I am overjoyed that last Saturday Mark and I were able to receive our first dose of the Moderna vaccine offered by Publix. It took a lot of persistence and perseverance on my part (two traits I have an abundance of).
It also required a 3+ hour drive and an overnight hotel stay.
Earlier in the week, Publix announced that they were launching a vaccine program in Marion, Citrus and Hernando counties. Details were spotty.
I tried to read as many stories as I could to figure out how to sign up. I was finally able to ascertain that the appointments would become available on Thursday morning. No time was mentioned. I had a hard time sleeping that night.
At 6 a.m. I clicked on the Publix link to see if there was more information, and lo and behold, there was a message on my tablet screen, “Please select your date and location.” I couldn’t believe my eyes! (By noon that day, all available allotments were gone.)
I picked the very first store on the list, and after answering some questions and providing some medical details, my appointment was confirmed.
It was an orderly process. My scheduled time was at 9:40 a.m., and I received my shot at 9:40 a.m. Mark was scheduled at 10:05, and got his shot at 10:20 a.m.
In four weeks we will receive a text that will allow us to make our second appointments.
Here are some points to remember.
Helpful hints when registering for the Publix/COVID vaccine:
• When they tell you the day they begin taking appointments, but no time, start at midnight.
• For some reason, it was easier to apply using my tablet. When I tried at that exact moment to register Mark on my computer, I got a message that said the site was not LIVE yet. I think it helps by using a tablet.
• Before you attempt to make the appointment, make sure you know the zip codes of some of the stores nearby and have them handy. You are asked for this during the registration process.
• You are also asked for your Medicare number, so have it handy.
Feeling exceptionally lucky, I walked past the customer service counter and bought a bunch of lottery tickets and scratch-offs. We’re still scratching.
Bottom line: stay vigilant and do not get discouraged.
Editor’s Note: Terri Lynn is an active member of the press club, and her husband, Mark Young, serves on the Board of Governors as Communications Chair.