CVS pharmacies will now distribute COVID-19 vaccine in Florida

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Gray Rohrer and Richard Tribou, Orlando Sentinel
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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Tuesday that the state has partnered with CVS statewide at 15 locations to offer the COVID-19 vaccine to underserved communities.

Statewide, he said the CVS locations include one in Volusia, two in Polk and one in Flagler.

His remarks came at a press conference at a Hialeah pharmacy, where he also said teachers and police officers 50 and older will soon be eligible to receive the vaccine.

For the CVS partnership, the governor said the state will also partner in Miami-Dade County with the chain’s Navarro Discount Pharmacy and CVS Pharmacy y más locations, which cater to Hispanic consumers.

Navarro, which was acquired by CVS Health in 2014, has 31 locations while there are 35 CVS Pharmacy y más locations in Miami-Dade that will begin offering the vaccine this week.

The CVS locations are also in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Collier, Hillsborough, Hendry, St. Lucie, Manatee, Gadsden and Escambia counties.

DeSantis made the announcement at a Navarro location in Hialeah. The company was founded in Cuba in 1940 and opened its first location in Miami’s Little Havana in the 1960s.

“This is a place people are comfortable coming,” DeSantis said. “This is something that people go to in their daily lives.”

The locations will be able to do 100 shots a day, and appointments will begin starting Wednesday at where users can search by ZIP code to find locations close to them offering the vaccine. People can also call 1-800-746-7287.

“This is going to be really significant for this area,” DeSantis said. “This really provides a strong retail pharmacy footprint for Miami-Dade County. I can tell you the retail pharmacies have been a key component in getting shots in the arms of seniors.”

CVS joins Publix, Walmart and Winn-Dixie locations as pharmacies offering the vaccine either through supplies from Florida or through the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program. Across all of them, there are now locations in 52 of the state’s 67 counties.

CVS Regional Director Ahmed Velez said the chain looked to ramp up access to “medically underserved populations,” including its Black and Hispanic customers.

“It is our responsibility and mission to make sure vaccinations get distributed to those who need it most, to those who are most vulnerable,” Velez said. “One of our greatest strengths as a company is our presence in the communities.”