Publix expands COVID-19 vaccine program; here’s when you can make an appointment

VERO BEACH, Fla. — Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Tuesday that Publix is expanding its COVID-19 vaccine program.

DeSantis said eight stores in Indian River County and 11 stores in St. Lucie County will begin offering the vaccine Wednesday.

So far, 261 Publix’s are offering the vaccine in Florida, according to the governor.

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DeSantis said there will be two opportunities this week for seniors to sign up to receive the vaccine.

The first opportunity will be at 6 a.m. Wednesday.

One hour after the portal opened, appointments were booked in four Central Florida counties.

The next opportunity residents will have to make an appointment is at 6 a.m. Friday.

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Florida residents who are 65 and older are eligible to receive the vaccine.

The stores will give out 100 to 125 vaccines per day, and an appointment is required.

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

Click here to make an appointment.

Katlyn Brieskorn, WFTV.com

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