FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami/AP) -- You no longer have to make an appointment to get the COVID-19 vaccine at Publix pharmacies in Florida, and six other states.
You can if you want to, but it's no longer required.
The Lakeland-based supermarket chain said on its website that walk-in customers have the choice of the two-dose Moderna vaccine, or the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, subject to availability.
Publix had already been offering walk-in availability at stores in Alabama, North Carolina and Tennessee.
The notice that walk-ins are also welcome at stores in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Virginia comes about a week after President Joe Biden issued a federal mandate that requires pharmacies in the federal retail pharmacy program to offer walk-in vaccinations.
Florida health statistics show that as of Sunday, 7,021,068 people have completed the series of doses required to be fully vaccinated, with either the two-dose Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or the one-dose Johnson & Johnson shot. That represents about 33% of the state's population.
Another 2,244,748 people — or about 10% of Florida's population — have had at least one dose.
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