Publix to offer COVID-19 vaccines by appointment, openings go fast


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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) โ€“ With rising coronavirus cases and more deaths, a lot of people are anxious to get the vaccine. Publix has rolled out a program to provide the shots to customers starting Tuesday.

Publix appointmentsย can only be booked online. The following people are eligible: those 70 years and older, healthcare workers, residents and staff of long-term care, and state/local government employees critical to COVID-19.

In other areas where Publix opened vaccine appointments, they were quickly taken. โ€œWe went live at 6 a.m. this morning and they went really quickly,โ€ said Nicole Krauss of Publix Super Markets, Inc. about 180 stores in Georgia.

And by noon, she said all openings were long gone.

โ€œOur goal was to ensure that our customers had enough time with these appointment slots to ask any questions they may have,โ€ said Krauss.

Appointments were also limited because people need two shots and there is only so much vaccine. Publix rolled out a similar program last week in Florida.

Publix is using the Moderna vaccine.

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