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Some senior citizens in Florida are so desperate to get coronavirus vaccinations, they spent a night camped in line for the first-come-first-served shots, according to reports Wednesday.
The sidewalk next to Lakes Regional Library in Fort Myers looked more like one outside a hot Broadway show — as dozens of elderly folks sat in folding chairs with blankets to get the life-saving jabs Tuesday, according to WINK News.
“This is worth it,” said 80-year-old Aaron Stern, who said he’d never camped out for concert tickets or Black Friday deals. “The opportunity to feel safe again and to be able to go out is wonderful.”
Other seniors in the state — where Gov. Ron DeSantis recently issued an order allowing people 65 and older to get vaccinated — said they were willing to brave long lines after seeing friends die from the virus.
“I’m scared, that’s why, and I wanna [feel] free,” senior Frank Mihalik told the outlet of why he’d come.
Other geriatric line-sitters — who brought snacks, coolers and sleeping bags — said they were desperate for the vaccination because they miss seeing family members and are sick of being stuck at home.
Senior Judy Morris said: “I haven’t seen my children in about a year … [I’ll do] whatever it takes.”
Outside Estero Park and Rec Center in Cape Coral, the number of seniors waiting for shots exceeded capacity by noon Tuesday — two hours before the clinic was scheduled to begin giving out vaccinations, according to USA Today.
DeSantis issued an executive order Saturday that ignored Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations for COVID-19 vaccine priority by letting seniors get the shots before essential workers.
The order sparked long lines at some sites in Lee County, prompting the sheriff’s office to send out a traffic alert due to crowding, the paper reported.