COVID-19 vaccine for those in first phase available at health departments starting Monday

From 2011 to 2017, childhood vaccination group rates have decreased 7.8 percent across the...
From 2011 to 2017, childhood vaccination group rates have decreased 7.8 percent across the State of Georgia.(WALB)
Published: Jan. 3, 2021 at 8:18 PM EST
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ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) - Since it has been announced by Gov. Brian Kemp that people 65 and older are now included in Phase 1A of Georgia’s COVID vaccine plan, those who qualify can call to schedule their appointments to receive the COVID-19 vaccine starting Monday, according to the Southwest Public Health District.

The COVID vaccine is available by appointment at all 14 county health departments in the health district.

“On Monday, Jan. 4 only, those meeting (the) criteria can schedule their vaccine by calling their local public health department,” the health agency said in a release. “Starting Tuesday, Jan. 5, those who qualify can schedule an appointment through the public health call center hotline at (229) 352-6567.”

Though appointments can be made on Monday, the vaccinations will start on Jan. 11.

“Different areas of the state are completing Phase 1a at different times based on the number of healthcare workers and LTCF residents and staff they have to vaccinate,” said Georgia Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Kathleen Toomey. “This expansion of 1a eligible vaccination criteria will allow the vaccine to be administered as quickly as possible to our most at-risk populations in terms of exposure, transmission, and severity. It also gives healthcare providers and public health staff time to plan and work with local communities across the state to ensure safe and efficient deployment of limited vaccine supplies.”

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