Publix grocery chain starts offering paid parental leave
LAKELAND, Fla. — (AP) — The Publix grocery store chain will start offering paid parental leave to employees who are new parents, company officials announced Wednesday. READ: Publix heiress Carol Jenkins Barnett dead at 65The change in benefits was first reported by Florida Politics. The new benefits come as retailers across the U.S. are facing a worker shortage, and some are offering new benefits to attract or retain workers. St. Louis-based Schnucks recently gave its grocery store workers a one-time retention bonus of $600. The email didn’t offer details on how much paid time off new parents would get.wftv.com
Publix to offer eligible workers paid parental leave
Publix employees have something to look forward to next year. >> Read more trending newsPublix will offer eligible full- and part-time employees paid parental leave within the first year after birth or adoption, Action News Jax reported. Employees must have worked for the company for at least a year with the amount of paid parental leave granted dependent on the length of service with the company and if the employees are hourly or salaried at the time. Five years of employment will get part-time employees up to 4 weeks off while full-time workers will get up to 6 weeks off, Action News Jax reported. Part-time workers need to have a weekly average of 24.04 hours in the 52 weeks leading up to the leave.wftv.com
Publix pharmacies to begin offering free Moderna, Pfizer COVID vaccine booster shots
ORLANDO, Fla. — Publix pharmacies are now offering free Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine booster shots for all eligible adults. For those who have received a one-doze Johnson & Jonson vaccine, the CDC recommends a booster dose two months after being fully vaccinated. If you got an mRNA vaccine, you may get a booster dose 6 months after being fully vaccinated. If you got a one-dose vaccine, you may get a booster dose 2 months after being fully vaccinated. https://t.co/h0qVLjSlKN pic.twitter.com/thVFQgcTK1 — CDC (@CDCgov) November 19, 2021To find out if a Publix pharmacy is offering your preferred vaccine dose, click here.wftv.com
Publix grocery stores put purchase limits on holiday food items
Shoppers preparing for the holidays will have to put a cap on their purchases at Publix supermarkets. The chain has put purchase limits in place across all stores for certain items, WFLA reported. The restrictions are necessary because of ongoing supply chain issues as well as increased demand for the holidays, WPBF reported. Publix said the restrictions will be in place in all of their stores, and said there is no timeline for when they will be lifted. ©2021 Cox Media Groupwftv.com
Parents may have to wait another month for COVID-19 vaccines for kids
ORLANDO, Fla. — Pediatricians in Central Florida said they don’t have vaccines for kids yet and may not be able to administer them for another month. “They said they didn’t have any, and they didn’t know when they would get them,” Taylor said. Video: See where your child can get the COVID-19 vaccine in Orange CountyOn Thursday Gov. DeSantis has long pushed against mask mandates and vaccinations, saying there is no way he will allow Florida to require kids to get vaccinated. Video: AdventHealth doctors encourage parents to get newly eligible children vaccinated for COVID-19Elsewhere, states like Arkansas preordered thousands of child vaccines, while others are setting up large sites to get kids vaccinated.wftv.com
Publix to offer discount for veterans this Veterans Day
LAKELAND, Fla. — Publix announced that it would offer a discount for veterans, active military and their families this Veterans Day. >>> STREAM CHANNEL 9 EYEWITNESS NEWS LIVE <<<Read: IRS sends out new batch of corrected tax returns; refunds averaging nearly $1,200The Florida-based grocery chain said the discount was a token of appreciation for their military service. Read: Recall alert: Tesla recalls 12K vehicles over software issuePublix said customers can save 10% on in-store grocery purchases by showing their veteran or military ID card, discharge document or a driver’s license with veteran designation at checkout. Read: Man lives out dream to wrestle with WWE superstars while visiting Orlando with wife on honeymoonMore information about the discount can be found here. Click here to download the free WFTV news and weather apps, click here to download the WFTV Now app for your smart TV and click here to stream Channel 9 Eyewitness News live.wftv.com
