Florida Walmarts and Sam’s Clubs will start offering COVID-19 vaccines this week, DeSantis says


Publix to start offering vaccine in Sarasota, Manatee and Polk counties

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Florida Walmart and Sam’s Club locations are poised to begin vaccinating seniors by the end of the week, Gov. Ron DeSantis said Tuesday.

The governor made the announcement at a Walmart Supercenter in Jacksonville Tuesday.

He said 119 Walmarts in 34 counties will have received 25,000 doses of the vaccine by the end of this week. The vaccines are for people ages 65 and over.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention announced earlier this month that Walmart and Sam’s Club pharmacies will help distribute the vaccine in 22 states through the U.S. Federal Retail Pharmacy Program. The retailers have already begun administering vaccines in 16 states, Puerto Rico, Washington, D.C. and the city of Chicago.

“When we finally got the word that the program was going to be turned on, we obviously wanted to work with Walmart,” DeSantis said. “Walmart has a really significant footprint all across the state of Florida.”

A full list of stores located in the Tampa Bay area can be seen below:

  • Walmart #2740 19910 BRUCE B DOWNS BLVD TAMPA FL 33647 (HILLSBOROUGH)
  • Walmart #1213 13300 CORTEZ BLVD BROOKSVILLE FL 34613 (HERNANDO)
  • Walmart #3418 28500 STATE ROAD 54 WESLEY CHAPEL FL 33543 (PASCO)
  • Sam’s Club #6420 2575 GULF TO BAY BLVD CLEARWATER FL 33765 (PINELLAS)
  • Walmart #1390 8001 US HIGHWAY 19 N PINELLAS PARK FL 33781 (PINELLAS)
  • Walmart #4669 6900 US HIGHWAY 19 N PINELLAS PARK FL 33781 (PINELLAS)
  • Sam’s Club #6387 7001 PARK BLVD PINELLAS PARK FL 33781 (PINELLAS)
  • Walmart #5218 3501 34TH ST S ST PETERSBURG FL 33711 (PINELLAS)
  • Walmart #3372 2677 ROOSEVELT BOULEVARD LARGO FL 33760 (PINELLAS)
  • Walmart #718 2120 US HIGHWAY 92 W AUBURNDALE FL 33823 (POLK)
  • Sam’s Club #4794 3530 LAKELAND HIGHLANDS RD LAKELAND FL 33803 (POLK)
  • Sam’s Club #6441 4600 US HIGHWAY 98 N LAKELAND FL 33809 (POLK)

Walmart said it would begin scheduling appointments based on how many doses it receives.

More information is available at Walmart’s and Sam’s Clubs’ websites.

DeSantis also announced that Florida has expanded its vaccine partnership with the supermarket chain Publix to include almost 600 stores in 41 counties. The grocer is now offering the vaccine in Hillsborough, Sarasota, Manatee and Polk counties.

More information is available at Publix’s website.

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April 24 2021 08:00 am

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