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Latest vaccine schedules and resources

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

En español: Últimos programas y recursos sobre vacunas, haga clic aquí.

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 has a vaccine locator to confirm vaccine locations and contact information in the state.

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ELIGIBILITY

  • Eligibility to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Florida includes all persons 18 years of age and older.
  • The FDA has approved Pfizer vaccines for children aged 12-17. They also must have a completed consent form.

RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT

As of Thursday, April 29, all Florida residents and persons providing goods and services to Floridians are eligible to receive any COVID-19 vaccine as prescribed by the Food and Drug Administration. Further, any individual who is providing or coordinating vaccines is encouraged to ensure that no COVID-19 vaccine is wasted. Click for more.

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


STATE VACCINE PRE-REGISTRATION WEBSITE

Those eligible for the vaccine in the state can visit myvaccine.fl.gov to get pre-registered or schedule an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine, to be administered by the Florida Department of Health.

Schedule Appointment: You can now also schedule an appointment using the MyVaccine system.

Preregistration: On the site, you can select your county and submit your contact information. Once appointments are available, you will be contacted by phone call, text or email and will be assisted in scheduling an appointment.

Callbacks are made in the order individuals register. Entering your information multiple times is not necessary and will not increase your chances of getting an appointment.

You can only sign up for one appointment at a time. For example, if you signed up for vaccines in both Charlotte and Lee counties, it will only select the last county you registered in and the first county will be deleted.

Florida Preregistration System Toll-Free Numbers in Southwest Florida:

Charlotte: Updated contact info to come, according to the FDOH-Charlotte.
Collier: 866-201-4885 or (TTY) 833-990-3490
DeSoto: 866-201-7013 or (TTY) 833-476-1026
Glades: 866-201-6695 or (TTY) 833-476-1524
Hendry: 866-201-6745 or (TTY) 833-990-3548
Lee: 866-200-3468 or (TTY) 855-665-6608
More: For all other counties, click here


RETAIL PHARMACIES

Appointments are required at all retail pharmacies.

Eligibility to receive the COVID-19 vaccine includes all persons 12 years of age and older.

Those ages 12 to 17 are eligible only for the Pfizer vaccine.

Publix pharmacies

Publix pharmacies are now accepting walk-ins for the vaccine shot, either Moderna (two doses) or Johnson & Johnson (one dose), subject to availability. Both vaccines can only be given to those 18 years old and up.

To make an appointment, you must reserve your spot online and not in person or by phone. For more information on those times and to reserve a slot, click here.

The online reservation system will open at 7 a.m. Eastern time on Wednesdays and Friday. Appointments may not be available in every county during every scheduling opportunity:

Vaccine provided

Scheduling opportunity

Appointment days

Johnson & Johnson

Wednesday

Saturday – Sunday

Moderna

Friday

Monday – Friday

 

The company said they are “discouraging individuals from going to the signup page prior to the 7 a.m. start time as it has no bearing on the ability to book an appointment.”

If you need to receive your second dose at a different location than the first, you will need to wait until the digital reservation system is open again to schedule another appointment. If you do so, there is no need to cancel your original second dose appointment.

Costs and insurance

Customers with health insurance will need to bring their insurance card to their scheduled appointment. There is no out-of-pocket cost to you. Medicare members should bring their red, white and blue Medicare Part B card. Customers without health insurance will need to provide their driver’s license or Social Security number.

Walmart and Sam’s Club pharmacies

All Florida Walmart and Sam’s Club pharmacy locations are now offering walk-in vaccination appointments. Membership is not required to get a vaccination at Sam’s Club.

To schedule in advance, go to: walmart.com or samsclub.com

Winn-Dixie pharmacies

Accepting walk-ins and appointments. They offer all three manufactures: Moderna and Pfizer (two doses) or Johnson & Johnson (one dose), subject to availability. The Pfizer vaccine is approved only for those 12 and up. Moderna can be administered to those at least 16 years of age.

If you prefer an appointment, click here.

CVS pharmacies

Accepting walk-ins and appointments. Each store can administer up to 100 doses per day. To check for availability, go to cvs.com.

Walgreens pharmacies

Accepting walk-ins and appointments. You will be required to create and sign into a Walgreens online account to book your vaccine appointment. To check for an appointment time visit: walgreens.com.

Costco Wholesale pharmacies

You do not need to be a Costco club member to schedule a vaccine. To check for an appointment time visit: Costco.com


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.

