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- A new mass vaccination site has opened on the University of North Georgia's Gainesville campus.
- All Georgians 16 and older eligible for COVID-19 vaccine starting March 25
- The Department of Public Health has a new online registration tool for making vaccination appointments.
- The Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce hosted a virtual event to discuss vaccines and other COVID-19 issues. Here are a few takeaways from that event.
Who can get the vaccines
Vaccines are available to those 16 and older beginning Thursday, March 25. They became available to adults 55 and older and those with certain medical conditions as of March 10. 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.
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:
- Citizens Pharmacy, Flowery Branch
- Department of Public Health
- Longstreet Clinic
- McElveen's Pharmacy, Gainesvile: firstname.lastname@example.org
- MedLink: 770-287-0290
- Northeast Georgia Health System
- Riverside Pharmacy, Gainesville: 770-532-6253
- University of North Georgia mass vaccination site coming April 6
The Department of Public Health also has a list of COVID vaccination sites. Northeast Georgia Health System recommends people check with their primary care physician about availability and whether they can get on a wait list.
How many have been vaccinated
As of March 22, the Department of Public Health reports these vaccination numbers for Hall County:
- First doses: 46,675
- Second doses: 27,728
That's a per capita rate of 37,451, compared to the state's rate of 30,826 per 100,000 residents.
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 dropped to lows not seen since last summer. Get the daily updated data.