Publix locations in Northwest Florida to start vaccinating seniors


NICEVILLE, Fla. (WKRG) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Tuesday the COVID-19 vaccine would available to those 65 and older at Publix grocery stores in Northwest Florida starting Thursday.

“We think we got it right by prioritizing seniors first,” DeSantis said. “As we get more doses, we’re going to be able to do more.”

The announcement was made at the Publix in Niceville on John Sims Parkway.

DeSantis said the vaccination program through Publix will only be available to Florida residents and requires an appointment.

“I know we have states close by here,” DeSantis said. “You guys follow what your states are doing. These are going to be for Florida.”

The shots will be available at seven Okaloosa County Publix locations, six Escambia County Publix locations and five in Santa Rosa County.

You can sign up starting Wednesday at

Publix started vaccinating seniors this week at locations in South Florida. DeSantis said the state recently received 250,000 doses of the vaccine, and he expects them all the next administered this week.


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