Winn-Dixie now offering free COVID-19 vaccinations at DeFuniak Springs store

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DeFUNIAK SPRINGS — Walton County residents now have another place to get COVID-19 vaccinations.

Southeastern Grocers Inc., the parent company for grocery chains Winn-Dixie, Harveys Supermarket and Fresco y Mas, announced Friday that it is offering an additional 5,900 free Moderna vaccines and has expanded the number of its participating Florida stores from 69 to 124.

Walton County Emergency Management Director Jeff Goldberg, left, and Patti Roberts, public information officer for the Florida Department of Health in Walton County, speak with the media in January as the county's COVID-19 vaccinations got under way. The county is now trying to identify homebound residents for whom to deliver the vaccine.

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One of the 55 new vaccination sites is Winn-Dixie Store No. 577 at 1030 U.S. Highway 331 S., Suite G, in DeFuniak Springs. 

Winn-Dixie also operates two vaccination sites in Okaloosa County:

  • Winn-Dixie Store No. 551, 4512 E. State Road 20, Niceville
  • Winn-Dixie Store No. 558: 1326 Ferdon Blvd. N., Crestview

Southeastern Grocers has been partnering with the state and federal governments to offer free vaccines to health care workers, residents and staff of long-term care facilities, and adults ages 65 and older in accordance with the Florida health authority guidelines, according to a news release from the company.

The company is now also accepting appointments for newly eligible groups such as day care workers, preschool teachers and educators in elementary, middle and high schools with no age limit, in accordance with new Federal Retail Pharmacy Program guidelines.

Stores also will administer vaccinations to persons under the age of 65 deemed medically vulnerable by a physician, in accordance with the recent executive order by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.

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All qualified individuals are encouraged to visit winndixie.com/pharmacy/covid-vaccine for timely updates, including vaccine availability details, participating store locations and to schedule an appointment online, as available.

Walton County has used flu shot exercises like this one to prepare for administration of the COVID-19 vaccine. Administration of the vaccine to people 65 and older will begin Wednesday in the county.

The vaccines are free with or without health insurance, and appointments will be made on a first-come, first-served basis. People with health insurance must provide their health insurance card at their scheduled appointment. Those without insurance will need to present a valid driver’s license or Social Security card.