Vaccine Information & Testing locations

Vaccine Information: 

Two vaccines have been approved by the FDA for emergency use and two others are in the approval process. According to the governor’s plan, the vaccine will be distributed first to healthcare and essential workers on the front lines, senior living facilities and persons with medical conditions that place them at high risk for COVID-19 complications. As supply becomes steadily available, broader distribution will begin from pharmacies and healthcare providers to the general public. The vaccine will require two doses, administered between 3-4 weeks apart. 


Proof of residency is now required to receive the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in the state of Florida.

A Public Health Advisory was issued providing guidance for Floridians and public health partners. Every entity in the state administering the vaccine is expected to follow this guidance pertaining to new first-dose vaccinations going forward.


To prove residency:

  • An adult resident must provide the department with a copy of his or her valid Florida driver license issued under s. 322.18 or a copy of a valid Florida identification card issued under s. 322.051.

Or 

  • An adult seasonal resident who cannot meet the requirements above may provide the department with a copy of two of the following that show proof of residential address:
  • A deed, mortgage, monthly mortgage statement, mortgage payment booklet or residential rental or lease agreement.
  • One proof of residential address from the seasonal resident’s parent, step-parent, legal guardian or other person with whom the seasonal resident resides and a statement from the person with whom the seasonal resident resides stating that the seasonal resident does reside with him or her.
  • A utility hookup or work order dated within 60 days before registration in the medical use registry.
  • A utility bill, not more than 2 months old.
  • Mail from a financial institution, including checking, savings, or investment account statements, not more than 2 months old.
  • Mail from a federal, state, county, or municipal government agency, not more than 2 months old

You can view the governor's plan at: http://ww11.doh.state.fl.us/comm/_partners/covid19_report_archive/vaccination-plan/vaccination_plan_latest.pdf.


The Florida Department of Health (FDOH) has compiled a list of COVID-19 vaccine sites across Florida, which can be found here: https://bit.ly/3nBmbLS..


UPDATE: All 5,800 reservations have been filled for Thursday and Friday, January 21 and 22 at the Chamberlin Parkway site in Lee County. 

Lee County and the Florida Department of Health (FDOH-Lee) reopened reservations for 5,800 additional vaccine appointments Thursday and Friday, January 21 and 22. The vaccinations are available for people age 65 and older and frontline healthcare workers. The reservation call line opened at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, January 20 at 866-200-3468, now all reservations have been filled. 


Only people with appointments will be vaccinated at this site. Many of the appointments this week were allocated to those callers who were in the preregistration group from last week. FDOH-Lee is waiting for information on when and how much vaccine will be available next week. FDOH-Lee administered nearly 9,000 doses during last week alone at the site. Complete vaccination statistics are available at https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/.


The United Way 2-1-1 hotline remains available for general questions about the vaccination rollout. The hotline is not able to help make reservations or handle pre-registration. Residents are asked to refrain from calling United Way with specific questions for the reservation vendor.


Please be patient and follow our social media channels and website for additional updates. 

 

The vaccination schedule for this week is as follows:

COVID-19 FDOH Lee Vaccinations at Chamberlin Parkway sites on January 21-22, 2021

 

When those registered arrive on site, officials will request ID showing proof of age before allowing them to proceed through the process. People are asked arrive no more than 45 minutes before their assigned vaccination time. Even though this is an appointment system, processing times may vary. Be prepared for some wait time. This is not a drive-thru site.


Those with reservations can expedite the registration process can be prepared by visiting https://www.leegov.com/vaccine to read the Moderna vaccination information and to download, print and complete the consent form. 

 

City staff continues to monitor new developments with CDC guidance and the vaccination strategy. Updates will be provided as more information becomes available.

Vaccine FAQ's

For more complete information visit the Moderna vaccine FAQ page here. Common questions from residents include: 


When do I need the second dose, and where can I go to get it? 

The Lee county state-run vaccination sites are currently only offering the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. The second dose of Moderna should be administered 28 days after the initial dose. Florida Department of Health Lee County division will continue to administer vaccines in community-based settings by appointment. When your vaccine is administered, you will be provided with a reminder card that documents your vaccination including the type (Moderna) and the date you received your vaccine. It will also document the date you are due for your next dose. For assistance call Moderna Customer Care at 1-866-MODERNA (1-866-663-3762), or the United Way Lee County help line at 211, and indicate you have a COVID-19 vaccine question. 

If I get Moderna, can I get Pfizer for my second dose?

No, you cannot mix manufacturers. If your first dose is Moderna, your second dose must be Moderna. Lee County is currently only offering the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. As the number of doses provided to Lee County from the Department of Health increases, this may change. Take note of the vaccine you receive and make sure the second dose received is the same manufacturer. 

