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Who can get the vaccines
The area is in Phase1A+ of the vaccine rollout plan, as of Jan. 12. Vaccines became available to adults 65 and older and emergency personnel as of Jan. 11. Vaccinations for health care workers began in December. Here's how Georgia compares to the rest of the country in the number of vaccines distributed and administered, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
The vaccine phases include the following, according to the Department of Public Health.
Phase 1A+: Health care workers; long-term care facility workers and residents; adults 65 and older and their caregivers; law enforcement, fire personnel, dispatchers and 911 operators
Phase 1B: Essential workers, which has not yet been clearly defined by the state
Phase 1C: People 16-64 with medical conditions that increase their risk
Where to get vaccines
Demand for vaccines has been high and appointments often fill up quickly. Registration may be available at the following sites, depending on availability of the vaccine. Health officials recommend residents continue checking frequently:
- Longstreet Clinic
- MedLink: 770-287-0290
- Northeast Georgia Health System
The Department of Public Health also has a list of COVID vaccination sites.
How the vaccine works
The COVID-19 vaccine uses mRNA technology that essentially provides the body instructions to build a spike protein of the coronavirus, which then triggers the body’s immune response, according to the Centers for Disease Control, which has more information at its website.
COVID-19 in Hall County
Cases in Hall County and being treated at NGHS have remained high in January, hitting records and straining staff. Get the daily updated data.