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COVID-19 vaccines coming to Florida Winn-Dixie, Fresco y Más stores

The Florida grocer says select locations will offer Moderna vaccine starting Feb. 11.
Select Winn-Dixie stores across Florida will begin administering COVID-19 vaccines starting next week. Pictured is the Winn-Dixie+Pharmacy on 34th Street N in St. Petersburg on Friday.
Select Winn-Dixie stores across Florida will begin administering COVID-19 vaccines starting next week. Pictured is the Winn-Dixie+Pharmacy on 34th Street N in St. Petersburg on Friday. [ BILL VARIAN | Times ]
Published Feb. 5
Updated Feb. 9

Winn-Dixie stores across Florida will begin administering 8,100 COVID-19 vaccines next week.

Winn-Dixie’s parent company, Southeastern Grocers, said the vaccines will be available at its other chains, too, including Fresco y Más starting Feb. 11. Southeastern Grocers has not specified which counties or locations will have appointments available but will offer openings through an online portal.

“We are all in this together, and as availability continues to expand, our expert pharmacists stand ready to begin vaccinations throughout the communities we serve to help combat the coronavirus across the Southeast,” Southeastern Grocers CEO Anthony Hucker said in a statement.

The Jacksonville-based grocer says the stores will begin offering the vaccine through partnerships with the the state, U.S. health department and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The vaccines will be available to health care workers, residents and staff of long-term care facilities and those 65 and older.

Further, the grocer says it has plans to coordinate drive-thru clinics in under-served communities as more doses become available.

Related: Publix to offer coronavirus vaccines at Pinellas, Pasco stores

Southeastern Grocers has 231 in-store pharmacies across its footprint, including 159 in Florida. The vaccine will also be available at some Harveys Supermarket stores.

Customers will be able to get Moderna COVID-19 vaccinations at select Winn-Dixie locations that have pharmacies.
Customers will be able to get Moderna COVID-19 vaccinations at select Winn-Dixie locations that have pharmacies. [ [BILL VARIAN |Times] ]

“The State of Florida is proud to partner with Winn-Dixie, Fresco y Más and Harveys Supermarkets to provide eligible Floridians across the state access to the vaccine,” Gov. Ron DeSantis said in statement. “We look forward to collaborating and expanding these efforts, together.”

Southeastern Grocers says appointment blocks and locations will be posted to its chains’ online portals as they become available.

The vaccines are free with or without insurance. Those with health insurance are required to bring their card during their scheduled appointment. Those without insurance will need provide a valid driver’s license or Social Security card.

The state has been partnering with Lakeland-based Publix for the last several weeks to administer COVID-19 vaccines. Publix says its program now spans 325 stores in 23 counties.

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