Publix supermarkets not offering COVID vaccines to young children

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The supermarket chain Publix is ​​not offering the COVID-19 vaccine to children under 5 years of age.

The Florida-based chain has not explained its decision. Publix has 1,288 stores in seven southern states and was instrumental in distributing the vaccine when it was initially launched.

It currently offers the vaccine to children 5 years and older. The company told the Tampa Bay Times on Wednesday that it will not offer the vaccine to young children “at this time.”

Florida is the only state that has not reserved the vaccine for children under 5, and the state’s surgeon general, Joseph Ladapo, has recommended against vaccinating healthy children.

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