Publix COVID-19 vaccine appointments already full

Publix is offering the COVID-19 vaccine to residents 65 and older in three Florida counties: Marion, Citrus, and Hernando. However, according to the Publix website, appointments for the vaccine are already booked up.

FOX 35 spoke with a customer in Ocala who was able to get an appointment.

"We called the health department, too, and put in a request for an appointment, but we haven’t got called," Mary Ellen Kattleman said. "So, when we heard about Publix, I said, ‘Let’s try that.’"

It's part of a new pilot program opening up more access to the vaccine.

In Marion County, 11 Publix stores will administer the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine will be offered at 22 Publix locations in Florida.

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"We actually have 15,000 doses on hand," Governor Ron DeSantis said this week. "It measures out to 120 doses a day in those 22 stores in 3 counties."

The shots are free to front-line healthcare workers, residents of long-term care facilities, and seniors 65 and up.

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"Of course, it does require that secondary shot, so if anyone has any questions, they can ask the qualified pharmacy staff who can answer them, and they'll provide a reminder when they have to come back for the second dose of the vaccine."

Governor DeSantis says if it is successful, it could roll out to the grocer’s pharmacies statewide.

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