40 and older to be eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccinations at Florida Publix Pharmacies
LAKELAND, Fla., March 25, 2021 — Starting with the Friday, March 26, scheduling opportunity, eligible individuals — now including individuals ages 40 and older — may use Publix’s online reservation system to make appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations at participating Florida in-store Publix Pharmacy locations for appointments beginning Monday, March 29. Individuals can find which additional groups are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination by visiting the Florida Department of Health website.
At the direction of the federal government, retailers participating in the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program must continue to prioritize the following individuals for vaccine appointments until further notice:
- Teachers, school staff and child care workers who work in pre-primary, primary and secondary schools, as well as Head Start and Early Head Start programs (including teachers, staff and bus drivers).
- Those who work as or for licensed child care providers, including center-based and family care providers.
After those in the prioritized group are finished making appointments, any remaining appointments will be available to other eligible individuals. Appointments to receive second doses are not impacted by this change.
Vaccinations are provided by appointment only, while supplies last, through the online reservation system at publix.com/covidvaccine. Appointments cannot be made by calling Publix or the Publix Pharmacy.
The online reservation system will open Friday, March 26, at 7 a.m. Eastern time for any individual who meets state and federal requirements.
Eligible individuals can plan to access the online reservation system to make appointments as follows, as long as Publix continues to receive vaccine doses and barring unforeseen circumstances. Appointments may not be available in every county during every scheduling opportunity:
|Scheduling opportunity||Appointment days||Vaccine provided|
|Monday||Wednesday – Friday||Moderna|
|Wednesday||Saturday – Sunday||Johnson & Johnson|
|Friday||Monday – Tuesday||Moderna|
Customers with appointments for their second dose of the Moderna vaccine are not impacted by any changes in scheduling opportunities and should arrive at the COVID-19 vaccine check-in area at their scheduled date and time.
Adults who are only eligible based on the state’s criteria of being extremely vulnerable to COVID-19 are required to provide either the completed, signed form found on the Florida Department of Health website or documentation signed by a physician certifying they meet the eligibility criteria.
Publix administers vaccine in all 43 Florida counties with Publix Pharmacy locations. Publix pharmacies have also administered the COVID-19 vaccine to eligible individuals in select Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia locations. The company continues to communicate with the states in its operating area to provide COVID-19 vaccinations as part of their distribution efforts.
Costs and insurance
Vaccinations are provided to eligible individuals, by appointment only, while supplies last, and at no cost to the individual. Customers with health insurance will need to bring their insurance card to their scheduled appointment. Medicare members should bring their red, white and blue Medicare Part B card. Customers without health insurance will need to provide their driver’s license or Social Security number.
The most up-to-date information about Publix’s COVID-19 vaccination efforts can be found at publix.com/covidvaccine.