The Publix COVID-19 vaccine program added 56 more stores Wednesday, a day after 27 Publix pharmacies were added to the state’s list. There are no 105 pharmacies that offer the vaccine in South Florida, the state’s center of COVID-19 patients.
On Wednesday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said 56 Publix stores in Flagler, St.Johns, Volusia and Collier counties would be offering thousands of the vaccine to people 65 and older Thursday through stores. Their medicine. The 105 stores that will handle most of the vaccines are in North and Central Florida.
Publix vaccinations, according to appointments, will start Thursday for new stores. Eligible persons can make an appointment and view the store̵7;s location at publix.com/covidvaccine
The 12 counties to vaccinate through Publix are Bay, Citrus, Collier, Escambia, Flagler, Hernando, Marion, Okaloosa, St. Johns, Santa Rosa, Volusia and Walton.
Miami-Dade, Broward and the Palm Beach County, the three southeastern Florida counties with the most coronavirus cases in the state, did not participate.
Publix communications director Maria Brous told the Miami Herald when the program began that the company was working with DeSantis’ offices to select counties. Some of the factors that are important to the state are access to populations 65 and older and more rural areas, she said.
As of Wednesday, each of the 12 counties had fewer than 30,000 cases and 1,000 deaths, according to the Florida Department of Health, a total of 182,481 of the state’s 1,517,472 and 3,279 of 23,396 died in Florida.
Miami-Dade, on the other hand, had 334,217 confirmed cases and 4,472 deaths on Tuesday.Broward had 153,715 cases and 1,943 deaths, while Palm Beach had a total of 4,472 cases of death. 93,994 confirmed cases and 1,983 deaths.All three counties had more than 560,000 COVID-19 cases in the state.
There are talks to start including South Florida in the Publix vaccine program.
DeSantis met with Palm Beach leaders on storage and allowed more than 70 Publix stores to manage the vaccine in the South Florida area, Sun-Sentinel reported.Palm Beach will be the first district in South Florida to join the Publix vaccine program.
Mac Bernard, Palm Beach Commissioner, told the Sun-Sentinel each store could offer approximately 100-150 appointments a day, allowing more than 7,000 seniors to receive their daily vaccinations.
Rachel Johnson, communications director for Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava, said she had never heard of plans to bring the program to the county.