More retailers plan to help with COVID-19 vaccine rollout

No set date when shots could start at Winn-Dixie, Walmart and Sam’s Club

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Within about 2 ½ hours Friday, all Publix COVID-19 vaccine appointments were booked up, including at locations in St. Johns and Flagler counties.

The next time to make an appointment online is at 6 a.m. Wednesday. The Publix vaccine appointments are for health care workers, people age 65 and up and long-term residents and staff. You must be a Florida resident.

As the demand for the COVID-19 vaccine continues, more retailers are expected to help with the distribution. Winn-Dixie, Walmart and Sam’s Club are expected to begin shots, but right now there is no set date when the shots could start.

According to its website, Winn-Dixie plans to offer the vaccine to people, health care workers and long-term residents first. There’s no date yet for when the vaccines will be available and Winn-Dixie’s website does not currently list the store locations where the vaccine will be offered.

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Walmart said it’s prepared to administer the COVID-19 vaccine at its more than 5,000 stores and Sam’s Club pharmacies nationwide when it’s asked to do so. The company right now is ensuring it has enough freezers to store the shots. According to Walmart’s website, at full capacity, it expects to be able to deliver 10-13 million doses per month when supply and allocations allow.

CVS, which is already administering the shots, has also given a target for its vaccination rollout. The company said that once vaccines are available to the general public, CVS will begin offering them in its nearly 10,000 pharmacy locations nationwide. It expects to be able to administer as many as 20-25 million shots per month.

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