By Joe Callahan
| Northwest Florida Daily News
The website, which had stated no more appointments were available, began showing “please check back again shortly” on Wednesday, a sign that the portal was open and active for at least some of the Publix locations in 12 counties.
Publix has added 83 locations in 10 counties to their vaccination locations in one week.
Maria Brous, Publix director of communications, said that when the site states “check back shortly” that means there are many people in a queue getting appointments.
“The system is toggling, so as customers exit, new customers can enter,” Brous said. “If customers see a check back soon message, appointments are still available. Once all appointments have been reserved, the message will reflect that.”
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The last time Publix appointments opened they were snapped up within hours. Customers can keep checking the Publix website, which will go live again when more appointment times become available.
The vaccinations will be provided at no cost.
“Customers with insurance will need to bring their insurance card, and customers without insurance will need to provide their driver’s license or Social Security number,” a Publix press release states.