Homebound Veterans and COVID-19

Gov. Ron DeSantis has directed the Florida Department of Health and the Florida Division of Emergency Management to coordinate with the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs to identify veterans of World War II and the Korean War who are unable to travel to receive a vaccine.

Follow THIS LINK to enter your contact information or call (850) 487-1533, extension 9 for details.

Homebound Seniors

All homebound seniors can email [email protected] to request an at-home vaccination service.


LEE COUNTY

To make an appointment (FDOH-Lee):

You can schedule COVID-19 vaccine appointments directly through myvaccine.fl.gov or by calling 833-540-2032. After pre-registering through myvaccine.fl.gov, visit “check my status” to see available time slots and schedule your appointment directly.

You may also schedule second-dose appointments within the correct time frame for the vaccine manufacturer.

The COVID-19 vaccination site has relocated from the airport to the former Sears location at the Edison Mall, 4003 Cleveland Ave., Fort Myers.

If you received your first COVID-19 vaccine dose at the RSW site between March 18 and 30 and do not already have a second dose appointment at the new indoor location, you can now schedule this appointment. Visit myvaccine.fl.gov to self-schedule or call 833-540-2032 for assistance.

If you are pre-registered, and missed a phone call from an unknown number:

  • Email [email protected]
  • Put in the email subject line: “Missed call”
  • Provide in the body of the email:
    – Name
    – Date of birth
    – Phone number you used to preregister

Seniors who had previously preregistered but since have received their vaccination elsewhere are asked to remove themselves from the preregistration list by sending an email to [email protected] and putting “Cancel reservation” in the subject line. In the body of the email, include name and date of birth.

When those with appointments arrive at the site, a Florida Driver License or Florida Identification Card will be required, or two additional documents. Visit www.leegov.com/vaccine for examples of acceptable documents.

Florida residency documentation does not apply to first doses for health care providers. It also does not apply to individuals receiving their second dose.

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.

SECOND DOSE

If you received your first COVID-19 vaccine dose at the RSW site between March 18 and 30 and do not already have a second dose appointment at the new indoor location, you can now schedule this appointment. Visit myvaccine.fl.gov to self-schedule or call 833-540-2032 to for assistance.

If you received your first dose between Jan. 21 and March 17

Individuals who receive their first dose will leave the site with a scheduled second appointment noted on their vaccination card.

If you received your first dose between March 18 and March 30

You will receive a call to schedule your second dose appointment at the new indoor location the week prior to your due date.

If you received your first dose on or after March 31

Individuals who receive their first dose will leave the site with a scheduled second appointment noted on their vaccination card.

Please arrive at your second dose appointment on time. Remember to bring the following:

  • Your CDC appointment card (received after your first dose)
  • A valid Florida driver’s license or valid Florida identification card.
  • Proof of residency. Click here for a list of accepted proof of residency.
  • Water, snacks, and any medication you need. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes appropriate for the weather conditions.

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.)

LEE HEALTH

Anyone 12 and over can sign up online to receive a COVID-19 vaccination at Lee Health by visiting https://leehealth.vaccine.mychart.com/. You do not need to be a Lee Health patient to get the vaccine. All vaccines will be administered at Gulf Coast Medical Center.

Through the online scheduling system, you will be able to select which vaccine you would like.

Lee Health has the Johnson & Johnson and Moderna shot as well as the Pfizer shot, which is approved for those 12 and over.

A parent or authorized guardian must accompany the minor.

After signing up, you will be notified when the vaccine is available to you and given a choice of time slots of available appointments. If Lee Health has multiple brands of COVID-19 vaccines in stock, you will be able to select which vaccine you receive. Currently, Lee Health is offering the Moderna vaccine.

All self-scheduling appointments must be made online, and you are asked not to call the hospitals or physician offices to inquire about vaccine appointments.

Per Florida guidelines, vaccine appointments are available for Florida residents only. A mask is required to enter any Lee Health facility.

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.

LINK: Lee County Government newsletter for vaccine updates

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.

Mount Olive African Methodist Episcopal Church, located at 2754 Orange St. in Fort Myers, is holding a COVID-19 vaccine drive May 2. Lee County residents must first call the church at (239) 332-0305 to make an appointment between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., leaving your name, birth date and phone number. You can choose between the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.

Mount Olive A.M.E. is limited to giving out 600 doses.

FORT MYERS 

The Family Health Centers will host a vaccine drive at Rosa de Saron Assembly of God Church in Fort Myers on Saturday, May 15.

No appointments are needed. The vaccines are free.

Interpreters will be on-site to assist.

Bring a form of ID. If participants have insurance, bring an insurance card.

