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Publix cancels Friday's COVID-19 vaccine appointment window due to weather

Publix expanding hours, suspending reserved shopping times
Posted at 2:42 PM, Feb 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-18 14:42:12-05

LAKELAND, Fla. (WTXL) — For the second time this week, Publix is canceling its COVID-19 vaccine appointment window because of punishing winter storms around the country.

The next appointment window was supposed to open at 7 a.m. Friday, but a Publix spokesperson said that window is now on hold.

Maria Brous, Publix's director of communications, released this statement on Thursday afternoon:

"COVID-19 vaccine shipments continue to be delayed due to inclement weather. While Publix is not scheduling appointments for first doses in Florida, customers with appointments for their second dose should arrive at the Publix Pharmacy at their scheduled date and time."
Brous said Publix will announce future appointment windows when the company gets its vaccine allotment.

The grocery store chain was forced to cancel Wednesday's appointment window as well because of delays in receiving shipments of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Winter storms stretching from Texas to Pennsylvania have shut down roads, grounded airplanes, and snarled national delivery systems.

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