Man accused in co-worker deaths tells deputies he was raped
“I want to underscore there is absolutely unequivocally zero evidence," said Judd, whose county is located between Tampa and Orlando. According to the sheriff, Runyon and his colleagues were in central Florida to perform work for a Bethlehem, Pa.-based electrical contractor that had been hired by the Publix grocery chain. Deciding to use a baseball bat instead of the crossbow, Runyon first attacked the supervisor who was sleeping and later died at a hospital. Runyon explained his bloodied condition to the Publix employee by saying he had been raped, and the Publix employee urged Runyon to go to a local hospital, which he did. The Publix employee then called the sheriff's office, and deputies arrested Runyon at the hospital, the sheriff said.wftv.com
Now hiring: Publix looking to fill 30K jobs by end of the year
Publix plans to hire about 30,000 associates across the company’s seven-state operating area through the rest of the year, the Lakeland-based grocery store chain announced Monday. Publix said it will hire associates to work in stores, distribution centers and manufacturing facilities for nonseasonal positions. Associates have the opportunity to become company owners through its employee stock ownership and purchase plans. Publix also provides tuition reimbursement and are “encouraged to prepare for opportunities to advance their careers with the company,” it said in a news release. Click here to download the free WFTV news and weather apps, click here to download the WFTV Now app for your smart TV and click here to stream Channel 9 Eyewitness News live.wftv.com
Man accused in co-worker deaths tells deputies he was raped
An electrician accused of killing three co-workers on assignment in central Florida told detectives he did it because his colleagues had raped him, but a Florida sheriff on Monday said there was no evidence to support the claim. Shaun Runyon, 39, confessed multiple times to the murders during interviews with detectives, telling them that the co-workers had raped him, and “he hated all three of them," but a sexual battery test failed to confirm the allegation, said Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd during a news conference. “I want to underscore there is absolutely unequivocally zero evidence," said Judd, whose county is located between Tampa and Orlando.news.yahoo.com
Publix to open in Orlando’s Packing District next year
ORLANDO, Fla. — Dr. Phillips Charities, the builder behind the $700-million Packing District project in Orlando, announced on Wednesday that a Publix will occupy the supermarket space in the Packing District. The 27,512 square foot store will be located at the northeast corner of Princeton Street and Orange Blossom Trail. READ: 9 facts about Orlando’s new Packing District“When we began looking at the Packing District we defined success by one simple measure, bringing Publix into the district. We knew that if we had their commitment the project would be a success,” said Ken Robinson, president and CEO of Dr. Phillips Charities. The Publix sits on the same location as the original Dr. Phillips packing house.wftv.com
OCPS offering vaccination incentives to all employees
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Orange County Public Schools is offering incentives to its employees to get the COVID-19 vaccine as cases continue to rise in the area. OCPS will use the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief II federal funds to pay $200 to any full-time, part-time or hourly employee who provides proof of full vaccination by Oct. 31. READ: Florida back-to-school sales tax holiday: How you can save starting this weekendThe plan was urged by President Joe Biden. The district said this would cost about $5 million for about 23,000 employees. READ: Publix announces updated COVID-19 face mask policy: Here’s who it impacts©2021 Cox Media Groupwftv.com
