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Walmart, Winn-Dixie Chains To Offer Vaccine As Part Of National Progam

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Select Walmart, Sam’s Club, Winn-Dixie, Fresco y Más, Harveys and Publix stores will be giving vaccines as part of a distribution strategy announced by the Biden administration.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced it will partner with Publix, Walmart and Southeastern Grocers to distribute the coronavirus vaccine in Florida starting Thursday.

Southeastern Grocers – which also owns Winn-Dixie, Fresco y Más, Harveys Supermarket and BI-LO – announced it will administer around 8,100 free Moderna vaccines.

Sam's Club, owned by Walmart, will also have the vaccine.

Vaccines are also available at Publix pharmacies across the state. Publix had already been partnering with the state to provide the vaccine at select pharmacies.

Nationwide, more than 40,000 stores will receive the shots through the Biden administration’s Federal Retail Pharmacy Partnership Program. Eligibility for the vaccines are determined by each state and may include people who are health care workers, other frontline workers and seniors over 65.

Individual stores will also conduct additional screening to determine a person’s underlying medical conditions or possible contraindications to the shot.

The vaccines are free of charge for insured and uninsured people. Proof of age, occupation, or other IDs like drivers licenses are not required to get vaccinated.

Each of the chains will receive about 1 million doses each week to distribute at their stores throughout the country. The chains are scheduled to receive their shipment on Monday.

Here are the registration websites and information pages for each of these chains so far:

CVS and Walgreens pharmacies won’t have vaccines available in Florida yet.
Carl Lisciandrello and WMFE News contributed to this report.

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