As of Friday morning, all available COVID-19 vaccine appointments at Publix have been claimed. There is tremendous demand for the vaccine and a limited supply, so check back on Wednesday, January 27 after 6:00 a.m. EST (5:00 a.m. CST) for your next opportunity.

Publix COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment Scheduling Opens Friday, January 22 at 6:00 a.m.  

Starting Friday, January 22 after 6:00 a.m. EST, eligible customers can access appointment availability beginning Saturday, January 23.

Vaccination appointments cannot be made by calling Publix or the Publix Pharmacy.

Appointments must be made online at:


The following persons are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in Florida, by appointment only:

  • Healthcare personnel with direct patient contact
  • Residents and staff of longterm healthcare facilities, and
  • Adults aged 65 years and older


Eventbrite Vaccine Sign-In Navigation from DOH-Collier

Some clarification tips from The Florida Department of Health in Collier County:

Our office has heard from many of you who were not successful in securing an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Wednesday and Friday of this week, January 20 & 22.  The Florida Department of Health in Collier County has assured our office that there will be more clinics as the vaccination becomes available.  But as of this writing, no future date has been established.

This is a very stressful time for all of us.  I was curious about the reports our office is receiving from those of you having no success with the reservation process.  I reached out to the Collier Department of Health and this s is what we have learned from them that might help you navigate this reservation process.

  1. Refresh/reload your browser ….  if you log on and the site says:  “Not Available”. Refresh/reload your browser and try it again.   This means, click out of the site and click in again.
  2. ‘Not Available’ means that the reservations are not ‘sold out’ but that people are filling out their forms and each applicant has eight minutes to fill out the information (name and email address).  If the applicant is ‘timed out’, the reservation slot opens up automatically.
  3. If you are put on the ‘waiting list’, know that the system is reacting to the day not being completely filled and ‘sold-out’  but (and yes, this is counter-intuitive), don’t stay on the screen.  Refresh your browser and try again.

The two days this week were ‘sold out’ within 30 minutes.

There is simply not enough vaccine coming to Collier County, or, to the State of Florida at this time.  Patience is understandably at short supply right now, but it’s what we try to muster these early days of the COVID-19 vaccination roll out.


Florida’s Surgeon General Signs Public Health Advisory Prioritizing Florida Residents for the COVID-19 Vaccine

Florida’s surgeon general signed a public health advisory order that prioritizes Florida residents to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in the Sunshine State.

Seasonal residents who do not list their primary residence as Florida, or travelers, cannot get the vaccine in Florida. This applies to the first dose of the vaccine.

“Dr. Scott Rivkees determined that a public health advisory is necessary to protect the public health and safety,” the order states.

To determine if you are a Florida resident, you can check out the cited state code here.