On Friday, January 29, the City of Marco Island, in conjunction with the Collier County Health Department and Collier County EMS, held the second successful event on the island for the administration of 200 COVID-19 vaccinations. This came on the heels of the first drive-through event held at Veterans Community Park a week prior.
Last week’s event was held at Mackle Community Park, receiving accolades from those who attended the event. By switching the location, they were able to have attendees receive their shots inside the Mackle Park building, providing both those working the event as well as recipients of the shots with adequate protection from the elements.
“This was unbelievably well organized,” said Debbie Schmelka, who had two friends of hers help make her reservation for the event earlier in the week. “I can’t believe how easy it was, how fast the process went,” said Schmelka as she exited the building with the help of her friends who were visiting from North Dakota.
Margaret Crabtree was equally pleased with the ease of the process. “This was just simply wonderful,” commented Crabtree.
Fire Chief Chris Byrne said that the department, as well as the entire city staff, was exceptionally pleased as he watched recipients disappear into the building. “I can’t tell you how pleased all of us are at how smoothly this is running today. I thought last week was a homerun at Veterans Community Park. This is a grand slam here today,” said Byrne.
As with the first set of appointments, reservations for the January 29 vaccinations quickly were exhausted on the Wednesday prior to the Friday vaccination day. The numbers of attempted logins on the City server overpowered its capacity, causing it and the City’s incoming phone lines to freeze up.
City staff members have requested patience during this stressful time, and have committed to doing everything in their power to continue to serve the community in a safe process to ensure vaccine opportunities are maximized for those seeking the vaccine, contingent upon its availability.
Late last week, the State of Florida launched a new pre-registration site that will allow residents to sign up for the vaccine by county. You may do it yourself or have someone accomplish it for you by going to myvaccine.fl.gov. The following are eligible to do so:
- Individuals 65 years of age and older
- Long-term facility residents and staff
- Healthcare personnel with direct patient contact
- Individuals deemed by hospital providers to be extremely vulnerable to COVID-19
If you would prefer to receive additional information regarding the COVID-19 vaccine in Collier County by phone, please call Toll Free 1-(866)-201-4885, TTY 1-(833)-990-3490.
Stay tuned to the city website at www.cityofmarcoisland.com or www.coastalbreezenews.com for any future additions to vaccination opportunities here on Marco Island or through any of the alternate sources.