UPDATE at 10:08 a.m. Publix supermarkets officials announced at 9 a.m. Friday that it would begin booking appointments for COVID-19 vaccines and by 10 a.m. its website showed all appointments taken for its limited supply of vaccine.
Tribuneledgernews.com has reached out to company officials to ask when additional appointments might be available.
Six Publix supermarkets in Cherokee County will begin taking appointments from eligible people for COVID-19 vaccinations on Friday and start giving shots on Saturday, company officials said.
"Vaccinations are provided by appointment only and are for first responders, health care workers, individuals ages 65 and older and their caregivers, and residents and staff of long-term care facilities," Publix spokeswoman Maria Brous said in a statement.
Appointments should be made online, beginning Friday, at: publix.com/covid-vaccine
The Cherokee County Publix locations are:
- Freehome Village, 12424 Cumming Highway, Canton
- Riverstone Plaza, 1451 Riverstone Parkway, Canton
- Paradise Shoppes of Prominence Point, 120 Prominence Point Parkway, Canton
- Laurel Canyon Village, 15 Laurel Canyon Village Circle, Suite 118, Canton
- The Centre at Woodstock, 12165 Ga. Highway 92, Woodstock
- Village Shoppes of East Cherokee, 6236 Holly Springs Parkway, Woodstock
The local stores are part of a network of 108 Publix stores across Georgia that will begin giving the vaccine to combat the disease that has killed about 390,000 Americans, including 10,721 in Georgia and 149 in Cherokee County.
"Vaccinations are provided to eligible individuals, by appointment only, while supplies last, and at no cost to the individual. Customers with health insurance will need to bring their insurance card to their scheduled appointment. Medicare members should bring their red, white and blue Medicare Part B card. Customers without health insurance will need to provide their driver’s license or Social Security number," Publix said in a statement.
Until Friday's announcement by Publix, the only option to receive a vaccine in Cherokee County was the health department office in Woodstock.
Eligibility to receive a COVID-19 vaccine expanded this week expanded to the public ages 65 and older and their caregivers. High volume crashed the health department's website and local residents using a telephone hotline reported having to dial repeatedly and spend long periods on hold to schedule appointments by phone.