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Local Walmart pharmacies are slated to get a limited supply of the COVID-19 vaccine from the federal government late next week and will then start taking online appointments to administer the shots.

Florida is one of 22 states participating in the program. Once the store gets those allocations, people can schedule an online appointment. The scheduler will provide a digital reminder when it’s time to return for the second dose of the vaccine.

All three Walmarts in Citrus County will participate in the vaccine program. Walmart is the second big chain to offer the shots. Publix last month also started an online registration program and the appointments have filled up fast.

Eligibility will be determined by the states as to who can receive the vaccine at one of the 5,000-plus participating Walmart and Sam’s Club locations nationwide. In Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis has prioritized those 65 and older to receive vaccinations.

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Walmart will schedule appointments based on how much of the vaccine it receives. Right now, it is expected to get up to 13 million doses a month. Those appointments will increase once additional vaccine becomes available.

Although there is no cost to receive the vaccine, Walmart is asking people to bring their pharmacy and medical health care insurance card. Walmart will bill applicable insurers/government plans for the administration of the vaccine.

Once a store or club receives allocation, the chain’s online scheduler will be available to make appointments at walmart.com/COVIDvaccine and samsclub.com/covid.

For information, visit www.walmart.com/cp/1228302.

Contact Chronicle reporter Michael D. Bates at 352-563-3205 or mbates@chronicleonline.com. To see more of his stories, visit  tinyurl.com/y6kb23vv.