Federal authorities have finally expanded access to Covid-19 vaccines to children age six months to five years, but the major grocery chain and pharmacy retailer Publix will not offer vaccinations to the nation’s youngest children at its more than 1,200 US stores.
The Florida-based chain said it will not administer vaccines to young children “at this time” but has not released a statement explaining its decision.
Florida has overseen a complicated vaccine rollout for young children as the Food and Drug Administration and US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention prepared to expand access to vaccines more than a year after they became widely available for adults.
State officials including the state’s surgeon general cast doubt on the efficacy of vaccines and clashed with federal guidelines and guidance from medical experts, among others.
Florida was also the only state that did not preorder vaccines for children under five, which the White House warned could stall deliveries to medical providers in the state for those who did wish to innoculate their children.
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