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Publix closes appointment scheduling for coronavirus vaccines

The state received 15,000 doses to distribute to seniors

All of Publix’s COVID-19 vaccine slots have been filled, according to the company’s website.

Appointments for the vaccines opened Thursday, two days after Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that 22 stores would receive and administer the Moderna vaccine as part of a pilot program.

The state allocated a total of 15,000 vaccines to stores in Marion, Citrus and Hernando counties to distribute for free to people 65 and older.

“We continue to work with the Governor DeSantis’s office to secure additional doses,” Publix spokesperson Maria Brous said in an email to the Tampa Bay Times. “We anticipate receiving additional supply next week.”

More than 384,000 people had been vaccinated statewide according to the health department’s report Thursday. However, as Florida has opened COVID-19 vaccines to seniors, local health departments have been faced with scheduling issues, miscommunications and a demand that far exceeds the available supply.

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