Publix stores in Leon, Suwannee counties to begin offering COVID-19 vaccine appointments

Posted at 1:28 PM, Feb 09, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-09 13:41:26-05

LEON COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) — Starting Wednesday, Leon County residents who are 65 and older can sign up to receive the vaccine at a local Publix store.

According to Publix's website, on February 10 after 7:00 a.m. EST (6:00 a.m. CST), eligible customers can access COVID-19 vaccine appointment availability beginning Friday, February 12.

Suwannee County is also among the other Big Bend counties offering the vaccine at Publix stores.

The most recently added counties are as follows: Alachua, Clay, Columbia, Desoto, Duval, Highlands, Hillsborough, Lake, Leon, Manatee, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Polk, Sarasota, Seminole, Sumter, and Suwannee.

The exact locations where people can receive the vaccine have not yet been released. For the latest updates from Publix, click here.

Right now, Florida is prioritizing persons 65+ years of age, health care personnel with direct patient contact, and residents and staff of long-term care facilities.

The state of Florida requires that those receiving their first vaccine dose provide proof of residency meeting criteria 1, 2, or 3 below.

  1. Valid Florida driver license issued by Florida State Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV).OR
  2. Valid Florida identification card issued by Florida State Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV).OR
  3. If a customer cannot present #1 or #2, the customer can prove satisfactory Florida residency by presenting a copy of any two of the following items if they reflect a Florida residential address (Note: A P.O. box or commercial/business address is not sufficient and the second item must be from a different category than the first item):
    • Category A: a deed, mortgage, monthly mortgage statement, mortgage payment booklet, OR residential rental or lease agreement
    • Category B: a utility hookup or utility work order dated within 60 days before the date of vaccination
    • Category C: a utility bill dated within two months of the date of vaccination
    • Category D: mail from a financial institution, including checking, savings, or investment account statements, dated within two months of the date of vaccination
    • Category E: mail from a federal, state, county, or municipal government agency, dated within two months of the date of vaccination
    • Category F: proof of a Florida residential address for the individual’s parent, stepparent, legal guardian, or other person with whom the seasonal resident resides in Florida, PLUS a written statement from the person with whom the seasonal resident resides stating that the seasonal resident does reside with him or her.

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Tuesday that 119 Walmarts across Florida, as well as some select Sam's Club locations, will be able to administer the COVID-19 vaccine starting Friday.

Publix will also get more doses from the state, going from 325 stores to more than 600 stores across Florida.

The exact Walmart stores that will administer the vaccine have not been immediately released.

Gov. DeSantis said people can book their vaccination appointments at a participating Walmart at For making your appointment at a participating Sam's Club, visit

Monday, Gov. DeSantis said the state expects to get 18,000 more doses of the vaccine added to its weekly shipment from the federal government, bringing the total anticipated shipment to 325,000 doses.