Surge in COVID-19 cases fueling slight increase in Orange County vaccination numbers
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — As COVID-19 case numbers continue to surge across Central Florida, officials are finding one small glimpse of hope coming from the otherwise discouraging situation: a slight increase in vaccination numbers. Orange County’s health department is seeing a slight increase in vaccination numbers as the delta variant continues to push virus case numbers to record highs. READ: Publix announces updated COVID-19 face mask policy: Here’s who it impactsHealth Officer Dr. Raul Pino said the vaccination numbers are still not as high as they need to be, but it’s encouraging. READ: Here’s where you can get the COVID-19 vaccine in Orlando in August“I feel a lot better, I feel safer,” Sutton said. Her mother, County Commissioner Mayra Uribe, said when they saw how high the cases were going again, they knew it was time.wftv.com
Disney to require all salaried, non-union hourly employees to be fully vaccinated
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — The Walt Disney Company announced Friday it is requiring all salaried and non-union hourly employees in the U.S., working at any of its sites, be fully vaccinated. READ: Walt Disney World to require masks indoors regardless of vaccination status beginning FridayAll new hires with the company will be also required to be fully vaccinated before beginning employment, Disney said. “Vaccines are the best tool we all have to help control this global pandemic and protect our employees,” Disney said. READ: Publix announces updated COVID-19 face mask policy: Here’s who it impactsEarlier this week, Walt Disney World announced it will require all guests regardless of vaccination status to wear face masks indoors and other locations. DeSantis to sign executive order against rules to make children wear masks in schools©2021 Cox Media Groupwftv.com
Publix announces updated COVID-19 face mask policy: Here’s who it impacts
ORLANDO, Fla. — All Publix workers will be required to wear face masks inside Publix stores starting Monday, the grocery chain announced Friday. Publix officials said the change applies to all Publix associates, both vaccinated and unvaccinated. READ: Here’s where & when face masks are required, recommended in Central FloridaThe change comes after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended earlier this week that people in areas of substantial or high-transmission risk wear face coverings over their noses and mouths when in public or indoor spaces, regardless of vaccination status. READ: AdventHealth moves to ‘black’ status, rerouting some abulances as COVID-19 hospitalizations surge“We encourage all to do their part to slow the spread of COVID-19,” the chain said in a statement. Stay tuned to Channel 9 Eyewitness News for updates.wftv.com
Condo collapse street closings hurt the business district. Then, the power went out
A Surfside business district already suffering as the Champlain Towers South condominium collapse aftermath limits customer traffic and occupies nearby residents found itself without power Wednesday afternoon.news.yahoo.com
US jobless claims tick down to 411,000 as economy heals
(AP Photo/Steve Helber) (Steve Helber)WASHINGTON — (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits dropped last week, a sign that layoffs declined and the job market is improving. The Labor Department said Thursday that jobless claims declined just 7,000 from the previous week to 411,000. The number of weekly applications for unemployment aid has fallen steadily this year from about 900,000 in January. Economists at Bank of America have estimated that those who earned less than $32,000 a year at their previous jobs can receive more in jobless aid with the extra $300. All but Alaska also cut off the two programs that covered the self-employed and the long-term jobless.wftv.com
Grandmother tried to fight off Florida Publix shooter in seemingly random attack, deputies say
Detectives believe the Publix murder-suicide was a random act by a mentally ill man who had made online threats, and that a grandmother fighting back may have saved other lives, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said Friday.
