Health department announces changes COVID-19 vaccination schedule changes

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GAINESVILLE – Several District 2 Public Health Departments are adjusting their Covid-19 vaccination schedules. This will allow the county health departments to continue vaccinations and expand hours for other health department services.

Changes to vaccination schedules – start date, location, and days for vaccination:

Union County

Will move to the health department, 67 Chase Dr., Blairsville, on April 26. This week vaccinations will be available Monday to Friday. However, beginning on May 4, vaccinations will be available on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday only. Walk-ins will be accepted from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. The clinic will close for lunch from 12:30 pm to 1:00 pm.

Towns County

Moved back to the health department, 1104 Jack Dayton Cir., Hiawassee on April 19. Vaccination are being administered on Wednesday only. Walk-ins will be accepted from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. The clinic will close for lunch from 12:30 pm to 1:00 pm.

Banks County

Will remain at Grove Level Church, 1702 Grove Level Rd, Maysville. However, beginning May 10, the clinic will only operate on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. Walk-in will be accepted from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. The clinic will close from 12:30 pm to 1:00 pm for lunch.

Franklin County

Will remain at the Franklin County Recreation Center, 557 Rocky Ford Rd., Carnesville. Beginning May 3, the clinic will only operate on Monday and Tuesday. Walk-ins will be accepted from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. The clinic will close for lunch from 12:30 pm to 1:00 pm.

Habersham County

Will remain at Ruby Fulbright Center, 120 Paul Franklin Rd, Clarkesville through May 7. Beginning May 3, the clinic will operate only on Monday and Thursday. Then, on May 10, the clinic will move back to the health department at 185 Scoggins Dr., Demorest. After the move to the health department, the clinic will operate on Wednesday only. Walk-ins will be accepted from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. The clinic will close for lunch from 12:30 pm to 1:00 pm.

Hart County

Will remain at Flat Shoals Church, 2999 Bowersville Hwy, Bowersville. Beginning May 3, the clinic will operate only on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Walk-ins will be accepted from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. on Tuesday and Thursday and on Friday from 9:00 am to 10:00 am. The clinic will close for lunch from 12:30 pm to 1:00 pm. On Friday, the clinic will close at 12:00 pm.

Rabun County

Moved back to the health department (upper level), 184 S. Main St., Clayton on April 19. Vaccinations are available on Tuesday and Thursday. Walk-ins will be accepted from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. The clinic will close for lunch from 12:30 pm to 1:00 pm.

Stephens County

Stephens County will continue at St. Matthias Church, 995 E. Tugalo St., Toccoa. Beginning May 3, vaccination will be available on Tuesday and Thursday only. Walk-ins will be accepted from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. The clinic will close for lunch from 12:30 pm to 1:00 pm.

White County

Will move back to the health department, 1331 Helen Hwy, Cleveland, on May 3. Vaccinations will then be available on Tuesday only. Walk-ins will be accepted from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. The clinic will close for lunch from 12:30 pm to 1:00 pm.

Appointments are still recommended and can be made by calling 1-888-426-5073 or online at https://gta-vras.powerappsportals.us

No Change to vaccination schedules:

Dawson County         Veteran’s Park, 186 Recreation Drive, Dawsonville          Monday – Friday

Forsyth County          Cumming Fairground, 235 Castleberry Rd, Cumming       Monday – Friday

Hall County                UNG – Gainesville, 3280 Mundy Mill Rd., Oakwood           Monday – Friday

Lumpkin County        Senior Center, 266 Mechanicsville Rd., Dahlonega Monday – Friday

 

 

District 2 Health Department outlines how to register for the COVID-19 vaccine

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Vaccine District 2

GAINESVILLE, Ga – Public Health Department District 2 provided instructions for those who are now eligible to sign up to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Last week, Governor Brian Kemp and DPH Director Kathleen Toomey added adults aged 65 and older, law enforcement officers, firefighters, and first responders to the current group of individuals eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccination in Phase 1-A.

Sign up online at www.phdistrict2.org

To provide the vaccine in a safe environment, they ask everyone to follow these steps.

