TAMPA, Fla — Note: Appointments will reopen Friday, Feb. 26 at 7 a.m.
The coronavirus vaccine pilot program with Publix continues to expand as Florida receives more vaccine doses.
The COVID-19 vaccine is now available at select Publix stores in 41 different counties throughout the state, but the appointments fill up quickly.
With appointment booking systems differing from county-to-county, it can be confusing to know where to go. Here's how you can book a coronavirus vaccine appointment at your local Publix:
Step 1: Starting at 7 a.m. Friday, Feb. 26, those eligible to receive the vaccine can log onto the Publix COVID-19 website to book an appointment.
Step 2: Once logged on, wait for appointment availability on your page. The top of the page will change from saying "waiting" to "book now."
Step 3: Then follow the on-screen cues to choose a time and location, and review your confirmation email after your appointment is booked.
Publix coronavirus vaccine appointments can only be scheduled online and cannot be made over the phone.
The grocery-giant also made some updates to their appointment website to make the process smoother for those looking to be inoculated.
Seniors entering the site will now clearly be able to discern if they are on the booking page or the waiting page. There will also be a notification once the reservation system is fully booked and closed.
Right now, the only eligible vaccine candidates are healthcare personnel with direct patient contact, residents and staff of long-term care facilities, and people age 65 and older. You must provide proof of Florida residency to receive the vaccine.
Gov. Ron DeSantis expressed that more counties are likely to be added as the vaccine rollout continues.
You can visit Publix COVID-19 website to see if your county is on the list.
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