North GA — Following the first round of COVID-19 vaccines administered to over 1,900 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 members of the community.
Governor Brian Kemp and Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) Commissioner Kathleen Toomey, M.D., M.P.H., announced plans on December 30, 2020 to add adults aged 65 and older, law enforcement officers, firefighters and first responders to the current group of individuals eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccination. Healthcare workers and residents of long-term care facilities and their staff were already in this highest priority group.
As of Monday, January 11, 2021, COVID-19 vaccinations are available to these groups of individuals during the expanded Phase 1-A of the Georgia COVID-19 Vaccination Plan:
- Staff in clinical settings (e.g., physicians, nurses, pharmacists, EMS, laboratory staff, environmental services).
- Residents and staff at long-term care facilities who have been unable to get vaccinated.
- All adults 65 years of age or older and their essential caregivers, and law enforcement and fire personnel.
“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 several thousand COVID-19 vaccinations (Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna) to residents. However, due to this high demand, our vaccination appointment schedules are currently at full capacity. We apologize for this inconvenience, but all our current vaccine stock is committed to existing appointments. We urge residents who are eligible for the vaccine but have not yet registered for an appointment to monitor our website and social media pages on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates as additional appointment times become available. All existing appointments are still valid.
To find additional COVID-19 Vaccination Sites in the area, go to the Georgia Department of Public Health website at https://dph.georgia.gov/covid-vaccine. Residents may also wish to see if their private physician is a COVID-19 vaccine provider.
Information about Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine can be found on the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/different-vaccines/Pfizer-BioNTech.html.
Information about Moderna COVID-19 vaccine can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/different-vaccines/Moderna.html