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Publix is not offering COVID vaccines to the youngest kids

Front of a Publix store

The supermarket chain hasn't explained its decision for not offering the low-dose vaccine to ages 6 months to 5 years. It currently offers the vaccine to ages 5 and older.

The Publix supermarket chain isn't offering the COVID-19 vaccine to children younger than 5.

The Lakeland-based chain hasn't explained its decision.

Publix has 1,288 stores in seven Southern states and was instrumental in distributing the vaccine when it was initially released.

It currently offers the vaccine to children 5 and older.

The company told the Tampa Bay Times on Wednesday that it won't offer the vaccine to young children “at this time."

Florida is the only state that didn't preorder the under-5 vaccine, and state Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo has recommended against vaccinating healthy children.

Click here to read more of this article from the Associated Press.