The Northeast Health District opened an appointment-based Through COVID-19 vaccination and testing site Tuesday at 355 Onetta St., according to a press release from the Georgia Department of Public Health.
Georgia has started giving COVID-19 vaccines to people 65 and older and first responders. The vaccine is already available to health care workers and long-term care facility residents.
The new drive-through vaccination site was opened to keep up with demand according to release. While previously there were drive-through test sites at Mitchell Bridge Road and Winterville Center for Community and Culture in Athens, both have been closed.
Those characters are required to make an appointment online or over the phone. Preference is given to people living or working in the Northeast Health District – including Barrow, Clark, Albert, Green, Jackson, Madison, Morgan, Oconee, Olethorpe and Walton counties. Vaccines and tests are free at the venue.
The two vaccines available from Modern and Pfizer have demonstrated a number of potential side effects, including temporary hand soreness, fatigue, headaches, muscle and joint pain, and fever. Vaccines would be given in two doses at intervals of several weeks, and clinical trials had 94–95% effectiveness.
Despite the availability of the vaccine, the District Health Director, Drs. Stephen Gogans warned in the release that supplies are limited, and urged people to continue wearing masks in public and practice socializing away despite the vaccine being rolled out.
Correction: dr. Stephen Gogans’s name was misspelled in a previous version of this article. The Red and Black regret this error, and it has since settled.