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New COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments Quickly Fill at Miami-Dade and Broward Publix

More than 100 Publix stores across Miami-Dade and Broward opened up new COVID-19 vaccine appointments Monday morning

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More than 100 Publix stores across Miami-Dade and Broward opened up new COVID-19 vaccine appointments Monday morning, which were quickly filled up.

Appointments at the Publix stores were fully booked not long after they were made available at 7 a.m.

Officials with the grocery store chain said the online reservation system will be open every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning at 7 a.m.

"There is more demand for the vaccine than available supply, and we understand that's frustrating," Publix said in a statement.

People ages 65 and older must make an appointment through the online reservation system. For a full list of Publix vaccination locations: click here.

Last Friday, those slots also filled up within an hour of the site opening, even faster than on Monday. At a news conference Monday, Florida Gov. DeSantis said it was good that it was taking longer to fill the appointment slots.

"One indicator of the fact that we're making a lot of progress, is this morning when people, if you logged on to make an appointment at one of the Publix pharmacies, it took a lot longer to fill up tens of thousands of slots than it did two or three weeks ago," DeSantis said at a news conference. "I think that that means were reaching critical mass. Obviously we still have more to do."

This will likely be an important week in the fight against COVID-19 as a third vaccine from Johnson & Johnson was being distributed, in addition to the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.

As far as vaccines go, health experts say all three protect against COVID-19.

"All three of them are really quite good," said Dr. Anthony Fauci. "And people should take the one that's most available to them. If you go to a place and you have J&J, and that's the one that's available, I would take it. I personally would do the same thing."

And a new executive order from DeSantis states that doctors, registered nurses and pharmacists may vaccinate people with high risk medical conditions in their own offices -- not through a state or county-run site.

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