Publix vaccine appointments fully booked for counties in Tampa Bay


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Publix reopened its vaccine appointment scheduling system Monday morning, but slots filled up for appointments in Tampa Bay around 8 a.m.

The next opportunity to schedule an appointment will be Wednesday. The online scheduling system opens at 7 a.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning barring unforeseen circumstances.

The grocer announced last month that it will start taking vaccine appointments for all of its 730 in-store Florida pharmacies. To be eligible, you must be 65 or older on the appointment date, a healthcare professional with direct patient contact, a resident or staff member of a long-term care facility, a person determined “extremely vulnerable” to COVID-19 by a physician, a K–12 school personnel member age 50 or older, or a sworn law enforcement officer age 50 or older.

Appointments can be made at To schedule an appointment, select Florida and your county. Appointments cannot be made by phone. Slots are usually gone within 45 minutes.

Vaccines will be administered at no cost to the patient. Those with health insurance should bring their insurance card to their scheduled appointment. Medicare members should bring their red, white and blue Medicare Part B card. Those without health insurance will need to have their driver’s license or Social Security number.

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April 24 2021 08:00 am

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