1 May 2021
We here at Sanibel Holiday hope everyone has been able to get their COVID-19 vaccine shot(s), be it the two doses of Moderna or Pfizer, or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson (recently returned to distribution after a safety precaution).
Our guest blogger Matt just returned from his second trip to a clinic sponsored by F.I.S.H. of San-Cap where the Pfizer vaccine was being distributed to Sanibel and Captiva residents and other qualified applicants. “Believe it or not, some people living or visiting Sanibel don’t have transportation to go off the island to get a vaccine as far inland as the Edison Mall and the airport. They also can’t afford the taxi trip that would cost up to $60.00.” After sending a letter to Governor Ron DeSantis, F.I.S.H. and the Florida Department of Health arranged for hundreds to receive the Pfizer vaccine on April 9 and 30 at the Sanibel Community House on Periwinkle Way (next to the Island Cow restaurant). “It was very quick and efficient,” said Matt. “They take your temperature at the front door, walk in to confirm your appointment and sign in. They had me fill out a questionnaire to make sure I wasn’t on any blood-thinning medication or had tested positive for COVID in the last 90 days and such. Before long, they bring you into the clinic room and sit next to a volunteer nurse. I hardly felt the needle, but I would’ve preferred the shot to be taken orally, like a tequila shot. They have you sit in another waiting area with bottled waters and snacks for another 15 minutes to make sure you aren’t getting any side effects, and that’s it. Not even an hour.”
We’ve just learned that F.I.S.H. has also scheduled a third clinic for next Friday (May 7), again at the Sanibel Community House and this time featuring the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) one-dose vaccine. If you are on the islands and need to be innoculated (or know someone who does), please contact F.I.S.H. at (239) 472-4775 to see if you or they qualify (16 years and older) and make an appointment.
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