I hope you are well. Many of you have received at least the first dose of the vaccine. Please remember that full immunity is not achieved until about two weeks after the second dose and please continue wearing a mask, practicing good hand hygiene and social distancing.
Vaccines: I know for some it has been frustrating, but, it will improve as the vaccine supply does. Please note; only go to the approved sites below for appointments and no legitimate site will charge for the vaccine. The Governor is expanding vaccine sites to Sam’s Club, Walmart, and Winn Dixie for those over 65. Sign up will begin on 02/12/2021.
· Walmart and Sam’s Club – www.walmart.com/COVIDvaccine and www.samsclub.com/covid (sites also in Lee County). Availability pending; visit websites to sign up for free guest accounts if needed and check for upcoming registrations.
· Winn-Dixie – www.winndixie.com/pharmacy/covid-vaccine. Collier location booked for the first day, potential availability at other sites. Check the website for details and future appointment notices.
Marco Island Vaccine Distribution: Full time and seasonal residents of Marco Island who are 65 and older can pre-register at any time by visiting marcoisland.typeform.com/to/dHSgaQze.
Florida State vaccine website link: https://myvaccine.fl.gov/
Appointments in Collier County for the COVID-19 vaccine: Registration links
Publix receives vaccine weekly and you may register at https://www.publix.com/covid-vaccine
Appointments for the vaccine in Collier County by phone: 1-866-201-4885
There are available times at the Hard Rock Casino or the Florida Marlins Stadium periodically. You will need to call 786-629-5752 to make the appointment.
NCH has done over 61,000 coronavirus tests and, has cared for just over 2000 patients in the hospital since the start of the pandemic. The mortality rate has been among the lowest in the nation.
Testing sites in Collier County include: Advanced Medical Center (566-7676), Vava Clinic (331-8520), the health department (252-8200), EPN urgent care (775-2300), CVS (261-6444 and 775-5450), the VA Clinic (659-9188) and Pebblebrook Pharmacy 353-0800.
Below is the link to the updated NCH COVID information page:
Paul Jones MD