Publix Super Markets is finally making COVID-19 vaccines available this week to people 65 and older at pharmacies in Lakeland, the company’s home town. In addition. vaccines will be available at one Walmart in Lakeland and both Sam’s Club stores.

The first Publix appointments can be reserved Wednesday at 7 a.m. on the company’s first-come, first-served online portal. Phone reservations are not available.

Moderna vaccines will be available at all 11 Publix pharmacies in Lakeland and Mulberry:

  • Oakbridge Center, 3636 Harden Blvd.
  • Lake Miriam Square Shopping Center, 4730 S. Florida Ave.
  • Publix in the Highlands, 2125 E. County Road 540A
  • Town and County Square, 2300 Griffin Road
  • Highland City Town Center, 5185 U.S. 98 S.
  • Southgate Shopping Center, 2515 S. Florida Ave.
  • Lake Gibson Shopping Center, 6767 U.S. 98 N.
  • Grove Park Shopping Center, 1617 U.S. 98 S.
  • Plantation Square, 5375 N. Socrum Loop Road
  • Kathleen Square, 7340 Kathleen Road
  • Imperial Lakes Plaza, 2040 Shepherd Road

In all, 24 Publix stores in Polk County will be offering the vaccinations. The state-provided doses that Publix has been distributing for several weeks are now being supplemented by supplies via the Federal Retail Pharmacy Partnership.

Download a full list of Florida locations or view them at the end of this article.

There’s no word on how many vaccines will be available.

Walmart / Sam’s Club

Walmart/Sam’s Club announced today that it will offer vaccinations at these Polk locations:

  • Walmart, 3501 S. Florida Ave. in Lakeland.
  • Walmart, 2120 U.S. 92 W. in Auburndale.
  • Sam’s Club, 3530 Lakeland Highlands Road in Lakeland.
  • Sam’s Club, 4600 U.S. 98 N. in Lakeland.

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Publix typically opens its registration portal at twice a week: The next three times it opens are at:

  • 7 a.m. Wednesday for appointments on Friday through Sunday.
  • 7 a.m. Friday for appointments next Monday and Tuesday.
  • 7 a.m. next Monday for appointments that Wednesday and Thursday.

When the registration portal opens, thousands of Floridians vie for the available slots and click on the counties where they would like to make reservations. The site automatically refreshes every 60 seconds to display how many appointments are left in each county.

The St. Augustine Record published a helpful guide to using the Publix vaccine registration portal.

Publix is now offering vaccines to seniors at 593 locations in 41 Florida counties.

“With the addition of doses provided by the federal government, we are able to offer more Florida residents the opportunity to be vaccinated,” Publix CEO Todd Jones said in a news release. 

There is no cost to the individual, but Publix asks that people bring their insurance or Medicare cards to their appointments: “Vaccinations are provided to eligible individuals, by appointment only, while supplies last, and at no cost to the individual. Customers with health insurance will need to bring their insurance card to their scheduled appointment. Medicare members should bring their red, white and blue Medicare Part B card. Customers without health insurance will need to provide their driver’s license or Social Security number.”

Southgate Publix in Lakeland

Winn-Dixie and Harvey’s stores in Florida are also offering vaccines to seniors under the federal program. Winn-Dixie’s website lists no Polk County locations, but several stores in nearby county have ample doses available. See a list here.

Harvey’s lists doses available at only one Florida location; it’s in Jacksonville.

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Barry Friedman founded in 2015 as the culmination of a career in print and digital journalism. Since 1982, he has used the tools of reporting, editing and content curation to help people in Lakeland understand their community better.

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