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Publix doubles vaccine distribution with total of 49 stores

Current coronavirus vaccination sites in Citrus and Hernando counties will continue the service, along with sites in five new counties.
A shopper is seen leaving the Publix Super Markets store located along U.S. 19 in Tarpon Springs Wednesday, July 8, 2020.
A shopper is seen leaving the Publix Super Markets store located along U.S. 19 in Tarpon Springs Wednesday, July 8, 2020. [ CHRIS URSO | Times ]
Published Jan. 12
Updated Jan. 12

Publix will soon administer COVID-19 vaccines in 49 stores across eight counties, roughly doubling its reach since its vaccination program began last week, the chain announced Tuesday.

The Lakeland retailer is providing the vaccines to those 65 and older through a collaboration with the state health department. Select Publix stores in Bay, Escambia, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Walton counties will now have the vaccine available. Although Marion County had stores with vaccine starting last week, large retirement community the Villages will soon provide the vaccine, too.

The newly added stores will begin accepting vaccination appointments Wednesday. The existing 22 stores will continue to provide vaccines. As of Tuesday, no stores in Pinellas, Hillsborough or Pasco counties were offering vaccinations.

“For 90 years, Publix has served its customers and communities in times of need,” Publix CEO Todd Jones said in a statement. “Our ability to provide these vaccinations to Florida’s 65-and-older population is a privilege. We are grateful to Governor DeSantis for his willingness to work with us to serve our communities.

On Jan. 5, Publix and the Florida Department of Health announced 15,000 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine would begin to be distributed at 22 stores in Hernando, Citrus and Marion counties.

Those who are 65 and older can receive the vaccines by appoint only at no cost. Appointments must be made online at publix.com/covidvaccine.

Those with health insurance need to bring their insurance card to their appointment. Those without health insurance should come prepared with their driver’s license or Social Security number.

Publix said last week each participating store would get about 120 vaccinations per day while supplies last. The retailer’s pharmacists began administering vaccinations to customers on Jan. 7.

A list of the 49 stores participating as of Jan 12 can be found here.

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