Publix Announces it Will Not Distribute COVID-19 Vaccine to Children

The grocery store chain Publix has announced that it will not be distributing COVID-19 vaccines to children under the age of five at any of its pharmacies, despite the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) demanding that children get the vaccine.

The Daily Caller reports that the chain, which is based in Florida, declined to explain the reasoning behind its decision for the time being. Publix is one of the largest grocery store chains in the United States, and its decision against distributing the vaccine stands in contrast to its competitors such as Walmart, who have already bent to the will of the CDC on vaccine distribution.

The majority of Publix stores are located in Florida, where state health officials have publicly disagreed with the CDC’s assessments. State Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo has not recommended that children under the age of five take the vaccine, and Governor Ron DeSantis has declared that the state is “affirmatively against” forced vaccinations for young children.

Publix had played a key role in the initial vaccine distribution during the coronavirus pandemic, working closely with the DeSantis Administration to get millions of senior citizens vaccinated once the vaccine became available. By April of 2021, Publix was the single largest supplier of vaccines in the state, providing over one-fourth of the state’s total number of vaccine doses.

Outside of Florida, Publix has other locations in the southeastern United States, including Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.


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Eric Lendrum graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was the Secretary of the College Republicans and the founding chairman of the school’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter. He has interned for Young America’s Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, and the White House, and has worked for numerous campaigns including the 2018 re-election of Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22). He is currently a co-host of The Right Take podcast.

Photo: SEATTLE, WA - JUNE 21: A 20-month-old baby receives the first dose of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccination at UW Medical Center - Roosevelt on June 21, 2022 in Seattle, Washington. Covid-19 vaccinations for children younger than 5 began today across the U.S. (Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images)