Jacksonville-based Southeastern Grocers, parent company to Winn-Dixie, Harveys Supermarket, and other supermarket chains, is set to offer coronavirus vaccines across Florida on Feb. 11.
The grocer will offer the vaccines to health care workers, residents and staff of long-term care facilities, and adults ages 65 while supplies last, and is expected to offer an initial batch of 8,100 vaccines statewide.
It is not yet clear which Southeast Grocer locations will offer the vaccine, how many doses will be available per location, or how to schedule an appointment.
Additional appointment and scheduling information as it becomes available will be posted here:
“The State of Florida is proud to partner with Winn-Dixie, Fresco y Más and Harveys Supermarkets to provide eligible Floridians across the state access to the vaccine,” said Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in a press release. “We look forward to collaborating and expanding these efforts, together.”
Earlier this week Walmart made a similar announcement that vaccines would soon be available at Walmart and Sam’s Club pharmacies in Florida through the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program.
Walmart will be providing updates at this webpage as more information about its Florida vaccine rollout becomes available. The timing and number of stores that will provide vaccines will depend on the allocations received from state and federal agencies.
The announcements come as states, cities, and private entities are opening a patchwork of vaccination sites, many with idiosyncratic eligibility requirements and opaque registration systems.
In Jacksonville, Mayor Lenny Curry announced a two-day vaccination blitz happening Feb. 5 and 6 at the Clanzel T. Brown Senior Center on Moncrief Rd. That announcement came just days after the city announced it had run out of doses for two vaccination sites at the Lane Wiley and Mandarin senior centers.
Nearly one thousand people have died from COVID-19 in Duval County and 83,000 have been diagnosed with the disease. About 85,00 people have been vaccinated out of a population of roughly 960,000.
The White House said Tuesday that the nationwide vaccine supply will be increased to 10.5 million doses this week, which it said is a 22% increase since January 20.
WJCT News’ Bill Bortzfield contributed to this report.
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