Appointments for Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine fully booked at Publix: Here’s when more will open up

Some Florida residents were able to book an appointment Wednesday for Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccination at Publix.

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In less than an hour, appointments at all Central Florida Publix stores were booked.

Publix said educators, regardless of age, will be prioritized for the vaccine until further notice.

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A new federal directive prioritizes “teachers, school staff, and childcare workers employed in preprimary, primary, and secondary schools as well as Head Start and Early Head Start programs (including teachers, staff, and bus drivers) and those who work as or for licensed childcare providers, including center-based and family care providers.”

Publix said wait times for other eligible groups may be longer than normal.

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Vaccination appointments are available for the following people:

  • Long-term care facility residents and staff
  • People aged 65 years and older
  • People under 65 deemed extremely vulnerable
  • Health care personnel with direct patient contact
  • K-12 school employees
  • Sworn law enforcement officers aged 50 years and older
  • Firefighters aged 50 years and older

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Residents have to provide proof of residency to be vaccinated.

Publix is not allowing residents to make an appointment by phone — they must make an appointment online.

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To learn more about making an appointment, click here.

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Katlyn Brieskorn, WFTV.com

Katlyn Brieskorn is a Digital Assignment Editor at WFTV. She joined Channel 9 in July 2019.