Second dose vaccine informationSecond Dose Moderna Vaccine Information for Lee County

Florida Department of Health-Lee (FDOH) has received second doses of vaccine for seniors 65 and older and frontline medical workers who received their first doses of the Moderna vaccine at various county sites Dec. 28-30. 

Those sites included: Estero Recreation Center, old Bonita Springs Library site, Fort Myers Stars Complex, East County Regional Library, Lakes Regional Library, Cape Coral Cultural Park Theatre and North Fort Myers Recreation Center. 

FDOH-Lee has contact information for all individuals who received their first dose at these sites.The state vendor, Tidal Basin, will call all individuals to schedule second-dose appointments. Those calls will begin Friday, Jan 15, for appointments to be scheduled on Wednesday, Jan. 27, and Thursday, Jan. 28. Not all individuals will receive calls Friday. Calls will continue through the weekend until Tidal Basin has scheduled all appointments. 

FDOH-Lee and Lee County ask that individuals anticipating a second-dose appointment call do the following:

·         Watch for text messages informing you that you will be receiving a call soon. 

·         Answer unknown numbers.

·         Check the settings on your mobile device to ensure unknown callers will be accepted and are not blocked. 

Tidal Basin will attempt three phone calls to each individual to schedule the follow-up appointment. FDOH-Lee will administer all second-dose vaccinations at the county’s site near Southwest Florida International Airport off Daniels Parkway. No second doses will be administered at parks, libraries or recreation centers.

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.) 

Information about second doses for people who received their shots in early January at the airport site off Daniels Parkway will be announced soon. No appointments for those individuals are being scheduled at this time. Questions can be directed to the Tidal Basin Help Line at 888-499-0851.

Testing Sites:  All state and county- run test sites are free and open to the public. 

Lee County Department of Health located at 3920 Michigan Avenue, Fort Myers, FL 33916

Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday

Walk-up and drive-up testing is available by appointment at the Lee County Department of Health main office, located at 3920 Michigan Avenue. 

  • Call 239-332-9501 for an appointment. 

CenturyLink Sports Complex, 14100 Ben C. Pratt/Six-Mile Cypress Pkwy, Fort Myers, FL 33912

**This site is not currently offering  COVID-19 Vaccinations. **

The Curative testing site at CenturyLink Sports Complex will be moving its operation to another location within the stadium complex site in preparation for the Minnesota Twins Spring Training starting in February. The site entrance will be on Crown Pointe Parkway, and signs on site will direct people to the correct area. The move will happen after close of operations on Thursday, Jan. 21, and the new location will be fully operational at 8 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 22. Other than the move, all other operations will remain the same. 

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Hours: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm, 7 days a week. Last car to be admitted into the gate at 3:00 pm.

 This site is now a walk-up site and will begin offering rapid-results antigen tests.

  • The rapid-results antigen tests will be given at no cost to individuals of any age
  •  8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily at the site
  •  Located at 14100 Six Mile Cypress Parkway, Fort Myers. 
  • No appointment is necessary but pre-registration is recommended, and number of spots available is shown at the website of the state’s vendor, Curative - http://curative.com/search
  • A government-issued ID is required.
  • Curative will provide results within one hour. Curative will communicate via text or email; individuals will not need to remain on site after their tests.
  • Individuals getting a test will park in a designated area and walk to testing stations set up on the property. Accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities. 
  • The primary test provided will now be the BinaxNOW rapid test. PCR tests still are available in certain scenarios and upon request. Antibody testing will no longer be offered.

Note: These two collection sites below (Page Field and Chester Street) require a doctors order and are not drive-thru services, individuals may incur a cost based on insurance:

Lee Convenient Care - Page Field, 4771 S Cleveland Ave Fort Myers, FL 33907

  • Open Tuesdays and Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. 
  • Patients require a doctor’s order and an appointment to have their sample collected for testing at these locations.There is a fee for this service. For patients with insurance, laboratory charges will be submitted to the patient’s insurance company and then a bill will be sent with a remaining balance that the insurance did not cover. For patients without insurance, there is an $87 out-of-pocket cost. To make an appointment, call 239-343-9800.

The Cape Coral mobile collection site at the Chester Street Resource Center 

  • Open Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Patients require a doctor’s order and an appointment to have their sample collected for testing at these locations.There is a fee for this service. For patients with insurance, laboratory charges will be submitted to the patient’s insurance company and then a bill will be sent with a remaining balance that the insurance did not cover. For patients without insurance, there is an $87 out-of-pocket cost. To make an appointment, call 239-343-9800.

Requirements:

  • Patients who want to get tested must have an order from their physician. 
  • Patients must meet specific process requirements. 
  • Patients must then call 239-343-9800 to schedule an appointment.
  • Patients will not be allowed to drive up without an order. 
  • Lee Health will provide educational materials on-site.
  • For more information visit: Lee Health Mobile testing sites here.