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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced expansion of Publix vaccine program to four more counties

Select Publix stores will offer COVID-19 vaccines in St. Johns, Flagler, Volusia, and Collier counties.

NAPLES, Fla. — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis held a news conference Wednesday at a Publix store in Naples, where he spoke about the expansion of the Publix vaccine pilot program.

The state recently launched this program to help speed up coronavirus vaccine distribution efforts. 

After the success of the program rollout in Citrus, Marion, and Hernando counties, vaccines are becoming available at Publix stores in five more counties in the Florida panhandle; Bay, Walton, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, and Escambia.

On Wednesday, DeSantis said 56 Publix pharmacies will offer COVID-19 vaccine shots to seniors age 65 and older in St. Johns, Flagler, Collier and Volusia counties.

Select stores in the nine counties will be administering between 100 and 125 shots a day starting this Thursday, the governor said this week. He added that these vaccinations will still only be available by appointment, which residents will be able to book as early as Wednesday.

Also this week, the governor mentioned plans to expand the Publix vaccine program even more as Florida continues to receive more vaccines.

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