Publix not providing COVID-19 vaccine to kids below 5 ‘at this time’

LAKELAND, Fla. – As Pfizer’s and Moderna’s lower-dose COVID-19 vaccines for kids below 5 are rolled out throughout the U.S., Lakeland-based grocery store chain Publix confirmed this week that it’s not administering the photographs to that age group “at this time,” providing little clarification.

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When requested by News 6 and Twitter customers, Publix didn’t present a purpose for the choice, solely saying the vaccine just isn’t obtainable for younger kids.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention over the weekend accepted giving the photographs to kids as younger as six months outdated, however Publix is much from the one main Florida pharmacy enrolled within the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program that isn’t at present giving COVID-19 vaccines to kids that small. In truth, among the many pharmacies to return inquiries from News 6, none of them are.


On Tuesday, CVS Health opened appointments for kids 18 months via 4 years outdated, however for Publix, Sam’s Club, Walgreens, Walmart and Winn-Dixie, the latter 4 supply vaccinations for kids solely as younger as 3 years outdated.

As Publix steered Tuesday within the above reply, these wishing to get a COVID-19 vaccine for a kid youthful than 5 years outdated might additionally search for taking part group well being facilities on the official Health Resources and Services Administration web site.


Florida lawmakers on Wednesday addressed a letter to Gov. Ron DeSantis and Florida Surgeon General Dr. Joseph Ladapo urging the governor’s administration and the state well being division to “change course immediately” on their stance towards serving to distribute the lower-dose vaccines utilizing state assets, in addition to to stop spreading “disinformation about the safety and efficacy of vaccines, confusing parents and jeopardizing the health of their kids.”

A Florida Department of Health spokesperson advised News 6 forward of the rollout that medical doctors might nonetheless order the vaccines regardless of the state’s perception that “healthy children” might not profit from it, pointing to the Florida Department of Health’s pediatric COVID-19 vaccine steerage.

However, the division in that doc solely really useful towards vaccines for “healthy children aged 5 to 17.” As seen on the FDOH web site, it has not but made the identical suggestion towards the photographs for kids below 5:


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