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Oct. 22, 2021                                                                                        

Booster Doses Authorized for Moderna and J&J COVID Vaccines

Atlanta – The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) and health districts throughout Georgia will begin offering booster doses of Moderna and Johnson & Johnson (J&J) COVID vaccine Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021, pending guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These boosters are in addition to previously approved booster doses of Pfizer vaccine.

For individuals who received a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID vaccine, the following groups are eligible for a booster shot at 6 months or more after their initial 2-dose series:

For people who received the J&J COVID vaccine, booster shots are also recommended for those who are 18 and older and who were vaccinated two or more months ago.

Eligible individuals may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose. Some people may have a preference for the vaccine type that they originally received and others, may prefer to get a different booster. CDC’s recommendations now allow for this type of mix and match dosing for booster shots.

Not all types of vaccine will be available at all sites. For information about COVID vaccines or to schedule a vaccination appointment visit or

More than 50% of Georgians remain unvaccinated for COVID-19, leaving themselves – and their children, families, loved ones, and communities– vulnerable to infection. DPH urges all eligible Georgians to get vaccinated to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Georgia and to save lives.

For updates on COVID-19, follow @GaDPH and @GovKemp on Twitter and @GaDPH and @GovKemp on Facebook.


Nancy Nydam
Director of Communications
Georgia Department of Public Health
2 Peachtree Street, N.E., 15th Floor
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
(404) 657-2462
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North GA – The Drive-thru Flu Shot Clinics in North Georgia successfully ended this year with *1,145 residents in Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens and Whitfield counties armed against the flu. Held annually by local public health in the six counties since 2007, this year’s drive-thru flu shot campaign began in Blue Ridge on September 23rd and wrapped up in Woodstock on October 19th.

Besides being a safe and convenient method for flu vaccination, the Drive-thru Flu Shot Clinics provide an opportunity for county health departments and partnering agencies to test local plans for rapidly administering vaccine or medication during a public health crisis. Participating community partners include local law enforcement, Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs), businesses and first responders such as the county Emergency Management Agency, Emergency Medical Services and Fire Departments.

Influenza viruses circulate at higher levels from fall through spring in the U.S., so a well-timed flu shot reduces the chances of getting seasonal flu and spreading it to others. When more people are vaccinated, less flu spreads through communities.

As COVID-19 continues to transmit in our communities, it is even more significant that residents get vaccinated against both COVID-19 and the flu to reduce the dangerous risk of having both illnesses and to prevent an increase in cases of these diseases from occurring in our communities.

Flu and COVID-19 vaccine are both available on a walk-in, no-appointment-needed basis at each county health department in North Georgia.

The flu vaccine is no-cost to clients covered by one of a wide variety of acceptable healthcare plans, and if paying out of pocket, the cost is relatively low at $25 for the regular flu shot and $65 for high dose flu vaccine offered to people 65 and older whose immune systems tend to weaken with age.

COVID-19 vaccine doses are free at the county health departments, including primary shots, 3rd shots and booster shots. Log on here to the North Georgia Health District website to see the latest information about COVID-19 vaccine eligibility.

For more information about influenza, log onto the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website at

To contact a county health department in the North Georgia Health District and find the location and phone number for each site, log onto and click on the county name.

*Of the 1,145 residents vaccinated this year at the Drive-thru Flu Shot Clinics in North Georgia, these county health departments provided the following numbers of doses:  

Cherokee County……129     Fannin County…………185

Gilmer County…………108     Murray County……….190

Pickens County……… 161    Whitfield County…….372


The Georgia Department of Public Health's WIC Survey is Live and Ready for Your Feedback!

You are invited to complete an online survey regarding our Women, Infant and Children (WIC) services provided during the pandemic.

Please go to or click this button:



¡La encuesta WIC del Departamento de Salud Pública de Georgia está en vivo y lista para recibir sus comentarios!

Se le invita a completar una encuesta en línea sobre nuestros servicios para mujeres, bebés y niños (WIC) proporcionados durante la pandemia.

Vaya a o haga clic en este botón:


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Show Support to Those Living with HIV, Get A Free T-Shirt, GET TESTED

North GA – As WORLD AIDS DAY approaches this year, you have a great opportunity to show How You Rock the Ribbon!

The North Georgia Health District HIV Program invites you to participate right now in their live Rock the Ribbon Virtual Event where you can safely download the QR code below and complete a survey. You will then receive a FREE Rock the Ribbon T-Shirt so you can show your support for those living with HIV leading up to World AIDS Day, December 1st.

FREE HIV testing will be offered on World AIDS Day at all public health departments in Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens and Whitfield counties and at The Living Bridge Center locations in Dalton and Canton.

Meanwhile, show How You Rock the Ribbon during our Rock the Ribbon Virtual Event. Get started by scanning the QR Code or click Get your free event t-shirt. Get tested. Remember those who have lost their lives to HIV, do your part to reduce stigma, learn more about HIV prevention strategies, walk or run a 5K, plant a tree, make a donation, and share your plans and pictures on social media at #TLBCWAD2021 or #TLBCRockTheRibbon. Share our event social media post on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

WAD Survey QR CodeGo here on our website for more information at

To order a free HIV self-test kit, go to and click on the red triangle.

Let’s Rock the Ribbon!