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Winn-Dixie begins booking COVID-19 vaccines appointments

The grocery chain began administering vaccines on Thursday, Feb. 11.
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Southeastern Grocers will begin to administer the free Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday, Feb. 11, to eligible recipients.

TAMPA, Fla — If you haven't had luck booking a COVID-19 vaccine appointment, you could have another chance at your local grocery store. 

Winn-Dixie stores began distributing COVID-19 vaccines at locations throughout Florida Thursday.

The grocery chain's parent company Southeastern Grocers, Inc. says 8,100 Moderna vaccines were available to eligible candidates for free as part of a partnership with the Florida Department of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the CDC.

“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. We look forward to collaborating and expanding these efforts, together," Gov. Ron DeSantis said in a press release.

While vaccine appointments might be full by the time you check out the website, you can get ahead for next time by filling out the consent form on the Winn-Dixie website. 

Currently, only healthcare workers, long-term care facility workers and people age 65 and over are eligible to receive the vaccine in Florida.

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