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.
A spokesperson for the Florida Department of Health (FDOH), responding to an inquiry by The Florida Capital Star related to COVID vaccines, said he was unsure if any of the Food and Drug Agency (FDA) fully approved COVID vaccine -Comirnaty – was being distributed in Florida. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Comirnaty in August.
The FDOH spokesperson said he was aware of the continued use of the experimental version of the Pfizer vaccine.
Though Pfizer has shipped Comirnaty to the European Union, the vaccine’s availability in the U.S. is unclear.
Branch Properties has acquired 4.4 acres of land for a new Publix grocery store in Atlanta’s Summerhill neighborhood, according to a company press release.
“I have been a long-time advocate for PittsburghATL having a grocery store like Kroger, Publix, Etc., knowing it would transform our community into a cleaner, safer, inclusive community. I still hope this happens. Congrats Summerhill,” tweeted Tone Lane, co-founder of Pittsburgh Homeowners United.
Publix, an employee-owned and Florida-based grocery chain, announced an increase in its stock price and noted that year-to-year third quarter numbers show an increase in sales, but a decrease in profit compared to 2020.
The announcement comes almost a month after the company announced in early October a plan to hire 30,000 new employees before the end of the year.
The Florida-based grocery chain, Publix, announced they are planning to hire 30,00 employees for its stores, distribution centers, and manufacturing facilities before the end of the year.
“As we continue to grow, having a dedicated team ready to meet our needs is vitally important,” said Publix vice president of human resources, Marcy Benton, in a press release. “Whether associates are new to the workforce or making a career change, Publix provides great benefits and a strong culture in which its associates build long, fulfilling careers.”
Major Florida Corporations, Publix, Disney World, and Universal Orlando, have updated their COVID-19 policies to coordinate with the new Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.
The new CDC guidelines have reversed course due to the surge in delta variant cases across the nation, with Florida being responsible for one-fifth of those cases.
After an announcement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that Americans vaccinated against COVID-19 are free to gather without masks, several Florida staples have announced they will not require customers to wear masks this summer.
“Visitors won’t have to wear face masks outdoors at any of Central Florida’s major theme parks, as Universal Orlando, Disney World and SeaWorld relaxed the COVID-19 rule effective Saturday, sparking a mixed reaction among some fans,” The Orlando Sentinel reported Saturday.
A day after a man in Colorado was charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder after opening fire in a grocery store, a man was arrested in Atlanta after bringing six guns and body armor into a Publix.
“Preliminary investigation indicates the male entered the location openly carrying a rifle and entered the bathroom,” according to the Atlanta Police Department (APD). “A witness observed the male and alerted store management who then notified police. When the male exited the bathroom, arriving units immediately detained the male.”
Middle Tennessee grocery store employees are restocking most of their shelves with essential items as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, although some shoppers wonder why the toilet paper and hand sanitizer aisles, among others, still remain empty.
U.S. Rep. Mark Green (R-TN-07) said people don’t necessarily need masks over their heads right now to protect themselves from COVID-19.
But Green still asked people late last week to cover their mouths when they are out in public.
“If you put your hand over your mouth at Publix while you are walking around, as long as your hand is sanitized, anything you put over your mouth will decrease the amount of the viral load that you inhale,” Green said during a Tele-Town hall phone call with constituents Friday.