Florida supermarket shooter made Facebook threats, sheriff says
Publix shooting The gunman who killed a woman and her grandchild at a Florida supermarket posted threats on social media, authorities said Friday. (Greg Lovett /The Palm Beach Post via AP)ROYAL PALM BEACH, Fla. — The man who fatally shot a woman and her 1-year-old grandson inside a Florida supermarket had been posting threats on social media about killing people, including children, but no one reported him, authorities said Friday. Wall, 55, who killed the 69-year-old woman and her grandson inside a Publix supermarket in Royal Palm Beach on Thursday morning, had been making threats on Facebook as recently as a day before the shooting, WPTV reported. Detectives have found no connection between Wall and the woman, Bradshaw told reporters. The day after the Publix shooting in Royal Palm Beach.wftv.com
Sheriff: Florida supermarket shooter made Facebook threats
Supermarket Shooting Florida Police gather at the Publix shopping center at the scene of a shooting in Royal Palm Beach, Fla., on Thursday, June 10, 2021. Authorities say a shooting inside a Florida supermarket has left three people dead, including the shooter. “This didn't have to happen.”The ex-wife's family told the Palm Beach Post she did try to get Wall help, but no one listened. She divorced him in 2018 and he had signed over their house to her in 2019, Palm Beach County court records show. Royal Palm Beach is a middle-class suburb of 40,000 residents, about 15 miles (24 kilometers) inland from Palm Beach.wftv.com
3 dead at Florida supermarket include grandmother, grandson
A man fatally shot a grandmother and her 1-year-old grandson inside a Florida supermarket before killing himself, authorities said, causing dozens to flee the store in panic. The shooting happened shortly after 11:30 a.m. Thursday at a Publix located in a strip mall that also houses small shops and restaurants. A later update from the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office said there was no known motive or relationship between the suspect and the victims, but detectives were still investigating.news.yahoo.com
3 dead, including suspect, in shooting at Publix supermarket in Florida
Police Car Emergency Services Authorities in Palm Beach County, Florida, are investigating a shooting that left three people dead, including a child and the suspected gunman, at the Royal Palm Beach Publix supermarket on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (JasonDoiy/Getty Images/iStockphoto, File)ROYAL PALM BEACH, Fla. — Three people died Thursday in a shooting reported at a Publix supermarket in Royal Palm Beach, including a child and the suspected shooter, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. >> Read more trending newsDeputies confirmed the shooting happened inside the grocery store on Royal Palm Beach Boulevard. @Publix statement on shooting inside Royal Palm Beach store. “Detectives are in the beginning stages of determining what led up to the shooting,” deputies said in a social media post.wftv.com
Man, woman and child shot to death at Florida Publix
ROYAL PALM BEACH, Fla. — A man, woman and child were fatally shot Thursday at a Publix store in Royal Palm Beach, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said. Deputies said the shooting happened at the store on Royal Palm Beach Boulevard. Read: Florida man jumps on scooter to chase teen who stole his Lamborghini“The shooter is one of the deceased,” the Sheriff’s Office said in a social media post. “This is not an active shooter situation.”Detectives continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the shooting. Read: Florida youth pastor accused of attempted sex with minorSee a map of the store below:©2021 Cox Media Groupwftv.com
Man kills woman, child, himself at Florida supermarket
A man fatally shot a woman and a child inside a Florida supermarket Thursday before killing himself, authorities said, causing dozens to flee the store in panic. The shooting happened shortly after 11:30 a.m. at a Publix located in a strip mall that also houses small shops and restaurants. Detectives are reviewing security video and talking to witnesses, said Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Teri Barbera.news.yahoo.com
Publix no longer requiring masks for fully vaccinated shoppers — KnightNews.com
Following the CDC’s updated guidelines on people who are fully vaccinated no longer required to wear a mask indoors or outdoors, Publix has announced that it will no longer require customers to wear masks if they’re fully vaccinated starting today. Publix has been requiring customers to wear a mask in their stores since July. According to Publix’s website, “face coverings are optional for fully vaccinated individuals inside Publix stores unless required by a state or local order or ordinance.”AdvertisementThis move comes after the CDC announced on Wednesday their newly updated mask guidelines and as well as Trader Joe’s, Walmart, Costco and other businesses begin to move on lifting and relaxing mask requirements in their stores.knightnews.com
