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Mass vaccination site opens in Albany

The Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency has opened four Mass Vaccination Sites for COVID-19 – one each in Abany, Macon, Hapeville and Clarksville. The drive-through sites have the capacity to vaccinate 1,100 people per day, per site for a total of 22,000 people a week between each of the four sites.

Vaccinations will be administered in Albany Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Georgia Forestry Site, located at 1150 West Oakridge Drive.

“GEMA/HS’ efforts are designed to address the vaccination needs of underserved populations that have been hardest hit by COVID-19,” said Chris Stallings, GEMA/HS Director. “The four sites selected all have surrounding populations with high percentages of minorities and individuals with incomes below the poverty line.”

Appointments are mandatory, and can be made by visiting https://MyVaccineGeorgia.com. Only individuals who meet the phase 1A+ guidelines are eligible for vaccination at this time. This phase includes healthcare workers, residents and staff of long-term care facilities, adults age 65+ and their caregivers, and first responders (law enforcement, fire personnel including volunteer fire departments, dispatchers and 9-1-1 operators).

“The GEMA/HS Mass Vaccination Sites will not accept walk-ups, and we are strictly adhering to the guidelines for who is eligible for vaccination,” said Stallings. “We highly encourage people to complete the registration process using a mobile device, which makes the intake process faster.”

Registrants who do not meet the eligibility criteria will not receive a vaccine. Only one appointment can be made per person. People that require special assistance can use the TTY number.

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