Hundreds receive COVID vaccine at Sanibel Community House
SANIBEL, Fla. – Hundreds of people were able to get vaccinated at the Sanibel Community House Friday in a vaccination clinic organized by the Department of Health and F.I.S.H of Sanibel-Captiva.
Other community organizations like the Rotary club and local churches helped.
Three hundred people were vaccinated in the second clinic they have been able to hold.
Maria Espinoza, the assistant executive director at F.I.S.H of Sanibel-Captiva, said the goal was to provide access for people on the island, many of which were struggling to get a shot.
“There were elderly who didn’t have access to laptops out here on the island or tablets, and the ones who did, didn’t know how to get into them,” Espinoza said.
In addition, travel time to and from the island and other pharmacies and vaccination sites added another barrier for many.
“For our elder population, it’s very difficult to get somewhere,” Espinoza said. “You’re talking about a two-hour drive sometimes just to the airport and then two hours back. For our workforce, it’s almost impossible to go on a break because it takes so long to go out there.”
Back in March, F.I.S.H Sanibel-Captiva sent a letter to Governor Ron DeSantis urging for vaccines in the area. Espinoza said this clinic was likely as a result of that letter.
With more residents who need to be vaccinated, F.I.S.H Sanibel-Captiva is working to put together another clinic in the near future.
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