Winn-Dixie is expanding the number of people eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine at its stores, Southeastern Grocers Inc. recently announced. Unlike other supermarkets in the area, Winn-Dixie and its partner stores Fresco y Más and Harveys Supermarket have only been offering it for about a month.
On Feb. 4 Southeastern Grocery said the three will begin to administer 8,100 free Moderna vaccines on Feb. 11 in Florida to healthcare workers, residents and staff of long-term care facilities, and those aged 65 and older. Now the chain is opening it up to anyone under 65 who a doctor says is vulnerable, including teachers and other educators, according to local Tampa, Fla. news station Bay News 9. (Related: Stay healthy with The One Vitamin Doctors Are Urging Everyone to Take Right Now.)
The vaccine news comes after it was announced late last month that 24 additional Winn-Dixie stores and two Harvey's Supermarket locations will offer the COVID-19 vaccine in order to reach underserved communities around Florida. However, other grocery store chains have been quicker in their efforts.
Back in January, Publix expanded its efforts in both Florida and Georgia. And when Winn-Dixie was announcing the first vaccines at its stores, Walmart was about to expand its offering of the COVID-19 vaccine to over 1,000 locations in 22 states. Many of those added are also considered "underserved areas" with few places to administer the vaccine except at the store. Now, Walmart is opening drive-thru vaccinations in 18 states, including Florida. To see a full list of the states currently offering a drive-thru vaccination at Walmart, click here.
Also a little slower to offer COVID-19 vaccines is Costco. Right now the wholesale giant is offering it in five states and Puerto Rico.
To learn more about how to get the vaccine at Winn-Dixie, visit the store's COVID-19 vaccination page. And to get all the latest grocery store and coronavirus news delivered right to your email inbox every day, sign up for our newsletter!