NICEVILLE, Fla. – Based on the project’s positive reviews now, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that many Florida Publix pharmacies will soon begin offering the COVID-19 vaccine to residents 65 years of age and older.
The governor made the announcement outside a grocery store in Niceville Tuesday morning. He said registration will open Wednesday for seven Publix stores in Okaloosa County, five in Santa Rosa County and six in Escambia County.
Hours later, DeSantis visited another Publix in Panama City Beach to inform the public that three stores in Walton County and five in Bay County will open for registration on Wednesday.
Imaging will begin on Thursday and the goal is to vaccinate 100 to 125 seniors each day at each location.
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“I can tell you that I visited many stores in Hernando County over the weekend, talked to all the seniors, 100% of them rated it high, everything was easy to get online. They have a great system for getting people to come through and people are happy with it. That’s what’s going to happen here, people will be happy with the way it works, ”DeSantis said.
He stressed that the Publix location is only open to seniors in Florida, and anyone who does not make an appointment will be denied.
“I mean, I know we have other states nearby here. You guys keep track of what your state is doing here. This will work for people in Florida, so we need it for the Escams. Via Santa Rosa and Okaloosa, ”DeSantis said Tuesday morning.
The full list of the Publix locations featured here is available.
Last week, DeSantis announced that select Publix locations in Marion, Citrus and Hernando districts would begin transplants.
Residents say that when an appointment is opened in Marion County, they will be full within minutes. But those who can block the channel say the process is smooth.
“It was wonderful, the appointment was finished,” Dave Barach said after receiving the drug.
DeSantis said he appreciates everything Publix does with the program, and he believes having images at the store will help it reach older people who may not be able to go to other vaccination locations.
“I think this will make a big difference and at the end of the day almost everyone is comfortable coming to the supermarket. Not everyone wants to go to the hospital, not everyone can drive across town to get to a large test site. Therefore, we seniors must do what we can to get them in their communities. And I want to thank Publix for stepping up, they were ready to go from day one, ”DeSantis said.
State records show that more than 342,000 older people have received at least the first dose.
Those wishing to get vaccinated at Publix can click here for more information.
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