Lee County set to vaccinate thousands, as more wait to get return calls for scheduling

The 5,000 vaccine appointments allocated in Lee County for the week of Jan. 4 are all booked. Two thousand are expected those doses will go into the arms of people in Southwest Florida all in one day.

Still, many people told us Tuesday they were supposed to receive a call back but still haven’t heard anything.

The company in charge of the call center for Lee County vaccine appointments told us, if you were already in the queue from calling Monday, you are pre-registered when the county gets more vaccines.

One thousand doses were already administered for the week, bringing some relief to those lucky enough to get an appointment, but some are still waiting to hear if they’re even in the queue.

“It’s a relief,” said Stan Smalec, who was vaccinated. “It’s taking a big worry off the back of my mind.”

It’s a stark contrast to the call fiasco in Lee County to start the week.

Night and day, night and day,” Smalec said.

Many people got the calls back they had been waiting for in the form of voicemails, letting people know they didn’t get an appointment this go around but will be pre-registered once the Florida Department of Health in Lee County gets more vaccines.

Patsy Lamarra is among those who are still waiting and worrying if their phone will ever ring.

“It’s real frustrating actually,” Lamarra said.

That could mean you’ll have to start all over again next time.

“I just think everybody wants to get back to their own life and get back to normal,” Lamarra said. “That’s all we want.”

There are appointments for 2,000 COVID-19 vaccinations scheduled Wednesday and another 2,000 scheduled Thursday in Lee County. DOH-Lee asks people don’t arrive for their appointment until 45 minutes before it’s scheduled.


RESOURCE: WINK News is working by the minute on a daily basis to bring our coverage areas in Southwest Florida the latest COVID-19 vaccine information from the counties you live in.

Visit our COVID-19 vaccine schedules and information for SWFL story for rolling vaccine updates.

Reporter:Andryanna Sheppard
Writer:Jack Lowenstein
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