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WALK UP COVID 19 VACCINE CLINICS BANNER

For a Limited Time in North Georgia: April 19 – 22!

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North (GA) - Are you a Georgian aged 16 or older? Then come on down to a limited Walk-Up COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic where NO Appointment is Needed! These limited no-appointment walk-up clinics will be conducted by Public Health Departments at their current COVID-19 vaccine clinic sites in Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens and Whitfield counties, April 19 – 22 from 9 AM to 3 PM. There is NO Cost to clients.* Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccine will be offered, as available (Pfizer is most reliably available in Whitfield County). Teens ages 16 to 18 are only permitted Pfizer vaccine and must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Get safely vaccinated against COVID-19 and protect yourself, your family and your community! See locations for participating county public health COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic sites below:

Fannin County:            Kiwanis Club of Blue Ridge, 124 Jones Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30213

Gilmer County:            Piedmont Community Center, 824 Industrial Blvd., Ellijay, GA 30540

Murray County:           Murray County Parks & Recreation Dept, 651 Hyden Tyler Rd, Chatsworth, GA 30705                                   

Pickens County:          Pickens County Recreation Department, 1329 Camp Road, Jasper, GA 30143           

Whitfield County:        Whitfield County Health Department, 800 Professional Blvd, Dalton, GA 30720

*Health insurance accepted IF presented, but there is NO out-of-pocket expense to clients!

Questions about COVID-19 Vaccine? Click HERE!

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Following the guidance of the FDA and CDC, Georgia is pausing ALL J&J vaccinations until further notice. Additional information is below.

NEWS RELEASE: April 13, 2021                                                                         

DPH Follows FDA and CDC Guidance Pausing J&J Vaccinations in Georgia 

Atlanta – Following the guidance and recommendations of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is pausing J&J (Janssen) vaccinations in Georgia until further notice. The FDA and CDC are reviewing data involving six reported cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot occurring in women aged 18-48 about a week after vaccination. None of the six cases are in individuals vaccinated in Georgia and are unrelated to the reactions reported last week at the Cumming Fairgrounds site. 

DPH and District Health Departments are working to provide Pfizer or Moderna vaccines for individuals with previously scheduled appointments for the J&J vaccine. In some cases, this may require rescheduling, and we ask for patience while scheduling arrangements and adjustments are made.

Right now, these adverse events appear to be extremely rare, but out of an abundance of caution DPH will temporarily stop the administration of the J&J vaccine while scientists review the data around these cases. More than 124,000 doses of J&J vaccine have been safely administered in Georgia.

Individuals who have received the J&J vaccine and develop severe headache, abdominal pain leg pain or shortness of breath within three weeks after vaccination should contact their health care providers. DPH urges all health care providers to be aware of the potential for these adverse events and plan for appropriate treatment required with these types of blood clots.

Vaccination remains one of our best tools for stopping the spread of COVID-19, along with basic prevention measures – wearing a mask, distancing from others, avoiding large gatherings and frequent hand washing.

DPH will continue to monitor the situation with J&J vaccines and provide additional information as it becomes available.

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

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Covid vaccine eligibility expanded

Beginning Thursday, March 25, 2021

Atlanta – The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) and Governor Brian Kemp announced the state will expand its COVID vaccine eligibility beginning March 25, 2021, to include all Georgians aged 16 and older. Increased COVID vaccine supply and significant progress in vaccinating Georgia seniors, our most vulnerable population, allows the state to move forward and to ensure all vaccine doses are being put into arms.

Vaccination, along with strict compliance with basic prevention measures - wear a mask, stay six feet from others, avoid large gatherings, wash your hands frequently - will help Georgia stop the spread of COVID-19.

These measures are critically important as SARs-CoV-2 variants continue to circulate and increase in Georgia. Currently, there are 367 confirmed COVID cases with variants statewide; 351 cases with the UK variant (B.1.1.7), 15 cases with the South Africa variant (B.1.351), and 1 case with the Brazil variant (P.1). These variants appear to spread more easily and quickly than other variants, which may lead to more cases of COVID-19.

Anyone signs or symptoms of COVID-19 should be tested, regardless of vaccination status or prior infection. Follow the advice of your health care provider about what you should do while you wait for your test results. COVID testing not only helps DPH control and mitigate infection, but it also provides valuable information about variants when positive test results are sequenced.

To find a vaccination location or to schedule an appointment, log on to dph.ga.gov/covid-vaccine or visit myvaccinegeorgia.com to schedule an appointment at a GEMA mass vaccination site.

Important note: Pfizer is the only COVID vaccine approved for teens 16 and 17 years old. Please schedule an appointment at CVS or Walgreens or at one of the GEMA mass vaccination sites to ensure Pfizer vaccine is available.

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

Register for an appointment online at gta-vras.powerappsportals.us or call 1-888-457-0186. 

Appts Available Online and by PhoneEveryone 12 and older is eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine. Only Pfizer is authorized for children 12 through 17 with parental consent. No appointment is needed at any county health department in Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens or Whitfield County. For health department locations, go HERE to our homepage and click on your county listed on that page at right.

North GA – No Appointment is needed for COVID-19 Vaccination in the North Georgia Health District at Public Health Departments in Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens and Whitfield counties. There is NO Cost to clients, regardless of healthcare coverage. No Identification is required.

Over 160,000 COVID-19 vaccinations have been provided by public health in the North Georgia Health District and the county health departments continue to urge residents to get vaccinated against COVID-19 right away.

Anyone with questions about COVID-19 vaccine may go here on our website to Questions About COVID-19 Vaccine?  or may call the GA COVID-19 Hotline at (888) 357-0169.