Governor Ron DeSantis says the state's partnership with Publix to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine is now in two more counties along the east coast.
"We're happy to be able to announce that we're expanding to include eight Publix pharmacies in Indian River County and eleven Publix pharmacies in St. Lucie County."
The governor was at a Vero Beach Publix on Tuesday when he said that as of this week 261 Publix pharmacies in 20 Florida counties will offer the vaccine for seniors ages 65 and up.
Publix supermarkets in Palm Beach and Martin Counties started offering the vaccine earlier this month and now there is an 8-county chain going up the east coast, all the way to St. Johns.
DeSantis also addressed remarks from White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, who said Florida has only distributed about 50 percent of its COVID vaccine supply.
"Well that's disingenuous. We are number one in the country for doses per capita for the top 10 most populous states. That's according to CDC data."
The governor says the state is holding onto some doses so that seniors who have gotten their first shot will be able to get their second or "booster" shot. He says that's the way the FDA has prescribed it.
The next opportunity for seniors to use the Publix website to set an appointment will be on Wednesday, and again on Friday.
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