Local businesses prepare for first weekend since CDC’s new mask guidance for vaccinated people
READ: Face coverings now optional in outdoor common areas of Walt Disney World, resort saysWalmart, Publix, Costco, and Trader Joe’s have all announced they’ll no longer require customers who are fully vaccinated to wear a mask. “Businesses are making smart decisions,” Orange County Health Officer Dr. Raul Pino says. Officially, the Orange County Government is also accepting the new guidance. Mayor Jerry Demings announced Friday that visitors and staff in public county buildings will no longer be required to wear masks if they’re fully vaccinated. READ: Publix to no longer require masks for fully vaccinated customers, employeesMayor Demings acknowledges the difficulty of determining who is or isn’t vaccinated, describing the situation as an honor system.wftv.com
Publix makes face-coverings optional for fully vaccinated shoppers
LAKELAND, Fla. — Florida-based grocery chain Publix announced Friday that masks and face-coverings will no longer be required for fully vaccinated customers or employees. Breaking: Starting tomorrow Publix will no longer require masks for fully vaccinated people. Walmart and Costco, which also sell groceries, announced Friday that people fully vaccinated for COVID-19 will be able to shop without masks. She didn’t say how Publix would verify whether or not shoppers are fully vaccinated. Publix has required masks since July 2020.wftv.com
Publix to no longer require masks for fully vaccinated customers, employees
Publix on Friday announced that fully vaccinated associates and customers are no longer required to wear face coverings unless required by a state or local order or ordinance. The new policy goes into effect Saturday. READ: Universal Orlando to drop mask requirements for visitors while outdoors“In accordance with CDC guidelines, individuals who are not fully vaccinated are required to use face coverings over their noses and mouths while inside any Publix store,” Publix stated. READ: Walmart, Costco, Trader Joe’s lift mask restrictions for vaccinated customersThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday eased mask-wearing guidance for Americans who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, saying that they no longer need to wear masks to protect against the virus. READ: Stimulus update: ‘Plus up’ payments and new batch of $1,400 stimulus checks sent outwftv.com
Coronavirus: Publix offers same day vaccinations
Publix offers same day vaccinations FILE PHOTO: Pharmacies at all Publix grocery store locations will now accept walk-in patients who want to get a coronavirus vaccination. (Fiona Goodall/Getty Images)The options for same-day coronavirus inoculation are expanding. >> Read more trending newsPharmacies at all Publix grocery store locations will now accept walk-in patients who want to get a coronavirus vaccination. Anyone at least 18 years old can choose either the Moderna or the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, depending on availability. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine only requires a single shot.wftv.com
Publix now accepts walk-ins for COVID-19 vaccinations
Starting Monday, Publix will accept walk-ins for people who want to get a COVID-19 vaccine. READ: CVS, Walgreens, Rite-Aid to offer walk-up or same-day COVID-19 vaccinesPreviously, vaccinations were only available to those who made an appointment online. Publix said people who want to get the vaccine are still able to make an appointment online. READ: Walmart, Sam’s Club now taking walk-up customers for covid-19 vaccines nationwideThe pharmacy offers the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines. READ: Tropical Depression One forms ahead of start of hurricane seasonCVS, Walgreens, Walmart and Sam’s Club are also allowing walk-ins for anyone interested in getting a COVID-19 vaccination.wftv.com
CVS, Navarro join other Florida pharmacies offering walk-in COVID vaccinations
All CVS, CVS y mas and Navarro Discount Pharmacies in Florida are now offering walk-in COVID-19 vaccinations. The change comes a day after President Joe Biden issued a federal mandate requiring pharmacies in the federal retail pharmacy program to offer walk-in vaccinations.news.yahoo.com
Publix will not offer vaccinations during Easter weekend
More vaccines arriving in South Florida in underserved communities and at Publix pharmaciesPublix will not be offering any vaccine appointments during Easter weekend. The grocery store chain made the announcement in a news release on Tuesday. Publix is closing all its stores on Easter Sunday but will be open on the preceding days. Appointments must be made online by visiting publix.com/covidvaccine. Scheduling opportunity Appointment days Vaccine provided Monday Wednesday - Friday Moderna Wednesday (Except March 31) Saturday - Sunday Johnson & Johnson Friday Monday - Tuesday ModernaTo keep up with the latest news on the pandemic, subscribe to News 6′s coronavirus newsletter and go to ClickOrlando.com/coronavirus.
