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Publix is working with Florida governor for more vaccines

By Joe Callahan
Ocala Star-Banner

A Publix spokeswoman said on Monday that the store's online reservation system will continue to be the only way to register for COVID-19 vaccinations once the grocery store chain receives a new shipment of vaccines and can reopen its portal.

Maria Brous, director of communications for Publix, said in an email that her company "took every precaution possible with our online reservation system to avoid panic and provide a pleasant experience for our customers."

"While all available appointments have been reserved, our website does encourage customers to check back daily for updates, as appointments may become available," Brous wrote. The address is publix.com/covid-vaccine.

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Brous said that 5,000 customers, age 65 and older, received their COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday and Friday last week at stores in Marion, Citrus and Hernando counties.

"As customers receive their first dose, they will also be assured a second dose at the same location, 28 days later, at their same appointment time," she noted. "A reminder call will be placed two weeks out. We will prioritize our next doses for the second administration of the vaccine."

She said Publix will continue to work with Gov. Ron DeSantis's office on next steps, and the store hopes "to have more vaccines available in the near future."

Last week, DeSantis came to Ocala to announce a pilot program with Publix. Twenty-two stores, including 11 in Marion County, are providing vaccinations to residents ages 65 and older.

Publix will administer a total of 15,000 first doses, which will be supplied by the state, of the Moderna vaccine. Each participating store can schedule approximately 120 vaccinations per day while supplies last, Publix officials noted in a news release.

Vaccinations are by appointment only. Customers can make an appointment at publix.com/covid-vaccine

The vaccinations will be provided at no cost.

"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," the news release stated.

— Contact Joe Callahan at 897-0307 or at joe.callahan@starbanner.com. Follow him on Twitter @JoeOcalaNews.

Where to get a vaccination at Publix 

Publix vaccine locations in Marion County:

• Belleview Commons: 10135 SE US Hwy. 441, Belleview.

• Rainbow Square Shopping Center: 11352 N. Williams St., Suite 400, Dunnellon.

• Forty East Shopping Center: 3450 E. Silver Springs Blvd.

• Canopy Oak Center: 8075 SW Hwy. 200, Unit 111

• Park View Commons: 3035 SE Maricamp Road

• The Shops at Foxwood: 2765 NW 49th Ave., Suite 301

• Grand Oaks Town Center: 2575 SW 42nd St., Suite 100

• Pearl Britain Plaza: 2647 NE 35th St.

• Churchill Square: 303 SE 17th St.

• Heather Island Plaza: 7578 SE Maricamp Road, Suite 100

• Heath Brook Commons: 5400 SW College Road, Suite 200