| Naples Daily News
The Florida Department of Health in Collier County said it received 3,500 doses of the Moderna vaccine this week, but appointments for vaccinations filled up quickly on the first day they became available Wednesday.
All appointments for next week have been booked, but subsequent shipments of the vaccine are expected, Kristine Hollingsworth, a spokeswoman for the department, wrote in an email.
The vaccines will be offered at different sites to high-risk frontline healthcare workers and people 65 and older. There will be 500 vaccines distributed per site per day, according to the department.
The county will be following a by-appointment schedule. Vaccination appointments will be made through Eventbrite.
Collier County announced the following dates and distribution sites Wednesday:
- Jan. 3, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Florida Department of Health in Collier County, 3339 E. Tamiami Trail, Naples, 34112.
- Jan. 4, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., North Collier Regional Park soccer fields: 15000 Livingston Road, Naples, 34109.
- Jan. 5, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Winn Dixie Mall, 1500 Lake Trafford Road, Immokalee, 34142.
- Jan. 6, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., North Collier Regional Park soccer fields: 15000 Livingston Road, Naples, 34109.
- For healthcare personnel with direct contact only: Jan. 7, Florida Department of Health in Collier County, 3339 E. Tamiami Trail, Naples, 34112. Call for an appointment: 239-252-6220
- Jan. 8, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., North Collier Regional Park soccer fields: 15000 Livingston Road, Naples, 34109.
All appointments will be drive-thru except Immokalee’s site, which will be walk-up. Face masks must be worn while people wait for their vaccination, according to DOH.
Healthcare workers who work in direct contact with COVID-19 patients must bring their identification cards.
There’s no referral or payment needed, according to DOH. Registration will take place following arrival at the site.
As of Dec. 29, 175,465 first doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were completed in Florida. A second dose of the vaccine is needed after the initial dose, which is about 21 days for Pfizer and 28 days for Moderna.
In Collier, 1,916 people have been vaccinated as of Dec. 29 since distribution started to long-term care facilities and hospitals, according to a data report from Florida’s Department of Health.
In Lee County, frontline healthcare workers and people 65 and older lined up at distribution sites scattered throughout the county as vaccinations started there this week. Some patrons waited all night to get vaccinated.
Demand for the vaccines has put distribution sites at full capacity even before the first vaccinations are given, and some have been turned away.
Rachel Fradette is an education reporter for the Naples Daily News. Follow her on Twitter: @Rachel_Fradette, email her at email@example.com.
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