Health officials approved COVID-19 vaccines for children as young as 6 months last week, but Florida-based Publix will not offer the Moderna and Pfizer footage to children under 5 years of age.
A spokesman for the supermarket, which is headquartered in Lakeland and has nearly 1,300 locations across the southeast, confirmed the news to Fox 13 Tampa Bay on Wednesday.
About two-thirds of Publix stores is in Floridawhich was the only state that did not pre-order vaccines from the federal government pending their approval for infants.
While vaccines will not be available for the youngest children in county health departments in Florida, many private health care providers throughout the state offer them to some children under 5 years of age.
A spokesman for CVS told Fox Business that the pharmacy’s MinuteClinics offers Pfizer’s vaccine to children aged 18 months to four years.
Walgreens told Fox 13 Tampa Bay that children ages 3 and older could get the vaccine in places in Florida and the rest of the country.
Publix’s media relations office did not respond to further phone calls and emails about their policies on Wednesday.
President Biden visited a vaccination clinic in Washington, DC on Tuesday, where children under the age of 5 were shot for the first time.
“The United States is now the first country in the world to offer safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines to children as young as six months old,” Biden said Tuesday. “In the early days of our fight against this pandemic, almost all Americans can now have access to life-saving vaccines.”