Publix has canceled Friday’s registration for first doses of COVID-19 vaccines because of weather-related shipment delays. The supermarket chain says seniors with appointments for a second dose should show up as scheduled.

Publix, which previously canceled Wednesday morning’s scheduled registration, “will announce future appointment scheduling opportunities when the company receives its vaccine allotment,” the company said in a news release.

In addition, customers can check the Publix vaccine registration portal for updates.

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

The Polk County office of the Florida Department of Health announced earlier this week that its vaccine shipments had also been delayed because of inclement weather in northern states.

People who have appointments with the Health Department or its local partners to receive their first or second vaccine dose this week should keep their phones nearby or check their email regularly in case their appointment needs to be rescheduled.

If a person does not receive a call or email to reschedule their vaccine, they should arrive at their appointment as planned, officials said.

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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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