TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Starting on Friday, COVID-19 vaccinations will begin at more than 100 Walmart and Sam's Club stores across Florida.
Gov. Ron DeSantis said the state is expecting to receive more than 65,000 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine this week as part of the Federal Pharmacy Program.
That supply will be sent to hundreds of Publix, Walmart, Sam's Club and Winn-Dixie pharmacies throughout Florida.
"We're gonna continue to work hard. You just can't let up when it comes to the vaccine," DeSantis said at a news conference in Port Charlotte on Thursday.
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Vaccinations started Thursday at 43 Winn-Dixie pharmacies in Florida, including one at 18407 U S Hwy 41 North in Lutz. According to Winn-Dixie's COVID-19 vaccine website, all appointments are booked statewide.
However, appointments are still open at Walmart and Sam's Club locations.
Starting on Friday, the COVID-19 vaccine will be administered at the following Walmart stores in our viewing area:
- 2725 SE HIGHWAY 70 ARCADIA
- 2120 US HIGHWAY 92 W AUBURNDALE
- 1041 US HIGHWAY 27 N AVON PARK
- 13300 CORTEZ BLVD BROOKSVILLE
- 2461 E GULF TO LAKE HWY INVERNESS
- 3501 S FLORIDA AVE LAKELAND
- 2677 ROOSEVELT BOULEVARD LARGO
- 3525 US HIGHWAY 27 N SEBRING
- 3501 34TH ST S ST PETERSBURG
- 19910 BRUCE B DOWNS BLVD TAMPA
- 2140 BLOOMINGDALE AVENUE VALRICO
- 1480 US HIGHWAY 17 N WAUCHULA
- 28500 STATE ROAD 54 WESLEY CHAPEL
The vaccine will also be administered at the following Sam's Club locations in our viewing area:
- 2575 GULF TO BAY BLVD CLEARWATER
- 3530 LAKELAND HIGHLANDS RD LAKELAND
- 4600 US HIGHWAY 98 N LAKELAND
To make an appointment at Walmart right now, visit Walmart's COVID-19 vaccine website and click "Schedule Now."
Next, search for one of the participating Walmart pharmacies in Florida. To see a full list of Walmarts that are administering the COVID-19 vaccine, click here.
On the following screen, confirm that you're eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. You must be a Florida resident who's 65 or older, a health care provider who has "direct contact with patients," a resident or staff member at a long-term care facility, or a Florida resident deemed to be "extremely vulnerable to COVID-19 by hospital providers."
You'll then get a list of all available dates and times for vaccine appointments. Keep in mind that many of the appointment slots are booked for the next several days.
The process to make a COVID-19 vaccine appointment at Sam's Club is very similar. You can access the Sam's Club COVID-19 vaccine website by clicking here.
"We have 119 Walmart and Sam's Club stores across 34 counties. So starting tomorrow morning, you're gonna have seniors being able to get shots at all those Walmarts," DeSantis said on Thursday. "That's gonna be a good starting point."
In addition to Walmart, Sam's Club, and Winn-Dixie, around 600 Publix pharmacies in 41 Florida counties continue offering the COVID-19 vaccine to eligible Florida residents.
The next window to make an appointment at Publix will open on Friday at 7 a.m., followed by Monday at 7 a.m.
To book an appointment at Publix, click here.
Earlier this week, DeSantis said Florida is due to receive 325,000 first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine from the federal government this week, which is up from 307,000 doses last week and 266,000 doses that Florida had been receiving weekly before that.
"That puts us in a much, much better spot in terms of vaccine supply than we have been," DeSantis said.
According to the latest numbers from the Florida Department of Health, 2,110,794 people in Florida have received the COVID-19 vaccine, including 1,557,223 seniors who are 65 and older.
💉Beginning tomorrow, February 12, 755 pharmacy locations across 52 counties will be providing #COVID19 vaccines. Make an appointment through pharmacy websites at @Publix, @Walmart, @SamsClub and @WinnDixie— Florida Dept. Health (@HealthyFla) February 11, 2021
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