Southeastern Grocers, parent company and home of BI-LO, Fresco y Más, Harveys Supermarket, and Winn-Dixie grocery stores will begin to offer access and administration of approximately 8,100 free Moderna COVID-19 vaccines throughout the state of Florida.
In partnership with the Florida Department of Health (FDOH), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), SEG will begin to administer the free Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday, Feb. 11, to eligible recipients in select Winn-Dixie, Fresco y Más and Harveys Supermarket locations through the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program.
The grocer said it will initially offer the free vaccines to health care workers, residents and staff of long-term care facilities, and adults ages 65 and older under Florida health authority guidelines, while supplies last.
Anthony Hucker, President & CEO for Southeastern Grocers, said: “We remain steadfast in our commitment to being a store our customers can always count on—not just for their groceries, but as an advocate for their health and wellness as the pandemic continues to overwhelm our communities. We are all in this together, and as availability continues to expand, our expert pharmacists stand ready to begin vaccinations throughout the communities we serve to help combat the coronavirus across the Southeast.”
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As further vaccine allocation continues to be determined and prioritized by the state of Florida, HHS, and the CDC, SEG has robust plans in place to administer additional free vaccines directly to the front line at all in-store pharmacies.
In the coming months, the grocer will also provide additional COVID-19 vaccines at pharmacy locations and will coordinate future drive-thru clinics to administer free COVID-19 vaccines in other underserved communities as availability expands.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said, “The State of Florida is proud to partner with Winn-Dixie, Fresco y Más, and Harveys Supermarkets to provide eligible Floridians across the state access to the vaccine. We look forward to collaborating and expanding these efforts together.”
SEG operates 231 in-store pharmacies throughout the Southeast, including 159 pharmacies within the state of Florida.
Qualified individuals are encouraged to visit SEG store websites for timely updates, including vaccine availability details, participating supermarket locations, and to schedule an appointment online, when available conveniently.
The COVID-19 vaccines are free, with or without health insurance. Those with health insurance must provide their health insurance card during their scheduled appointment. The company said those without insurance would need to present a valid driver’s license or social security card.