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Lee Health taking appointments for boosters

System also resuming elective procedures that require an overnight hospital stay

By CJ HADDAD - | Oct 7, 2021

cjhaddad@breezenewspapers.com

Lee Health is now booking appointments for COVID-19 booster shots.

With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issuing recommendations for booster doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, Lee Health announced on Tuesday that eligible patients looking to receive a supplementary shot could make an appointment online. Lee Health officials said they are not accepting walk-in booster shot vaccine appointments at this time.

Officials also said there has not yet been guidance issued on a booster dose for the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines.

Lee Health’s free vaccination clinic at Gulf Coast Medical Center in Fort Myers (13681 Doctors Way) is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Individuals looking to become vaccinated can visit www.LeeHealth.org or call 239-343-0999 to schedule an appointment. A parent or guardian must accompany a minor.

For more information on who is eligible for the booster dose please visit the CDC’s website at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/booster-shot.html.

Elective surgeries return

Lee Health announced on Monday that elective surgeries requiring an overnight hospital stay have resumed. These elective surgeries have been on pause since Aug. 4 for the safety of the community and to help preserve resources as Lee Health treated hundreds of patients for COVID-19.

“While the pandemic is still threatening our community, COVID-19 hospitalizations have reached a level where we can safely restart elective procedures,” said Lee Health President and CEO Dr. Larry Antonucci in a statement. “I thank all of our patients for their understanding as their non-life-threatening surgeries were temporarily delayed. The best thing our community can do to help prevent further COVID-19 surges is to get vaccinated today.”