‘Where’s my baby?’ Drunk Titusville woman sped toward Publix thinking she forgot her child, police say
Jessica Lawton is accused of driving under the influence while speeding toward a Publix grocery store. An officer in an unmarked SUV followed Lawton into a Publix parking lot along Cheney Highway. The officer then activated his emergency lights and noted Lawton speeding up, according to an arrest affidavit. Lawton eventually swerved over two parking spots, changing her direction, and pulled into a parking spot, records show. Officers noted she did poorly, walking unsteadily and unable to properly hold her balance, according to an arrest report.
Publix, CVS accepting vaccine appointments for 50 and older in Florida
Ahead of Florida’s planned expansion of vaccine eligibility, Publix has already started accepting appointments for anyone who is 50 or older. Ron DeSantis announced he would sign an executive order making anyone 50 and older eligible for the vaccine during a news briefing in Tallahassee. As of 2:40 p.m. on Friday, most appointments throughout the state were fully booked, including locations in every Central Florida county. All 730 Publix pharmacy locations in Florida offer the vaccine by appointment only. AdCVS will accept appointments for any Floridian over the age of 50 on Monday.
Publix says leftover COVID-19 vaccine doses are going to employees
ORLANDO, Fla. – When and if there are leftover COVID-19 vaccine shots at Publix stores come the end of the day, those doses are given to employees rather than being thrown out. He called and asked to be added to the waitlist and was invited to come back that same day. Select Publix pharmacy locations first began offering the vaccine in January, providing more access to seniors who may not be able to travel to mass vaccination sites. The program has since expanded and all 730 Publix pharmacy stores are providing hundreds of shots per day. “I’m extremely proud of our pharmacy, store and support teams for their hard work over the past 10 weeks.
President orders all adults eligible for vaccine by May 1 as Florida reports 5,144 new COVID-19 cases
ORLANDO, Fla. – All 50 states now have until May 1 to make all adults eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Publix already accepting vaccine appointments for people 60 and olderWhen Publix opened its portal on Friday for COVID-19 vaccine appointments, more Florida residents were eligible. The vaccines will be available from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday:Colonial High School on Oleander Drive in OrlandoEast River High School on East River Falcons Way in OrlandoFreedom High School on W. Taft-Vineland Road in OrlandoOak Ridge High School in OrlandoOcoee High School on Ocoee Crown Point Parkway in OcoeeEmployees must bring their OCPS ID and state ID. [READ YESTERDAY’S REPORT: One year since pandemic declaration, Florida reports 96 deaths, 5,065 new cases]Find the state-run COVID-19 dashboard below:Below is a breakdown of Florida COVID-19 data reported by the state on March 12. CasesThe Florida Department of Health reported 5,144 new cases on Friday, bringing the state’s overall total to 1,967,865 cases since the virus was first detected on March 1, 2020.
Publix expands COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to those 60 and older
ORLANDO, Fla. – When Publix opened its portal on Friday for COVID-19 vaccine appointments, more Florida residents were eligible. Those 60 and older are now able to vie for a chance to get one of the shots, but the retailer noted that school employees and child care workers will still be prioritized. AdAll 730 Publix pharmacy locations in Florida offer the vaccine by appointment only. Publix’s eligibility expansion come as the state prepares to begin vaccinating people who are 60 and older on Monday. The governor said during a news conference on Thursday he hopes to offer the vaccine to all Floridians sometime next month.
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ORLANDO, Fla. – As President Joe Biden is poised to approve the next coronavirus relief bill, Florida continues to increase access to vaccines. Florida is getting more vaccine dosesThe state is once again seeing an increase in supply when it comes to Moderna and Pfizer vaccines. HospitalizationsAs of Wednesday afternoon, there were currently 3,213 people with the virus hospitalized in Florida, according to the state Agency for Health Care Administration. VaccinationsThe Florida Department of Health began releasing a daily report in December on COVID-19 vaccines administered throughout the state. As of Wednesday afternoon, 3,784,870 people have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine.
