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Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Tuesday that the state is teaming up with Publix to get coronavirus vaccines to Florida seniors.
During an unannounced stop at an Ocala-area Publix, the Governor said that both the Florida Division of Emergency Management and Florida Department of Health are working with the company to set up vaccination sites.
“As part of our ongoing efforts to increase vaccinations and put Florida’s seniors first, I’m pleased to announce this innovative partnership with Publix,” DeSantis said. “At the end of the day, we are all in this together, and the state of Florida thanks Publix for their willingness to step up and lend their infrastructure to this critical cause.”
The partnership will see Publix receive 15,000 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to launch a pilot program at 22 Publix locations starting Friday. The locations are in three counties: three in Citrus County, 11 in Hernando County, and eight in Marion County.
“Of all the things we’ve done, this Publix announcement I think is one of the most exciting because of the potential convenience for seniors, but then the potential for this to be a major force multiplier throughout the state of Florida,” DeSantis said.
He added, “Vaccines are not new to Publix. They provide millions of vaccine doses each year. They know what they need to do and they’re able to get it done.
Publix will conduct vaccinations by appointment only. Recipients must be 65 or older to get the vaccine.
Appointment registration is not yet open, with the grocer’s website asking customers to “check back soon for more information.” A list of participating stores is available on Publix’s website.
— 1,367,778 FL residents (+15,556 since Monday)
— 24,345 Non-FL residents (-125 since Monday*)
— 11,402 Travel related
— 513,810 Contact with a confirmed case
— 14,636 Both
— 827,930 Under investigation
— 63,882 in FL
— 22,515 in FL
*As reported by the state.
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“This is something that’s going to be good for these three counties initially. And I think this is going to be something that we’re going to be able to replicate throughout the state of Florida.” — Gov. Ron DeSantis, on the Publix vaccination partnership.
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