Seniors wait in long lines just to sign up for vaccine appointments

Residents of Kings Point in Tamarac expected to receive COVID-19 shots this week

Tamarac seniors wait in long lines for coronavirus vaccine appointments
Tamarac seniors wait in long lines for coronavirus vaccine appointments

TAMARAC, Fla. – Hundreds of residents of the Kings Point retirement community in Tamarac lined up Monday to make appointments for COVID-19 vaccines that are expected to be administered over the next week.

The vaccines here are only for Kings Point residents who are 65 and older, but the staff had to stop taking appointments around 4 p.m. to make sure they didn’t overbook.

On Monday, thousands of residents were invited to make appointments to get their vaccines at the community’s main clubhouse

Many were frustrated they had to wait in a line.

“There’s a better way to do it,” one said.

“We’re not distant from each other,” said fellow resident Marilyn Hirsch.

But the bigger concern, Hirsch said, is whether there will be enough to take care of everyone who lives here.

Andres Gonzalez, social director at Kings Point, says they will be receiving 5,000 vaccines for the first round.

“So actually we will have enough time and enough vaccines for everybody,” he said.

Gonzalez says they will continue taking appointments Tuesday, and if they receive the shots Monday night, they will begin administering them Tuesday.

For more information about appointments for COVID-19 vaccines elsewhere in Broward County, click here.