Publix now prioritizing school and child care workers, offering Johnson & Johnson vaccine
Changes are now in effect with Publix’s online COVID-19 vaccine appointment portal. Starting Wednesday, the grocery chain started giving priority to K-12 school and child care workers looking to make an appointment, according to a news release. This priority extends to teachers, school staff, bus drivers and those working for licensed child care providers of any age. AdAt the same time, Publix said it has received its first shipment of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Appointments made on Mondays and Fridays will be the Moderna vaccine.
Florida will lower vaccine age requirement -- likely to 60 -- this month, governor says
Ron DeSantis has said he will lower the age requirement for residents to get a COVID-19 vaccine sometime this month, but is now giving a better idea of who will be eligible next. During a news conference in Marion County on Friday, the governor said the age requirement, which currently stands at 65, will likely be dropped to 60 next, and the change is expected in the near future. Most likely we’ll do 60, and then we’ll do the next week 55 so stay tuned, that announcement will be coming relatively soon,” DeSantis said. And so if you’re 60, you’re going to be able to go and it doesn’t matter what your vocation is or doesn’t matter if you’re retired, you’re going to be able to go,” he said. “If you look at COVID and the statistics nationally, 95.7% of all COVID-related mortality is age 50 or above.
Winn-Dixie expands coronavirus vaccine eligibility at its pharmacies
ORLANDO, Fla. – Winn-Dixie has expanded its vaccine eligibility requirements to include educators and child care workers of all ages and medically vulnerable individuals. AdAppointments and proof of eligibility are required for anyone hoping to get vaccinated, according to the company. “While making their appointment, educators will need to follow the prompts in the online scheduler to attest to their eligibility. Medically vulnerable individuals under the age of 65 will need to present the FDOH form for physicians to certify that they are extremely vulnerable to COVID-19 and eligible to receive the vaccine. Those planning to get the shot under the “extremely vulnerable” criteria should have this form filled out by their doctor.
UPDATE: All Florida teachers, child care workers can now get COVID-19 vaccine at these pharmacies
According to CVS’ website, 24 pharmacies in Florida can provide shots. Previously, only those 65 and older were eligible, along with health care workers. The website now lists openings for K-12 teachers and staff, day care workers and preschool workers. On Thursday, Walmart also amended its website to include K-12 teachers and staff, day care workers and preschool workers with no age restrictions. https://t.co/8w5lTrLQLd — Rep. Darren Soto (@RepDarrenSoto) March 4, 2021Publix soon followed suit, also expanding its eligibility requirements on Thursday to Florida teachers and child care workers of all ages.
Publix offering coronavirus vaccine to Florida teachers, child care workers of all ages
ORLANDO, Fla. – Publix is the latest coronavirus vaccine provider to expand its eligibility requirements to include Florida teachers, school employees and other child care workers of all ages. [TRENDING: Video shows SpaceX Starship exploding after landing | All Fla. teachers can get vaccine at CVS | Man gets 20 years for cutting off wife’s lover’s penis]AdPublix said the change goes into effect for appointments starting Friday. The move applies to kindergarten through 12th grade teachers, school staff and child care personnel, regardless of their age. Ron DeSantis first expanded eligibility for teachers, only those 50 and older were allowed to get the shot. Publix recently expanded its vaccination program to include all 730 of its in-store pharmacies across the state.
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It marked the first annual contraction for the country’s economy since 1998, when it was in the midst of a crippling financial crisis. In comparison, the federal government previously said 38% of people would receive two doses by the end of June. Still, that’s 700,000 doses on hand, when the state is getting 200,000 doses this week, rising to 223,000 next week. AdBharat Biotech has already signed an agreement with Brazil to supply 20 million doses of the vaccine by September. ___COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio’s mask mandate will continue until a “critical mass” has been reached of people who have received the coronavirus vaccine, a spokesperson for Ohio Gov.
