FISH of SanCap, a social service nonprofit located on Sanibel Island, wrapped up their second opportunity for community members to receive the COVID-19 vaccination through the on-island pop-up site on Friday, April 9. The Sanibel Community House partnered with FISH by offering their location. The Department of Health administered 300 first doses of the Pfizer vaccine. The second dose will be given on April 30, again at the Community House.
Following a letter addressed to Governor Ron DeSantis and local elected officials outlining the need for COVID-19 vaccines on Sanibel, FISH secured two ‘pop-up’ vaccination sites in March and April. FISH was assisted by other island partners such as the Rotary Club of Sanibel-Captiva, the City of Sanibel Police Department, Sanibel Fire Department, Parish Nurses, Medical Offices, Pharmacies, City of Sanibel Officials and FISH volunteers.
“Being able to offer 550 vaccinations between the two offerings was an incredible step toward assisting our most vulnerable residents and those still needing the vaccination,” states Maria Espinoza, Assistant Executive Director at FISH. “We are honored that our community partners were so willing to be a part of our team.”
FISH is a “neighbors helping neighbors” organization as the islands only wrap-around service provider offering a wide range of human services. They will continue to work with the Department of Health to insure that anyone living or working on Sanibel and Captiva islands that wants the COVID-19 vaccination has the opportunity to do so in their own backyard.
FISH still needs volunteers for the April 30 second dose site. Interested individuals make contact FISH at 239-472-4775 for information. To learn more about FISH of SanCap, please visit their website at www.fishofsancap.org