Publix Super Markets announced today it has canceled Wednesday morning’s scheduled registration for COVID-19 vaccines in Florida because foul weather has delayed deliveries.

Vaccines are being given to people 65 and older at Publix pharmacies in 41 Florida counties, including 11 stores in Lakeland and Mulberry.

Appointments scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday will not be affected, Publix said in a news release.

Publix will announce the next registration opportunity “once additional vaccine is received,” spokeswoman Maria Brous said. “We know how important administering this vaccine is, so we deeply regret the need to cancel Wednesday’s scheduling event.”

Customers can check the Publix vaccine registration portal for updates.

Severe weather in northern states also delayed Monday’s and today’s vaccine shipments to the Florida Department of Health, according to Jared Moskowitz, director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management.

Those delays include shipments bound for Polk County, which is expecting 7,000 first doses and 5.500 second doses this week.

“Individuals who are registered through Polk County’s vaccine portal and scheduled for their first or second dose vaccine this week should monitor their phones or email in the event their vaccine must be rescheduled,” according to a news release today from Polk County government. “Those with appointments affected by the delay will be contacted by DOH-Polk or its vaccination partners including Lakeland Regional Health, BayCare Winter Haven Hospital, Watson Clinic or Bond Clinic. If an individual does not receive a call or email to reschedule their vaccine, they should expect to arrive at their appointment as planned.”

LkldNow was unable to find announcements from Walmart or Sam’s Club about whether their Florida vaccine registrations are affected.

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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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