COVID vaccination now being scheduled for health care workers, first responders and those 65 and older

Following the recent announcement that people 65 and older and first responders will now be included in Phase 1A of Georgia’s COVID Vaccine Plan, Southwest Health District began making appointments this week. Healthcare workers and staff and residents of long-term care facilities are already in this highest priority group. The COVID vaccine is available by appointment at all 14 County Health Departments in the Southwest Georgia Health District.

On Monday, January 4, only those meeting criteria began scheduling their vaccine by calling their local public health department. On Tuesday, January 5, those who qualify began scheduling an appointment through the public health call center hotline at (229) 352-6567. The Phase 1A expansion (65 and older and first responders) vaccinations will start on January 11, but appointments can be made now.

“Different areas of the state are completing Phase 1A at different times based on the number of healthcare workers and LTCF residents and staff they have to vaccinate,” said Georgia Department of Public Health Commissioner Kathleen Toomey.

“This expansion of 1A eligible vaccination criteria will allow vaccine to be administered as quickly as possible to our most at-risk populations in terms of exposure, transmission and severity. It also gives healthcare providers and public health staff time to plan and work with local communities across the state to ensure safe and efficient deployment of limited vaccine supplies.” Those who want to be vaccinated against COVID but do not currently fit into phase 1A should stay tuned to media outlets for updates on COVID vaccine eligibility. 

For up-to-date information on the vaccine plan, visit the Southwest Health District website www.southwestgeorgiapublichealth.org.

For information about COVID-19, visit https://dph.georgia.gov/novelcoronavirus or https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

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