Phoebe begins accepting COVID vaccine appointments

Health officials say appointments are filling up quickly

Phoebe begins accepting COVID vaccine appointments

ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) - Phoebe is now accepting appointments for vaccinations for those 65 and older and first responders.

They’ll begin administering vaccines next week.

Phoebe Putney Health System’s chief medical officer says the phone line for appointments opened up on Thursday and the phones have been ringing non-stop, which is a very good sign for the community.

In Albany, appointments are already filled for Monday with about 300 recipients.

Dr. Dianna Grant says they have a capacity of about 400 to 500 per day.

She says the Sumter location is filled until Jan. 16.

Many of them were Phoebe employees who got the shot first Thursday afternoon.
Many of them were Phoebe employees who got the shot first Thursday afternoon. (Source: WALB)

“We are very conscious in opening it up, very conscious making sure we keep a tight eye on our inventory that’s in place. I can tell you we have the Fed Ex tracking for the doses 65 plus and we ordered 3,900. We have a tracking number...it should be here,” said Dr. Grant.

Those eligible can call (229) 312-1919 to speak with a scheduler to set up an appointment for next week.

Vaccinations are provided in three locations: Albany, Americus, and Sylvester.

She says the hospitals are working really hard on their phone systems.

They urge you to be patient and do not show up in person.

Walk-ins are NOT accepted.

Below are guidelines you should follow if you qualify for vaccination and want to schedule an appointment at Phoebe:

  • If you are not feeling well, wait until you feel better to schedule an appointment.
  • Do not arrive more than 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment.
  • All vaccine recipients will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms prior to vaccination.
  • All vaccine recipients will be required to wear a mask. If they do not have a mask, one will be provided to them.
  • Only one person will be allowed to accompany a vaccine recipient into the check-in and vaccination areas and only if it is medically necessary.
  • If you can’t make your appointment, call the hotline to reschedule.
  • Following the vaccination, all recipients will be required to remain in an observation area for 15 minutes to ensure they do not experience any adverse reaction. For guidelines on what you need to do after scheduling a vaccination appointment.

Hospital officials say the new slots are filling up with healthcare workers and those in the new phase, as well as second dose recipients.

So far in the Phoebe Health System, as of Friday morning, about 2,200 employed healthcare workers have been vaccinated.

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