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North GA — Location changes are underway for some of the public health COVID-19 vaccination clinics in the North Georgia Health District, each of which is operating indoors.

These changes will allow more people to be vaccinated, so that as additional vaccine becomes available, health department staff will be in position to vaccinate larger numbers of people.

*To receive a vaccination at one of these clinics, you MUST First have registered for an appointment. More appointments will be scheduled when more vaccine is available (please see below).

As of Monday, February 1, public health COVID-19 vaccination operations will be as follows in these North Georgia counties:

Cherokee County:      Canton First Baptist Church, 1 Mission Point, Canton, GA 30114

                                     Mon.–Fri., 8 AM–3 PM


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

                                    Mon.–Thurs., 9 AM–12 PM & 1 PM–3:30 PM, and Fri., 9 AM–12 PM

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

                                    Mon., Wed., Thurs., 9 AM–12 PM & 1 PM–3:30 PM,

                                   Tues., 9 AM–12 PM & 1 PM–5:30 PM, and Fri., 9 AM–12 PM

Murray County:         Murray County Parks and Recreation Department, 651 Hyden Tyler Road, Chatsworth, GA 30705

                                    Mon.–Thurs., 9 AM–12 PM & 1 PM–3 PM, and Fri., 9 AM–12 PM

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

                                    Mon.–Thurs., 8 AM–12 PM & 1 PM–3 PM, and Fri., 8 AM–12 PM

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

                                    Mon., Wed., Thurs., 8 AM–3:30 PM, Tues., 8 AM–5:30 PM, and Fri., 8 AM–12 PM

Canton, GA — The Cherokee County Health Department COVID-19 vaccination clinic will move to Canton First Baptist Church next week.

The department will begin operating the clinic at the church, located at 1 Mission Point in Canton, starting next Monday, February 1, from 8 AM to 3:30 PM each Monday through Friday.

The new location will replace the COVID-19 vaccination clinic currently located at the health department’s Woodstock health center. The vaccine will still be offered at no out-of-pocket expense at the new location. Insurance will be billed, but only if it is available. There will be no expense to any client. Anyone who does not have insurance will not be billed for the vaccination.

UPDATE Thurs., Mar. 25: COVID-19 Testing at MAKO Medical sites in Dalton and Woodstock had to close early today due to weather but will reopen tomorrow at 8 AM. Learn more about Free Testing and how to register below.

North GA — As public health departments in Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens and Whitfield counties complete the shift from COVID-19 testing to COVID-19 vaccine distribution, MAKO Medical is contracted to provide *Free COVID-19 Drive-thru Testing in the North Georgia Health District, beginning Monday, January 25.

MAKO Medical COVID-19 TESTING site locations and operating times will be as follows:

Woodstock First Baptist Church
11905 Highway 92, Woodstock, GA 30188
(Please enter via Trickum Rd/Gunnin Rd entrance)
Starts 1/25: Mon – Fri, 8 AM – 3 PM

and at

Edwards Park
115 Edwards Park Entrance, Dalton, GA 30721
Starts 1/27: Mon – Fri, 8 AM – 3 PM


TTest Results QR Code 300he test is a nasal swab test to determine the presence of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Testing results will be available within 48 hours. This is not an antigen or antibody test.


*Insurance will be accepted, if available.

For more information about COVID-19 in North Georgia, log onto our website at

*ALL Georgians age 12 and older are Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine. **Pfizer is the only vaccine authorized for children 12 and older and they must have parental consent to be vaccinated.
Walk in to a Public Health COVID-19 Clinic in North Georgia, or register for an appointment or by calling 1-888-457-0186.


North GA — Following the first round of COVID-19 vaccines we administered beginning last December tobigstock Doctor drawing up Covid vac 368578954 large 580x387 thousands of healthcare workers, medical first responders, and long-term care facility residents and staff in North Georgia, the North Georgia Health District (1-2) expanded its vaccination program to reach more and more members of the community. Now, over 100,000 residents have been vaccinated at COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics operated by public health departments in Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens and Whitfield counties.

