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North Georgia – The North Georgia Health District offices in Dalton, Georgia will be closed on Monday, September 6th for Labor Day, as will all health departments in Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens and Whitfield counties. However, some COVID-19 services will be provided.
 
The Woodstock Health Center will conduct a COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic from 8 AM to 12 PM on Monday. No appointments are needed, and the vaccine is free. Pfizer vaccine will be offered to people ages 12 and older; Moderna and Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine will be available to people 18 and older. The Woodstock Health Center is located at 7545 North Main Street, Woodstock, GA 30188.
 
Also, MAKO Medical will operate as usual on Labor Day, offering Free COVID-19 Testing at three locations in North Georgia. This is PCR testing done by nasal swab to determine the presence of the virus that causes COVID-19. There are no eligibility requirements other than having a Georgia address and registering online at https://mako.exchange/splash/GAmakotesting/.
 
Locations and hours for MAKO Medical COVID-19 testing in North Georgia are as follows:
 
Action Church
271 Marietta Road, Canton, GA 30114
Monday – Friday, 8 AM – 3 PM
 
Edwards Park
115 Edwards Park Entrance, Dalton, GA 30721
Monday – Friday, 8 AM – 3 PM
 
Gilmer County Civic Center (Parks and Recreation)
1561 South Main Street, Ellijay, GA 30540
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays: 8 AM – 2 PM
 
For more information about our public health services, hours and locations, go here to our website home page at nghd.org.
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County Health Department Drive-thru Flu Shot Clinics Begin in September!
 
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NORTH GEORGIA – Safe, convenient, and protective, Drive-thru Flu Shot Clinics will roll out again in North Georgia, starting in September!

The Drive-thru Flu Shot Clinics, conducted by county health departments in the North Georgia Health District, are for people ages 18 and older and will allow residents to stay safely in their vehicles while health department staff wear COVID-19 protective gear to administer flu vaccinations. Clients driving through will also be required to wear a mask.

The Drive-thru Flu Shot Clinics are scheduled, as follows:

Fannin: Thursday, September 23rd, 9 A.M. – 4 P.M., The Farmers Market: 811 Summit Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. Call (706) 632-3023 for more details. 

Murray: Tuesday, September 28th, 8 A.M. – 3 P.M., Murray County Parks and Recreation Department: 651 Hyden Tyler Road, Chatsworth, GA 30705. Call (706) 695-4585 for more details. 

Pickens: Tuesday, September 28th, 9 A.M. – 2 P.M., Mt. Zion Baptist Church: 1036 North Main Street, Jasper, GA 30143. Call (706) 253-2821 for more details.

Cherokee: Tuesday, October 5th, 9 A.M. – 2 P.M., Woodstock City Church: 150 Ridgewalk Parkway, Woodstock, GA 30188. Call (770) 928-0133 or (770) 345-7371 for more details.

Whitfield: Tuesday, October 5th, 9 A.M. – 3 P.M., Dalton Convention Center: 2211 Tony Ingle Parkway, Dalton, GA 30720. Call (706) 279-9600 for more details.

Gilmer: Thursday, October 7th, 8 A.M. – 1 P.M., ETC Pavilion: Legion Road, Ellijay, GA 30540. Call (706) 635-4363 for more details.

 

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North GA – North Georgia Health District officials announced that public health departments in Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens and Whitfield counties will provide a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to certain patients with weakened immune systems.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that people who are moderately to severely immunocompromised receive an additional dose of Pfizer or Moderna COVID vaccine at least 28 days after completion of the initial two doses. This recommendation does not include Johnson and Johnson vaccine recipients.

Eligible immunocompromising conditions for an additional dose of COVID-19 vaccine include:

  • Active treatment for solid tumor and hematologic malignancies
  • Receipt of a solid-organ transplant and taking immunosuppressive therapy
  • Receipt of CAR-T-cell or hematopoietic stem cell transplant (within 2 years of transplantation or taking immunosuppression therapy)
  • Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
  • Advanced or untreated HIV infection
  • Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids (≥20mg prednisone or equivalent per day), alkylating agents, antimetabolites, transplant-related immunosuppressive drugs, cancer chemotherapeutic agents classified as severely immunosuppressive, tumor-necrosis (TNF) blockers, and other biologic agents that are immunosuppressive or immunomodulatory

Eligible patients must request a third dose of the vaccine, and to receive it, they may either provide documentation from their physician or self-attest to one of the medical conditions above by signing a consent form.

The vaccine is free, and no appointment is needed to receive COVID-19 vaccine at the county health departments in the North Georgia Health District; however, an appointment may be arranged, if desired, by calling ahead. Phone numbers and addresses for county health departments in North Georgia are available here on our home page.

 

NOTE:  THE 3RD COVID-19 VACCINE DOSE IS NOT THE SAME AS THE COVID-19 BOOSTER SHOT. THE 3RD DOSE OF PFIZER OR MODERNA COVID-19 VACCINE IS ONLY FOR CERTAIN PEOPLE WITH WEAKENED IMMUNE SYSTEMS WHO MEET THE CONDITIONS LISTED ABOVE. THE TENTATIVE NATIONAL PLAN FOR COVID-19 BOOSTER SHOTS IS TO OFFER A BOOSTER TO ALL AMERICANS BEGINNING THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 20 AND STARTING 8 MONTHS AFTER AN INDIVIDUAL'S SECOND DOSE. PLEASE LEARN MORE ABOUT THE BOOSTER SHOT HERE.

Joint Statement from HHS Public Health and Medical Experts on COVID-19 Booster Shots

 
Media Statement

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, August 18, 2021
Contact: Media Relations
(404) 639-3286

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Today, public health and medical experts from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the following statement on the Administration’s plan for COVID-19 booster shots for the American people.

The statement is attributable to Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); Dr. Janet Woodcock, Acting Commissioner, Food and Drug Administration (FDA); Dr. Vivek Murthy, U.S. Surgeon General; Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH); Dr. Anthony Fauci, Chief Medical Advisor to President Joe Biden and Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID); Dr. Rachel Levine, Assistant Secretary for Health; Dr. David Kessler, Chief Science Officer for the COVID-19 Response; and Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, Chair of the COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force:

“The COVID-19 vaccines authorized in the United States continue to be remarkably effective in reducing risk of severe disease, hospitalization, and death, even against the widely circulating Delta variant. Recognizing that many vaccines are associated with a reduction in protection over time, and acknowledging that additional vaccine doses could be needed to provide long lasting protection, we have been analyzing the scientific data closely from the United States and around the world to understand how long this protection will last and how we might maximize this protection. The available data make very clear that protection against SARS-CoV-2 infection begins to decrease over time following the initial doses of vaccination, and in association with the dominance of the Delta variant, we are starting to see evidence of reduced protection against mild and moderate disease. Based on our latest assessment, the current protection against severe disease, hospitalization, and death could diminish in the months ahead, especially among those who are at higher risk or were vaccinated during the earlier phases of the vaccination rollout. For that reason, we conclude that a booster shot will be needed to maximize vaccine-induced protection and prolong its durability.