Letters to editor for Monday, March 15, 2021

Readers write about COVID-19 vaccinations in Southwest Florida in letters to the Fort…

Letters to editor for Monday, March 15, 2021 1
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Veteran got vaccine time via hotline

On Friday the newspaper printed my letter about not being able to get a vaccination. That morning I called the Bay Pines (VA Healthcare System) COVID vaccine hotline at 727-395-2400 and got an appointment to get my first shot at the VA (clinic) in Cape Coral.

That same day, another veteran’s letter stated the VA called him and a friend in February to get their shots. The VA was calling from a list of veterans 75 and older until March, when the government added veterans who were teachers, firefighters, police, health workers and all TSA employees.  When all of those individuals were added, the VA quit using the list.

If you are an elderly veteran and still need a vaccine, call the number above and maybe you will get lucky like I did.

William Ochiltree, Cape Coral

CVS offered vaccination chance twice

Having read many letters in the paper from frustrated elders trying, without success, to register for vaccine shots through Publix, may I suggest: Try the CVS COVID vaccination portal.

I am 78, had registered for a shot in Belle Glade, had to cancel because of illness, recovered and registered again, this time in Fort Myers. I will get the vaccine (today).

Use more than one digital device — phone, tablet, laptop — at the same time. Good luck.

Jennifer Wyckoff, San Carlos Park area

‘Doesn’t seem fair, does it?’

My husband is 73 with health problems and I’m going on 65 with health issues of my own. We have been trying to get him an appointment for over a month and a half, with no success. Some of our war veterans have been trying for as long or maybe longer, also with no success.

Now let’s add (others) to that mix. Doesn’t seem fair, does it?

Annette Cramer, southeast of Naples

SWFL plea to governor for vaccine

Gov. Ron DeSantis, there is an extreme lack of COVID vaccine in Collier County. Why are you not taking care of the people of Florida? You and Rick Scott are the worst ever. Also, you have the worst staff ever; they never answer the phone!

Michele Ginder, East Naples

‘Vaccination support help line worked’

I sympathize with those people who have had no luck getting a shot via MyVaccineFl.com. I had the same problem; I registered Feb 1, with no call back to schedule.

Try 888-499-0851 (“the statewide COVID-19 vaccination support help line”). Worked for me. Got vaccine last week. Good luck.

Rosalie Gioino, Fort Myers

Media ‘biased’ on vaccinations, schools 

Our media could help deal with the polarization in our country. They seem to politicize everything. Look at the vaccine rollout here in Florida.

Certainly the process has not been terribly smooth, but I think it is pretty amazing with all the outlets we have in this state for delivering the vaccine: CVS, Walgreens, Publix, Winn-Dixie, hospitals, local health facilities, veterans and even some community associations.

Instead of applauding this, though, our media researches any potential ties any of these facilities have politically. For example, much was made of the fact that Publix contributed to DeSantis’ campaign, and the media attacked offerings in some community associations as favoritism. Isn’t it common sense that with all of the various avenues for distribution, a detailed investigation would find some tie to a political party?

Do you not think there were any ties at all in any of these outlets to Democrats?

Further, to consider the total bias of the media, ask why we have not had a thorough investigation of why schools are not open, even though the scientists say our schools should be open and Biden has said he would follow the scientists. Where is the investigation of the ties between the teachers unions and Biden? After all, the teachers unions contributed millions to the Biden campaign.

Ron Wobbeking, North Naples

‘Bill would complicate voting by mail’

I am writing to let everyone know about the effects that SB 90 in the state Legislature would have on all Floridians’ rights to vote early and by mail. The bill would purge millions of already approved applications to vote by mail.

It would require voters to ask for a mail ballot every calendar year instead of (a request) being valid through two election cycles, up to four years, as it is now.

This will affect not only senior citizens and those without a car, but also those with disabilities.

The bill would complicate voting by mail in Florida for voters and supervisors of elections. Is the legislature prepared to pay for this unnecessary and costly new mandate? It doesn’t provide any funding for implementation.


This bill is a solution in search of a problem. Florida already has an intense signature verification process and many other protections against fraud.

Florida had one of the acknowledged best-run elections in the country last fall. Let’s not make life more difficult for everyone — Republicans, Democrats and independents.

Suzanne C. Low, Bonita Springs

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