Some Lee County seniors waited all weekend for a call for a second dose appointment that never came

Published: January 18, 2021 3:18 PM EST
Updated: January 18, 2021 4:14 PM EST

Lee County seniors who were told to wait by their phones over the weekend for a second dose vaccine appointment are still waiting.

The calls, Lee County said, were supposed to come over the weekend between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Lee County said operators would continue calling people to make second dose appointments for the rest of the week.

Sharon McCaig Watts said she and her husband John waited all weekend and followed directions to receive the call. They have serious health issues and despite that still waited in line outside for hours when the county released the vaccine in a first-come, first-serve method.

“I was sure when they said that everybody would be called by the weekend that tomorrow at 8pm we would have had a call,” she said, adding that “We haven’t moved. We haven’t gone anywhere.”

The couple won’t stop waiting. They have been in quarantine since March 13, McCaig Watts said.

“We have not been in a grocery store, or retail store, all of our groceries have been delivered. I have eight grandchildren that I hadn’t seen,” she said.”God says pray for faith, hope and charity. I am praying for hope. And I have faith. So now you’re my charity.”

As a retired nurse, McCaig Watts said once she gets her second shot she can volunteer to give the shots.

Meanwhile, Dan Howard waited by the phone over the weekend to no avail. He did receive multiple text messages letting him know the call was coming. But it never came.

“Last night, eight o’clock came in went, no call,” Howard, of Naples, said. “My first thought is like, well, what do I do now?”

Luckily for Howard, he received his call on Monday afternoon.