Publix Giving COVID Vaccines in These Three States

Supermarket chain Publix is now offering COVID vaccinations to eligible residents of at least three states via its in-store pharmacies.

Although vaccine supplies remain limited, the retailer's website says the program is open in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. Some doses have also been administered in Virginia. Publix is using the Moderna vaccine and jabs are provided at no cost to the patient.

Vaccination appointments can only be booked online—and cannot be held by contacting Publix or the in-store pharmacies directly.

Earlier this month, the company announced that it had administered 300,000 doses across Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Virginia. Here's how to check if you are eligible to receive the vaccine at Publix and how to book online.

The process can be broken down into six steps:

  • Visit the Publix COVID webpage
  • Select state (Florida, Georgia or South Carolina)
  • Identify the next open appointments
  • Wait for appointment on state page
  • Follow on-screen cues and choose appointment time and location
  • Check your confirmation email

All applicants will be asked to provide some personal information, including date of birth, address, email, Medicare ID number if applicable, state and county, as well as an emergency contact name and number.

They will also be asked about any allergies and long-term health history, while proof of residency may need to be shown before the first appointment.

Before the second appointment, Publix has said customers will need to bring a drivers license and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) vaccination record card to fill out an immunization consent form. The forms can be downloaded on the Publix website.

Florida

Vaccine appointments opened at 593 Publix pharmacies in 41 Florida counties on February 10. In line with state guidelines, vaccinations are being provided to residents who are 65 and older.

Publix said its pharmacies would administer COVID vaccines in the following counties as supplies last: Alachua, Bay, Brevard, Charlotte, Citrus, Clay, Collier, Columbia, DeSoto, Duval, Escambia, Flagler, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian River, Lake, Lee, Leon, Manatee, Marion, Martin, Monroe, Nassau, Okaloosa, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, St. Johns, St. Lucie, Santa Rosa, Sarasota, Seminole, Sumter, Suwanee, Volusia and Walton.

The full list of Florida pharmacies offering appointments is on the Publix website. Customers are advised to check online if any slots are available.

Vaccine shipments have been delayed by the inclement weather. Appointments scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday this week were not affected, Publix said. Florida's vaccine eligibility requirements are available via the state government website.

Georgia

The Publix website says all available COVID vaccine appointments have been claimed. Additional appointments will be announced as it receives more doses. Georgia's vaccine eligibility requirements can be found on the state government website.

South Carolina

The Publix website says all available COVID vaccine appointments have been claimed. More slots will be announced when the chain receives vaccine supplies. South Carolina's eligibility requirements are on the state government website.

Vaccines are also being sent to retail pharmacies under a federal program, a collaboration between the U.S. government and more than 20 partners, including Walmart, Walgreens, CVS and Rite Aid.

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Customers wearing face masks enter a Publix supermarket in Miramar, Florida, on July 16, 2020. The chain is now offering COVID vaccines in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. Johnny Louis/Getty