Albany health care group prepares to give COVID-19 vaccines

Albany health care group prepares to give COVID-19 vaccines

ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) - An Albany health care group will start giving COVID-19 vaccines to people 65 and older and first responders next week.

Albany Area Primary Health Care (AAPHC) staff will start vaccinating people at two of their medical offices, starting Jan. 11.

It is only for people 65 and older and first responders, not the general public.

AAPHC staff said they received their first shipment of the Moderna vaccine at the end of December.

Staff said they are working with the Phoebe Putney Health System and the Department of Public Health in Dougherty County to make sure people who are allowed to get the vaccine get it as soon as possible.

Ronda Arline is the director of nursing for Albany Area Primary Health Care.
Ronda Arline is the director of nursing for Albany Area Primary Health Care. (Source: WALB)

Ronda Arline, director of nursing for AAPHC, said those three organizations are the only ones in the Albany area who have the vaccine right now.

“We worked really hard with our staff, getting them trained to administer the vaccine,” Arline said. “It has been an organization-wide effort to get to this point. We are very proud and very happy to be able to offer this service to our community.”

If you are 65 or older or a first responder, or you qualify for vaccination under Georgia’s Phase 1a, you can now call AAPHC to schedule your appointment.

Appointments will start at two AAPHC medical facilities Monday.

To get your shot at AAPHC’s Northwest Family and Dental Medical Center, call (229) 405-6196, or at the South Albany location, call (229) 431-3120.

Arline and other AAPHC staff will explain more about their vaccine plans on Dialogue with WALB News 10′s Karla Heath-Sands this Sunday morning. Dialogue will air on Bounce at 9 a.m., on NBC at 9:30 a.m. and on ABC at 10 a.m. Sunday.

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