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Publix will start taking online appointments starting Wednesday.

Select Publix pharmacies in Citrus County are getting another supply of the COVID-19 vaccine and folks 65 and older can start making online appointments after 6 a.m. Wednesday.

Publix stresses the only way to make an appointment is by booking it online at www.publix.com/covidvaccine.

Calling or visiting the store or pharmacy to make the appointment will not work. Publix will administer the appointment-only vaccines Thursday, Jan. 21, and Friday, Jan. 22.

The online reservation system will again open this Friday and allow folks to make appointments for Saturday, Jan. 23, to Wednesday, Jan. 27.

The four local Publix sites participating in the vaccine program are Crystal Springs Shopping Center, 6760 State Road 44 in Crystal River; Shoppes of Sugarmill Woods, 9525 U.S. 19 in Homosassa; Publix Plaza, 1012 W. Main St. in Inverness; and Shoppes of Citrus Hills, 2685 N. Forest Ridge Blvd., Hernando.

Publix began administering the Moderna vaccine earlier this month and the appointments went fast. Only a limited amount of the vaccine was distributed to each of the Publix pharmacies.

This time around, the state is providing an additional 70,000 doses of the vaccine to participating Publix pharmacies.

Publix started this pilot program in Citrus, Hernando and Marion counties. That has been expanded and today, there are 242 Publix pharmacies in 15 counties taking part and Floridians can make appointments at any of those sites.

About 700,000 seniors have been vaccinated in Florida so far, Gov. Ron DeSantis said in a Tuesday news conference.

“We’re going to get through our senior citizens before we start worrying about young and healthy workers,” DeSantis said.

DeSantis said each Publix will be able to administer 100 to 125 shots daily. Out of a population of 149,657, there are 36.7% who are 65 and older who live in Citrus County. 

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