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DeSantis announces partnership with Publix to open COVID-19 vaccination sites

22 pilot locations will be open in three counties: Citrus, Hernando and Marion

By Staff | Jan 6, 2021

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Gov, Ron DeSantis announced late Tuesday that the Florida Division of Emergency Management and Florida Department of Health have partnered with Publix Supermarkets to establish COVID-19 vaccination sites. Governor DeSantis made this announcement at the first Publix vaccination site in Ocala.

The initial locations will be in Citrus, Hernando and Marion counties.

Through a partnership with FDEM and FDOH, Publix is receiving 15,000 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to launch a new pilot program at 22 select Publix Supermarkets, beginning Friday, Jan. 8. Appointments can be made beginning Thursday, Jan. 7.

“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 in a prepared statement. “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 22 pilot locations will be open as follows: three in Citrus County, 11 in Hernando County, and eight in Marion County.

All vaccinations by Publix at their select locations will be by appointment only. Beginning Thursday, Jan. 7, qualified individuals can make an appointment by visiting www.publix.com/covidvaccine.