Publix opens up more vaccine appointments in Georgia this week

ATLANTA — Publix released a new round of vaccine appointments in some Georgia counties Tuesday morning.

Eligible customers were able to access available appointments starting at 6 a.m. but some people ran into problems.

Pat Mellet said he jumped on his health department’s website but when got part way in the site froze up and told Channel 2′s Tom Regan it was painful to watch.

“You could see the different counties and how many vaccines they had available, and I just kept watching it go down and down and down. And by 7:15 a.m. everything was gone,” Mellet said.

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“We are currently working with the health department and the governor to continue to receive more vaccines,” said Jared Glover with Publix Supermarkets.

Glover told Regan that the supermarket chain has received a total of 30,000 doses over the last two weeks at it’s supermarkets in Georgia and have administered 16,000 shots.

“Once a person signs up for their appointment, they are automatically scheduled for their second dose,” Glover said.

Vaccines are available by appointment only to people in Phase 1A, which includes first responders, health care workers, individuals ages 65 and older and their caregivers and residents and staff of long-term care facilities.

Vaccine appointments will be available at THESE LOCATIONS and can only be made online.

Publix said vaccinations are provided while supplies last, and at no cost.

Customers with health insurance will need to bring their insurance card to their scheduled appointment. Medicare members should bring their red, white and blue Medicare Part B card. Customers without health insurance will need to provide their driver’s license or Social Security number.

Publix said they’ve booked appointments for most of the remaining vaccine doses on hand, but they’re hoping to get another shipment possibly next week and will let everyone know when more appointments will become available.

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