Address: 13235 Palm Beach Blvd., Fort Myers

Time: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

CAPE CORAL

The City of Cape Coral and Curative are offering COVID -19 vaccinations beginning Monday, May 17 at the existing COVID-19 testing location (across from City Hall at 1020 Cultural Park Boulevard).

Vaccine appointments can be made on the Curative website. Walk-ups also are welcome. Vaccines will be administered seven days a week, between the hours of 8 a.m and 6 p.m. Curative will be offering the Moderna vaccine and is expecting to receive the Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines in the next couple weeks.

If you have an appointment, please bring your appointment confirmation number. A government-issued ID is required for all appointments. If the appointment is for your second dose, please bring your vaccine record. Patients will be requested to remain at the location for 15 minutes after the vaccine is administered to monitor for any adverse side effects.

The COVID-19 vaccine will be offered at no cost. Curative will bill your insurance or the HRSA program to administer the vaccine, however, health insurance is not required to receive a vaccination.


CHARLOTTE COUNTY

For a list of available for COVID-19 vaccinations in Charlotte County, go to: charlotte.floridahealth.gov

For other locations, go to: floridahealthcovid19.gov

Sign up for notifications
The CharCoCares text system provides local updates related to COVID-19, area resources and opportunities as they become available. This system will also be used to share updates and announcements about vaccine availability. Simply text “CharCoCares” to 888-777 on your smartphone to opt in. The service is free; message and data rates may apply.


COLLIER COUNTY

UPCOMING VACCINE DATES:

FDOH-Collier will provide the Moderna vaccine from Monday, May 17 to Friday, May 21, at DOH-Collier in Naples, by appointment only. The Moderna vaccine is authorized for persons age 18 years and up.

To schedule an appointment, visit CollierCountyCOVIDVaccines.Eventbrite.com.

Scheduling of appointments will start at noon Wednesday, May 12.

Be sure to arrive 10 minutes prior to your appointment time.

Location: DOH-Collier Naples site building H: 3339 East Tamiami Trail, Naples, FL
34112

Anyone who received their first-dose Moderna vaccine at North Collier Regional Park Exhibit Hall in April will have their second dose appointment there as well.

If you have questions regarding the vaccine or COVID-19 in general, please call 239-252-6220 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Do not leave multiple messages and be aware that it may take up to 72 hours for a return call.

Follow this link to sign up for an appointment.

MARCO ISLAND: The City of Marco Island has made city-distributed vaccines available to city residents only.

The City of Marco Island will conclude its vaccination clinics by the end of May 2021.

The month of May is dedicated to providing second-dose Moderna shots.

Any Marco Island resident over the age of 18 seeking a vaccine this month can register at http://vaccine.cityofmarcoisland.com.

The registration page will remain open for full-time and seasonal residents, and appointments will be assigned based on zip code and age with the oldest being first.

How City of Marco Island residents can register for a COVID-19 vaccine:

  1. Full-time and seasonal residents of Marco Island who are 65 and older can register at any time at http://vaccine.cityofmarcoisland.com. This link will also
    be shared on the City website and City social media. The link will remain open as this is not a first-come, first-served system.
  2. Once the online form is completed, residents will receive an email confirming that they are registered for a COVID-19 vaccine on Marco Island and on the waiting list. This is not a guarantee of a vaccination appointment.
  3. Registrants will then be prioritized for vaccination appointments when allocations are received based on Marco Island zip code and age, and will receive an email with the appointment time, date, and location.
  4. Those who do not receive an appointment slot each week will remain on the registration list for future vaccine events with no further action required. The number of vaccine appointments will vary from week to week based on the allocation the City receives from Collier County EMS. The City anticipates several
    thousand residents registering in this system, and the City will typically be allocated only a few hundred vaccines each week. Therefore, we encourage residents to continue to seek other vaccine appointment opportunities in addition to the Marco
    Island registration.

Vaccination clinics will be held at Mackle Park, 1361 Andalusia Terrace. Vaccines are provided to Marco Island residents by the city in partnership with the DOH and EMS-Collier. Vaccine appointments are prioritized by age (oldest first).

This is a walk-up site and masks must be worn at all times. Vaccines are for Florida residents 65 years of age and older, and frontline health care workers. You must bring proof of Florida residency and have your ticket to receive the vaccine.

NCH will be offering the COVID-19 vaccine out of the NCH Marco Island Urgent Care on April 29 (first dose) and May 20 (2nd dose) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be 262 appointments for the Pfizer vaccine.

