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Created: Tuesday, 05 January 2021 14:00
Last Updated: Friday, 15 January 2021 15:52
Written by Jennifer King, District Public Information Officer and Risk Communicator
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North GA — Following the first round of COVID-19 vaccines administered to over 1,900 healthcare workers, medical first responders, and long-term care facility residents and staff in North Georgia, the North Georgia Health District (1-2) will expand its vaccination program to reach more members of the community.
Governor Brian Kemp and Commissioner Kathleen Toomey, M.D., M.P.H., announced plans last week to add adults aged 65 and older, law enforcement officers, firefighters and first responders to the current group of individuals eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccination. Healthcare workers and residents of long-term care facilities and their staff are already in this highest priority group.
Beginning on Monday, January 11, 2021, COVID-19 vaccinations will be available to these groups of individuals during the newly expanded Phase 1-A of the Georgia COVID-19 Vaccination Plan:
- Staff in clinical settings (e.g., physicians, nurses, pharmacists, EMS, laboratory staff, environmental services).
- Residents and staff at long-term care facilities who have been unable to get vaccinated.
- All adults 65 years of age or older and their caregivers, and law enforcement and fire personnel.
“Since we began our COVID-19 vaccination campaign in our health district on December 18th, our county health departments have vaccinated some of the most critically vulnerable people in our communities,” said Zachary Taylor, M.D., M.S., interim health director of the North Georgia Health District, based in Dalton. “Now we want to rapidly and effectively administer COVID-19 vaccine to even more members of our community.”
Scheduling is required to receive Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine by public health in North Georgia, which will be provided at no out-of-pocket expense. Health insurance plans will be accepted, if available.
Beginning Friday, January 8, eligible residents may begin registering for a vaccination appointment at a public health department in Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens or Whitfield County by calling our Call Center Hotline: 1-888-881-1474. Walk-ins will not be accepted. Residents must preregister to be vaccinated and must register in the county where they live or work.
Register for an appointment at your County Health Department by dialing our Call Center, toll-free:
Call Center Hours, Monday - Friday: 8:15 AM - 4:30 PM
You may also Register ONLINE. Click HERE.
Health Department locations for preregistered COVID-19 vaccination appointments:
Cherokee County Health Department: 7545 North Main Street, Suite 100, Woodstock, GA 30188
Fannin County Health Department: The Piedmont Community Center, 824 Industrial Blvd, Blue Ridge, GA 30540
Gilmer County Health Department: Southside Church Street, Ellijay, GA 30540
Murray County Health Department: 709 Dalton-Ellijay Road, Chatsworth, GA 30705
Pickens County Health Department: 60 Health Way, Jasper, GA 30143
Whitfield County Health Department: 800 Professional Boulevard, Dalton, GA 30720
Both Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccine require two doses. Pfizer doses are spaced three weeks apart and Moderna doses are administered four weeks apart. Scheduling for dose one and dose two of the vaccine is required.
Those who receive the vaccine should plan to remain for post-vaccination observation for up to 30 minutes. Prior to vaccination, review of product-specific safety information and consent will be required.
Additional information on the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine can be found on the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/different-vaccines/Pfizer-BioNTech.html.
More information about the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/different-vaccines/Moderna.html
Click here for additional information about COVID-19 vaccine in Georgia, log onto the Georgia Department of Public Health website at https://dph.georgia.gov/covid-vaccine.