Sun Sentinel Palm Beach Edition

Publix appointmen­ts to be open continuous­ly.

- By Lisa J. Huriash

You no longer need to get up early on certain days to try to get an appointmen­t at Publix for a COVID-19 vaccine.

The online reservatio­n system will remain open continuous­ly to book appointmen­ts for the Moderna vaccine, company spokeswoma­n Maria Brous said Friday.

Appointmen­ts may not be available at all locations at all times, she warned. They will open up based on when and where the vaccine is available.

Appointmen­ts are available at­ne.

All adults in Florida are eligible to get vaccinated. Anyone 16 and older can get a Pfizer vaccine, and people 18 and older can get Moderna.

Publix previously took appointmen­ts for both Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines three days a week, then earlier this week cut that down to two days. But the Johnson & Johnson vaccine has now been temporaril­y taken out of circulatio­n based on a slight number of rare blood clots among people who received it.

Publix receives vaccines from both the state and the Florida Retail Pharmacy Program, which sends vaccine directly to pharmacies.

CVS has operates the same way as Publix. “There is no specific time of day,” CVS spokeswoma­n Tara Burke on Friday. “As we receive vaccine supply, appointmen­ts become available.”

Walgreens has a similar system, but Florida customers can sign up to receive alerts when appointmen­ts are available.

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