Publix pharmacies in Jacksonville, Clay and Columbia counties to offer COVID-19 vaccinations

Next round of appointments at 593 Publix stores opens at 7 a.m. Wednesday

Florida’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution partnership with the supermarket chain Publix is expanding to three more Northeast Florida counties this week.

Starting Wednesday at 7 a.m., seniors will be able to book appointments for stores in Duval, Clay and Columbia counties, the grocery store announced Tuesday.

Appointments at stores in Alachua, Flagler, Nassau, St. Johns and others across the state will also open at 7 a.m.

Florida residents age 65 and older can make an appointment using the online reservation system at Appointments cannot be made by phone.

The state requires people receiving their first vaccine dose to provide proof of residency.

There are now 325 Publix pharmacies in 23 Florida counties administering vaccinations.

Starting by the end of this week, vaccines will be in 593 Publix stores statewide across 41 counties, Gov. Ron DeSantis said during a press conference in Jacksonville on Tuesday where he announced vaccinations will soon begin in Walmart stores.

“With the addition of doses provided by the federal government, we are able to offer more Florida residents the opportunity to be vaccinated,” said Publix CEO Todd Jones. “It is our privilege to serve during this time as we all work together to reduce the impact of the coronavirus in the state of Florida.”

Southeastern Grocers said Tuesday it will begin administering coronavirus vaccines at 40 Winn-Dixie stores, including four in Duval County.