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When and where to get COVID-19 vaccines in Northeast Georgia
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Northeast Georgia Health System holds their first COVID-19 vaccine clinic Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, NGHS Corporate Plaza for those 65 and older. - photo by Scott Rogers

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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:

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.

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