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All Georgians *12 and older are Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine. Walk in to one of our COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics without an appointment, or register for an appointment online at gta-vras.powerappsportals.us or call 1-888-457-0186. 

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Georgia Eligibility is open for everyone 12 years of age and older for the COVID vaccine.

*Note: Pfizer is the only COVID vaccine currently approved for children aged 12 through 17. All minors must have parental consent for a vaccination.

Pfizer COVID vaccine is offered when available at some of our county health departments' COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics; however, it is most reliably available at our clinics in Cherokee, Pickens and Whitfield counties.

Everyone who is eligible for the vaccine may walk in without an appointment to a public health COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens or Whitfield County, or they may register for a COVID-19 vaccination appointment at gta-vras.powerappsportals.us or call 1-888-457-0186.

Eligibility is subject to change. Please monitor this site for all updates.

Why is it important for healthcare workers and first responders to have the vaccination?

When healthcare personnel and first responders get sick with COVID-19, they are not able to work and provide key services for patients or clients, which weakens the whole community’s healthcare infrastructure.

Why is it critical that people 65 and older get vaccinated?

It is especially important for older adults to get the vaccine because they have the highest risk of being very sick or dying from COVID-19.

Is COVID-19 Vaccine provided for Free?

COVID-19 vaccine is offered by public health at no cost. Health insurance will be accepted if available, but if insurance is not presented, there will be no cost for the vaccine to the client.

 
    COVID-19 VACCINE DISTRIBUTION (AS OF 3/8/21)
  GEORGIA IS NOW VACCINATING
 
    • Healthcare workers (physicians, nurses, lab technicians, EMS)
    • Law Enforcement
    • Fire Personnel
    • First Responders
    • Residents and staff of long-term care facilities
    • Individuals aged 65+ and their caregivers*
    • Educators and staff (Pre-K, K-12, DECAL licensed or exempt childcare programs)
    • Adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their caregivers*
    • Parents of children with complex medical conditions
*Caregivers provide care to people who need assistance with everyday tasks.
  Care recipients can live in residential or institutional settings, range from children to older adults, and have chronic illnesses  or disabling conditions.

 

UPDATE: Effective Thursday, March 25, ALL Georgians ages 16 and older will be Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine. Register for an appointment online at gta-vras.powerappsportals.us or call 1-888-457-0186.

 

Georgia recently expanded vaccine eligibility, beginning March 15, 2021, to include adults aged 55 and older, individuals with disabilities and certain medical conditions.  Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities are already eligible for vaccination. This expansion now includes disabilities caused by an injury (e.g., traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injury), a disability due to a longstanding condition that could cause vision loss, nerve damage or loss of a limb, or a disability due to illness such as ALS or multiple sclerosis.

The medical conditions referenced are:

Asthma (moderate to severe)                         Immunocompromised
Cancer                                                              Liver disease
Cerebrovascular disease                                Neurologic conditions
Chronic kidney disease                                  Overweight and obesity
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease      Pregnancy
Cystic Fibrosis                                                 Pulmonary fibrosis
Diabetes                                                           Sickle Cell Disease
Hypertension or high blood pressure           Thalassemia (blood disorder)
Heart conditions

For a more detailed list, please log onto the DPH website at https://dph.georgia.gov/covid-vaccine.
 
 

Part C Grant Application Information

Babies Can't Wait (BCW) is Georgia’s statewide early intervention program for infants and toddlers with special needs, from birth to three years-of-age and their families. The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is the lead agency for administration of the BCW program. As required under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part C section 34 CFR §§303.110-303.113, “the State must publish its Part C application or policy in a manner that will ensure circulation throughout the State at least 60-days prior to the date on which the application or policy is submitted and allow an opportunity for public comments on the application or policy for at least 30 days during that 60-day publication period.” In order to meet this requirement, BCW invites interested persons to participate in a 60-day public comment period for the Part C Grant Application Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2021 from March 1, 2021 to May 3, 2021. The Part C grant application and revised policy is available for public review at hhttp://dph.georgia.gov/bcw-part-c-application. Comments can be submitted by mail, email, or fax as follows:

(1) Written comments will be received until May 3, 2021:

Babies Can’t Wait

Attn: Jeannine Galloway, Interim Part C Coordinator/Maternal and Child Health Director

2 Peachtree Street NW, 11th Floor

Atlanta, GA 30303-13422

 

(2) Email comments will be received until May 3, 2021

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Subject line: Part C Public Comment)

 

(3) Facsimile comments will be received until May 3, 2021

State BCW Office Fax: (404) 738- 0103 Attn: Jeannine Galloway

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Conveniently located in Dalton, Ellijay and Canton!

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North GA – Anyone who has COVID-19 type symptoms or has been in close contact recently with a person infected with the virus needs to be tested for COVID-19, even if you are fully vaccinated.

Free COVID-19 Testing is offered at MAKO Medical Drive-Thru Testing Sites in North Georgia through a partnership with the Georgia Department of Public Health. There are no eligibility requirements other than having a Georgia address and registering online at https://mako.exchange/splash/GAmakotesting/ (PLEASE REGISTER ONLINE AT THIS LINK FOR TESTING - ONLY USE THE PHONE NUMBER PROVIDED AT THE MAKO WEBSITE AS A LAST RESORT -- pre-registration is preferred, however, anyone who does not have access to the internet or is not able to navigate the online registration form can be registered by staff onsite at the MAKO Medical testing location).

The three drive-thru COVID-19 testing sites in North Georgia are:

Edwards Park
115 Edwards Park Entrance, Dalton, GA 30721
Monday – Friday, 8 AM – 3 PM

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*  Gilmer County Civic Center (Parks and Recreation)
1561 South Main Street, Ellijay, GA 30540
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays: 8 AM – 2 PM

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Action Church
271 Marietta Road, Canton, GA 30114
Monday – Friday, 8 AM – 3 PM

 

* This is the newest location and hours for MAKO COVID-19 Testing in Gilmer County, as of Monday, August 30.
 

**Please do not call these locations. No information is available by phone at these locations**

The test is performed with a nasal swab to determine the presence of the virus that causes COVID-19.

More information about MAKO Medical’s Free COVID-19 Testing is available at the registration link.