This event is geared toward Marco Island businesses and their employees. NCH’s goal is to help support local businesses so that they can remain open safely. Please share this link with employees who are interested in receiving the vaccine. The information needed is contained within.

CITY OF NAPLES:

For more information on the process is below. The reservation line is (239) 260-3087.

“To mitigate the effects of the high volume of people seeking to register, the City will provide a phone call to message service that will accommodate 100 concurrent callers at a time. The 101st caller will receive a busy signal and should try to call back. It is important that calls be made within the time period that the reservation system is active. Due to the limited amount of vaccines the City will receive, only the first 500 callers will be placed on a waitlist. Persons in this group will be notified by a City employee once vaccinations are available, and then an appointment will be made. Please be patient.

“Once the caller is in the messaging system, the callers will be asked to only leave their name plus their spouse’s name (if needed) as it appears on their government-issued identification and a call back number! No additional message or information should be left. This will reduce the time callers are in the queue, allowing more callers to connect before receiving the busy signal. PLEASE CLEARLY LEAVE ONLY YOUR NAME(S) AND CALL BACK NUMBER!

“A City of Naples staff member will call each person back in the order that their call was received. Please be aware that City staff will never ask for personal information, financial insurance information or social security numbers on the phone. Only information needed for the administration of the vaccine will occur, such as date of birth for eligibility, consent form and email address.”

NOTE: To stay up-to-date with the City vaccination events and COVID-19 information, please, visit the Naples information page.

To be first notified when the phone lines will reopen for the waitlist, you can “Subscribe” to constant contact. Visit the City’s website and click on Subscribe at the bottom right. Click the COVID-19 option as well as the emergency notifications and enter your email.

Eligibility requirements: Adults 18 years and older with proof of residency.

FDOH-COLLIER: FDOH-Collier is distributing the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to people 18 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 I 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.

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

The Health Departments in Hendry & Glades Counties are providing WALK-IN COVID-19 vaccinations.

When appointments are necessary, call one of these numbers based on your location:

  • LaBelle (863) 674-4041, press 00
  • Clewiston (863) 983-1408, press 00
  • Moore Haven (863) 946-0707, press 00

COVID-19 vaccines are available to all Florida residents.

Click here for the consent form (available in English, Spanish and Haitian-Creole) that must be filled out and brought to the Health Department to check in for the appointment.


DESOTO COUNTY

Appointments are not required at the Turner Agri-Civic Center vaccination site in Arcadia.

Health officials will be administering 1st-dose vaccines on a first-come, first-served basis, between 11 and 2 every Tuesday at 2250 NE Roan Street in Arcadia.

Second-dose appointments will be offered on Thursdays.

Those interested in getting vaccinated are asked to print out and complete the Department of Health COVID-19 Vaccine Screening and Consent Form and take it to your appointment.

If an appointment is preferred, residents can still register using the state’s vaccine registration portal by visiting, https://myvaccine.fl.gov or by calling 866-201-7013.  Appointments will be scheduled between 10:00 and 11:00 a.m.

On the day of the appointment, individuals will need the following items:

· The Department of Health COVID-19 Vaccine Screening and Consent Form (below).

· A valid ID as well as proof of residency. See below for a full list of acceptable documentation. NOTE: Vaccine eligibility is determined at the state level by the Governor’s requirements.

Download Consent Forms:

To print the form in English, Click HERE
To print the form in Spanish, Click HERE

A fully-staffed vaccine call center is up and running in our County’s Emergency Operations Center. If you have a question, the local number to call is 863-491-5335. Call Center staff can assist from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. However, the call center has been experiencing a very high call volume, so patience is appreciated.

LINK: DeSoto County vaccine resource page

DeSoto Memorial Hospital’s vaccine hotline, which can be reached at (863) 491-4369, will reopen on Friday, March 26, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The hospital will be taking names to vaccinate the new age groups within the newly allotted dates: ages 18 and older beginning April 5.


SARASOTA COUNTY/NORTH PORT

DOH-Sarasota is now offering walk-up, no-appointment-needed, first-dose clinics at Sarasota Square Mall Monday through Saturday. Individuals arriving at these clinics with scheduled appointments will not have to wait in the walk-up line.

Individuals receiving their first dose during the DOH-Sarasota walk-up clinics will be provided a second-dose appointment date and will not receive a second dose notification. These individuals should pay close attention to the information packet received at the vaccination clinic and continue to monitor the DOH-Sarasota and county websites, and county social media. Individuals should plan to return to the same location 28 days later for their second dose and must bring their vaccination card.

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