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Publix works with Florida on vaccines

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LAKELAND, Fla. — Publix is partnering with the Florida Department of Health to distribute approximately 15,000 doses of the Moderna COVID‑19 vaccine to customers ages 65 and older, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced at a press conference on Tuesday.

The vaccine will initially be available at 22 stores in Florida’s Citrus, Hernando and Marion counties.

“It’s our privilege to work with Governor DeSantis as a distributor of this important vaccine,” said Publix vice president of pharmacy Dain Rusk. “We’re grateful to play a role in helping to protect the health and well-being of people at risk of serious complications from the coronavirus. We look forward to a time when everyone who wants a vaccination is able to receive one.”

Each store can schedule approximately 120 vaccinations per day, while supplies last. Vaccinations are by appointment only starting on Thursday, January 7. Customers can make an appointment by using the online reservation system on

Vaccinations are provided at no cost, the retailer said. Customers with insurance will need to bring their insurance card, and customers without insurance will need to provide their driver’s license or Social Security number.


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