  1. Vaccines are for residents who live or work in the counties that comprise District 2
  2. Vaccines will be given by appointment ONLY – Walk-ins will not be accepted
  3. They will limit the number of people in enclosed spaces by observing recommended social distances to prevent the spread of illness
  4. Come to the appointment as close to the allotted time as possible to reduce the number of people in the waiting area (patients may be asked to wait outside or in their car if  too early)
  5. If patients have insurance, please bring your card. Insurance will help pay to offset the cost of administering the vaccine.
  6. There will be no cost to anyone to get vaccinated.
  7. People should plan to remain for post-vaccination observation for up to 30-minutes
  8. Prior to vaccination, a review of product-specific safety information and consent will be required
  9. Both Moderna and Pfizer vaccine require two-doses – appointments are required for both doses
  10. Please understand patients will receive the vaccine that is available (Pfizer or Moderna)

A call center number will be available on Monday, January 11 for those who do not have access to online registration.

District 2 serves Banks, Dawson, Forsyth, Franklin, Habersham, Hall, Habersham, Lumpkin, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union, and White.

Residents of these counties can register for the vaccine from District 2.

Image courtesy of Lisa Ferdinando from the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

 

District 2 Public Health announces new hours of operation

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District 2 hours of operation testing guidelines vaccinations

GAINESVILLE, GA – District 2 Public Health announces new hours of operation for all 13 county health departments. The new hours will offer health department services until 7:00 pm every Tuesday. These extended hours will add convenience for individuals whose schedules may not allow them to come to the health department during the 8:00 am to 5:00 pm schedule. The change will go into effect on November 30.

                The new hours of operations are:

                Monday, Wednesday, Thursday                         8:00 am to 12:30 pm; 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

                Tuesday                                                                            8:00 am to 12:30 pm; 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm

                Friday                                                                                 8:00 am to 12:00 pm

Environmental Health Offices and the District Office will keep their current operating hours, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, except for, Union and White Counties.

Union County Environmental Health        Monday – Friday       7:30 am to 12:00 pm

                                                                                                                   1:00 pm to 4:30 pm

White County Environmental Health       Monday – Thursday        8:00 am to 12:00 pm

                                                                                                                         1:00 pm to 5:30 pm

                                                                           Friday                                    8:00 am to 12:00 pm

                                                                                                                           1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

DPH Release – Expanded Testing For COVID-19 In Georgia

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Revised Testing Criteria and Increased Number of Test Sites

Atlanta – The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is increasing the number of specimen
collection sites statewide for COVID-19 testing, and is revising the current testing criteria to
accommodate more testing of Georgia residents.

Effective immediately, all symptomatic individuals will be eligible for COVID-19 testing. Health
care workers, first responders, law enforcement and long-term care facility residents and staff will
still be prioritized for testing regardless of whether they are or are not symptomatic.
Referrals are still required, however, there are now two ways to be referred to a DPH specimen
collection site:

Local Health Department –
Individuals who meet COVID-19 testing criteria may now be referred to DPH specimen collection
sites by contacting their local health department. They will be screened by appropriate health
department staff and referred to the closest, most convenient specimen collection site.

Contact information for local health departments can be found on the DPH homepage, under COVID-19 in Georgia.

Health Care Provider Referral –
Health care providers and/or physicians can and should continue to refer patients for COVID-19
testing.

People should not arrive unannounced or without a scheduled appointment at a specimen
collection site, hospital, emergency room or other health care facility. Only individuals who have
been evaluated by public health or a health care provider and assigned a PUI # number will
be referred to these drive-thru sites.

Together we can stop further spread of COVID-19 in our state and save lives.

Stay home – the Governor has issued a shelter-in-place Executive Order that should be observed
by all residents and visitors.

Practice social distancing – keep at least 6 feet between yourself and other people.

Wash your hands – use soap and water and scrub for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based
hand sanitizer (60% alcohol) if soap and water aren’t readily available.
Wear a mask – the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend the use of face
masks to help slow the spread of COVID-19, especially where socials distancing is difficult to
maintain (grocery stores, pharmacies, etc.), and especially in areas of significant community-
based transmission.

For more information about COVID-19 Click here or
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For updates on the COVID-19 situation as it develops, follow @GaDPH, @GeorgiaEMA, and
@GovKemp on Twitter and @GaDPH, @GEMA.OHS, and @GovKemp on Facebook.

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