Orange County Public Schools announces graduation dates for class of 2021
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Orange County Public Schools officials have announced graduation dates for the class of 2021. Timber Creek High School, May 26 at 2 p.m.University High School, May 26 at 7:30 p.m.Evans High School, May 27 at 8:30 a.m.Jones High School, May 27 at 2 p.m.Ocoee High School, May 27 at 7:30 p.m.Orange Technical College, June 2 at 8:30 a.m.District officials said the schedule is based on the availability of the arena during NBA playoffs or Solar Bears hockey games. In the event the Amway Center is unable to host any of the ceremonies on the above dates, alternative locations will be determined, the county said. Superintendent Barbara Jenkins spoke about these preliminary plans during her Community Update video, which was released Friday. All guidelines and protocols are being made in conjunction with the Florida Department of Health in Orange County and the Amway Center.
Vaccine access expands as Florida reports 5,941 new COVID-19 cases
This July 2020 photo provided by Johnson & Johnson shows a vial of the COVID-19 vaccine in Belgium. (Johnson & Johnson via AP)ORLANDO, Fla. – Access to the COVID-19 vaccine is expanding in Central Florida and across the state. Ad[READ YESTERDAY’S REPORT: Florida reports 6,500 new COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations drop below 4,000 statewide]Find the state-run COVID-19 dashboard below:Below is a breakdown of Florida COVID-19 data reported by the state on Feb. 26. CasesThe Florida Department of Health reported 5,941 new cases on Friday, bringing the state’s overall total to 1,898,223 cases since the virus was first detected on March 1. VaccinationsThe Florida Department of Health began releasing a daily report in December on COVID-19 vaccines administered throughout the state.
All Florida Publix locations will offer COVID-19 vaccine
All Florida Publix locations will soon be offering COVID-19 vaccines to those who are eligible to get them. Vaccinations are provided by appointment only, while supplies last, through the online reservation system at publix.com/covidvaccine. Appointments cannot be made by calling Publix or the Publix Pharmacy. According to Publix officials, the reservation system typically opens every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning. To view a full list of Florida pharmacies offering appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine, click or tap here.
Publix reopens appointment system after receiving more COVID-19 vaccine doses
Publix reopened its online reservation portal on Wednesday after receiving additional doses of coronavirus vaccine. All appointments were booked in less than two hours, according to Publix. The company originally held off scheduling new appointments due to a deadly winter storm that impacted most of the country, delaying planned shipments. AdThe number of appointments available at each store will vary, according to Publix. In Central Florida, vaccine appointments will be available in Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Sumter counties.
COVID-related hate crime claim against Florida doctor ‘not true,’ lawyer says
[TRENDING: HOA charges family $927 for trash on curb | Doctor faces hate crime charge in social distancing attack | Mandatory vaccines for first responders?] Wright then walked up to him in the parking lot and he asked her to back up. Officials said the attack took place the day President Joe Biden took office. The legal team for Wright, an anesthesiologist at Mount Sinai Medical Center, released a statement Monday. The hospital’s statement said details of the arrest “are unacceptable and counter to the culture we foster and the mission that guides us.
Florida reports 4,000 new COVID-19 cases as delayed vaccine shipments arrive
Florida health departments are beginning to receive coronavirus vaccine doses delayed by the winter storm that swept through most of the country last week, waylaying millions of shots. Last week vaccine efforts in Florida were momentarily impacted by some of the delays. [READ YESTERDAY’S REPORT: Florida reports nearly 5,000 new COVID-19 cases as Biden pushes for more vaccines]Find the state-run COVID-19 dashboard below:Overall weekly coronavirus cases and hospitalizations are done across Florida. Below is a breakdown of Florida COVID-19 data reported by the state on Feb. 22. CasesThe Florida Department of Health reported 4,113 new cases on Monday, bringing the state’s overall total to 1,872,923 cases since the virus was first detected on March 1.