediately, Florida is requiring proof of residency in order to receive a vaccine in any county. Check the Residency requirement checklist for more information.

If you got your first shot before the residency requirement change, you can still get your second dose without proving residency. Health care providers are exempt from the requirement. The requirement only applies to your first dose.

When will the next vaccine clinics be available? As soon as new dates are available, they are sent to local media and posted at collier.floridahealth.gov. We do not have a timeline.

What vaccine are you providing? The Moderna vaccine.

SECOND DOSE QUESTIONS (DOH-COLLIER)

I received a Moderna vaccine. Can I receive a Pfizer vaccine for my second dose (or vice versa)? No. You cannot mix pharmaceuticals.

I received my 1st dose. How will I get my second dose? If you received your first dose through DOH-Collier, you will receive an email approximately one week prior to the 28-day mark to schedule your appointment. Note: You MUST wait at least 28 days to receive your second dose.

How will schedule my appointment for the second dose? Instructions will be in the reminder email.

Will you guarantee that I receive my second dose? We will have designated days/times for those who need their second dose. You must make your own appointment.

OTHER INFORMATION (DOH-COLLIER)

Why is DOH scaling back on testing? We have limited staff and must continue to provide COVID-19 vaccine, COVID-19 testing, and daily services at the health department.

What do I bring to an appointment? You MUST bring your ticket (print out!) and you MUST bring your ID. The state now also requires proof of residency, so if you do not have a Florida-issued driver’s license or ID card with your Florida address, you’ll need to bring another document that proves you live in Florida, even if part-time. You can see the Residency requirement checklist (PDF) for accepted documents. Also, bring a blue or black pen to your appointment to complete the registration form. If you are health care personnel with direct patient contact, you must bring an ID indicating so.

Why aren’t you prioritizing by age group/disability/etc.? Per the Governor’s Executive Order, DOH is to vaccinate those who are 65+ and healthcare personnel who have direct patient contact. We cannot prioritize different groups.

I have 2 tickets, one for me and one for my spouse. Both tickets say my name. What should I do? Write the other person’s name on a ticket and bring both IDs with you at the time of your appointment.

I have an appointment and I don’t need/want it. What do I do? Log in to Eventbrite and cancel your ticket.


HENDRY AND GLADES COUNTIES

Notification will be sent out once appointments are available.

COVID-19 vaccine shall only be given to the following populations (Must have proper ID):

• Long-term care facility residents and staff;
• Persons 65 years of age and older; and
• Health care personnel with direct patient contact

Go to preparehendry.com for the consent form that must be filled out and brought to the Health Department to check-in for the appointment. For Glades County, click here for the consent form.


DESOTO COUNTY

UPCOMING VACCINE DATES:

FDOH-DeSoto

  • No vaccine dates are currently scheduled. FDOH-DeSoto is awaiting supplies.

Please do not call DeSoto Memorial Hospital as they are not scheduling or administering the vaccine to the general public.

The doses of the Moderna vaccine are being offered to seniors age 65 and older by appointment only.

You must download and complete the Department of Health COVID-19 Vaccine Screening and Consent Form and bring it with you in order to be vaccinated. Bring a valid form of identification.

Dates and times will be announced as more of the vaccines become available.


SARASOTA COUNTY/NORTH PORT

FDOH-Sarasota is vaccinating frontline health care workers and those 65 and over.

You must use the Vaccine Registration System to create an account and register for upcoming vaccine clinics. You’ll be able to select your preferred method of communication for notifications. You only need to register once, and then you’ll be in the queue for upcoming clinics. As appointments are made available, notifications will be sent to people in the queue in order of registration.

SECOND DOSE INFO: If you received your first vaccine Dec. 29, 30 or 31 from the Department of Health in Sarasota County, you are coming up on your 28-day marker (Jan. 26, 27, 28) and will be contacted by 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25, to schedule your second dose.

Second dose appointments will be scheduled through the Vaccine Registration System. You DO NOT have to register. Your contact information has been inputted for you. Appointments for second doses will be later in the week. If you’re unable to attend, you can decline and then you’ll be contacted when the next batch of second doses arrives.

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