Winn-Dixie COVID Vaccine Registration Details and How to Book an Appointment

Winn-Dixie, the supermarket chain based in Jacksonville, Florida, will begin offering COVID-19 vaccinations to people in the state this week.

The chain has about 500 stores in Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia and Mississippi. For now, it will only be offering the vaccine in Florida.

Winn-Dixie's parent company Southeastern Grocers, which also owns BI-LO, Fresco y Más and Harveys Supermarket, said it would initially receive approximately 8,100 doses of the Moderna vaccine to administer in Florida. The move is part of the federal retail pharmacy program, which began distributing shots directly to pharmacies across the country this week.

Southeastern Grocers stores will start administering the Moderna jab on Thursday to eligible recipients in some Winn-Dixie, Fresco y Más and Harveys Supermarket locations. To book an appointment at Winn-Dixie, visit the retailer's website.

Because of limited supplies, vaccination slots may be difficult to find at first.

As part of the federal initiative, Winn-Dixie will be providing vaccinations at 43 locations in these Florida counties: Alachua, Baker, Bay, Bradford, Brevard, Charlotte, Citrus, Clay, Collier, Duval, Escambia, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian River, Jackson, Lake, Madison, Manatee, Marion, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Okaloosa, Pasco, Putnam, Sarasota, Sumter and Volusia.

In line with state guidance, the retailer will initially offer the vaccine to health care workers, residents and staff of long-term care facilities, and adults aged 65 and older.

The vaccine is free, with or without health insurance, according to Southeastern Grocers. Individuals who have policies must provide their health insurance card during their appointment. People without insurance should present a valid driver's license or social security card.

As vaccine production increases, Southeastern Grocers plans to administer free doses at all 231 of its in-store pharmacies throughout the Southeast, 159 of which are in Florida.

"In the coming months, the grocer will also provide additional COVID-19 vaccines at pharmacy locations and will coordinate future drive-thru clinics to administer free COVID-19 vaccines in additional underserved communities as availability expands," Southeastern Grocers said in a statement.

The federal retail pharmacy program is a collaboration between the federal government, states and territories, and 21 national pharmacy partners and independent pharmacy networks, which aims to increase access to COVID-19 vaccination across the United States.

In Florida, Walmart/Sam's Club, Publix Super Markets and Southeastern Grocers have been selected to begin administering vaccines under the program, with 490 locations taking part.

The sites were chosen based on factors including the ability to reach high-priority groups, according to Governor Ron DeSantis. Florida is expected to receive 65,300 doses of the Moderna vaccine in the first week of the program. These are in addition to existing federal government allocations.

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Syringes with the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine
Syringes containing the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in a tray at the Doolittle Senior Center in Las Vegas on February 3. Ethan Miller/Getty Images