*Georgia Eligibility is open for everyone 12 years of age and older for the COVID vaccine.

Note: Pfizer is the only COVID vaccine currently approved for children ages 12 through 17.**

**Pfizer COVID vaccine is offered when available at some of our county health departments' COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics; however, it is most reliably available at our COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics in Cherokee, Pickens and Whitfield counties.

Everyone who is eligible for the vaccine may walk in without an appointment to a public health COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens or Whitfield county, or they may register for a COVID-19 vaccination appointment at or call 1-888-457-0186.

“Since we began our COVID-19 vaccination campaign in this health district on December 18th, our county health departments have vaccinated some of the most critically vulnerable people in our communities,” said Zachary Taylor, M.D., M.S., interim health director of the North Georgia Health District, based in Dalton. “Now we want to rapidly and effectively administer COVID-19 vaccine to even more members of our community.”

At present, health departments in Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens and Whitfield counties have responded to an overwhelming demand to provide over 160,000 COVID-19 vaccinations (Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna) to residents. Residents may also wish to see if their private physician is a COVID-19 vaccine provider.

To find additional COVID-19 Vaccine information and other locations where the vaccine is available in Georgia, go to the Georgia Department of Public Health website at

Focus to Shift from Testing to Vaccinating

COVID Testing North GA 2NORTH GA– In response to the upcoming expansion of eligibility for COVID-19 vaccination in Georgia, county health departments in North Georgia Health District 1-2 will transition their focus from COVID-19 testing to meeting an increased demand for COVID-19 vaccinations.

Beginning January 11, testing will be offered at health departments in Fannin, Gilmer, Murray and Pickens counties Monday through Friday between 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM for symptomatic first responders, school employees and court staff. In Cherokee and Whitfield counties, COVID-19 testing will continue to be provided to anyone who needs it Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 11 AM, but by appointment only. To make an appointment for testing in Cherokee and Whitfield counties, call 1-888-881-1474.

This change will help meet the need to provide vaccines to a much larger portion of residents during the COVID-19 vaccination phases identified by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Residents should monitor the North Georgia Health District website at for further updates and announcements regarding COVID-19 testing in North Georgia.

Beginning January 11, adults 65 years of age and older will be included among those who are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Phase 1-A (refer to phases below), based on vaccine availability. Please watch for announcements containing instructions on where and how to get vaccinated on our here on our website, our social media pages on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and in the local media.

Learn more about COVID-19 vaccine in Georgia at

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Georgia is currently in Phase 1: Limited COVID-19 Vaccine Availability

Phase 1-A

Phase 1-A includes (*as of the date of this press release) paid and unpaid persons serving in a healthcare setting who have the potential for direct or indirect exposure to patients or infectious materials. Hospital staff, public health clinical staff, EMS, and other first responders, long term care facility (LTCF) staff, and urgent care facility staff are examples of people who will be included in this phase.

Additional examples include:

  • Staff in clinical settings (e.g., physicians, nurses, pharmacists, EMS, laboratory staff, environmental services, LTCF staff etc.)
  • LTCF Residents
Georgia Vaccine Plan

Follow the plan for distribution and administration of the COVID-19 vaccine in Georgia.

COVID-19 Vaccine Plan (1.24 MB)

*Beginning January 11, all adults 65 years of age and older, law enforcement and fire personnel.

Phase 1-B

Phase 1-B will include other essential workers and people at higher risk of severe COVID-19 illness.

Examples of people that will be included in this Phase are listed below:

  • Critical workforce employees (e.g., pharmacy staff, educational faculty and staff, correctional facility staff, court employees, food processors, grocery store workers, transportation staff, nuclear power plant employees, air traffic controllers, etc.) 
Phase 1-C

Phase 1-C will include people at higher risk of severe COVID-19 illness, not vaccinated during Phase 1-A or Phase 1-B.

Examples of this population include:

  • Other essential workers
  • Adults below age 65 with significant comorbidities