Booster dose approval, mass vaccination centers in District 2 to reopen

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GAINESVILLE – Booster vaccine doses for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine have been approved for specific groups of fully vaccinated individuals.  Although the booster dose is not required, it will help fully vaccinated people maintain protection over the coming months.

It is important to note, COVID-19 vaccines are working well to prevent severe illness, hospitalization, and death, but with the introduction of the Delta variant, public health experts noticed a reduction of protections against mild and moderate disease.

Booster vaccine doses are approved for the following groups of people who received their second Pfizer vaccine at least 6 months ago:  Recommendations will only apply to individuals who received the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for their primary series

  • 65 years and older
  • Residents of long-term care facilities
  • 18 and older with underlying medical conditions that put a person at high-risk
  • 18 and older who have an occupational or institutional exposure risk

The approval is for the Pfizer vaccine ONLY.  Moderna and Johnson and Johnson (J&J) vaccines have not been approved for additional booster doses, right now there is not enough data to support a booster dose recommendation. Both Moderna and J&J are expected to submit data to the FDA in support of booster doses in the coming weeks.

District 2 Public Health and Northeast Georgia Health System want to provide the community an opportunity to be vaccinated with ease and remind the community it is important to get fully vaccinated to keep our communities safe and to stop the spread of COVID-19.  District 2 will re-open mass vaccination sites in most of its 13 counties as of September 27.

The following counties will begin administering all doses of the Pfizer vaccine and will have first dose Moderna and J&J vaccines available upon request on September 27:

All Health Departments will be vaccinating every other Saturday.  Hall and Forsyth health departments will be vaccinating every Saturday starting October 2.  Check with your local health department for Saturday hours and location.

  • Banks County – City of Homer Fire Department – 243 Sycamore St., Homer, GA 30547

Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Tuesday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

  • Dawson County – Fire Station #2 – 8388 Hwy 53, Dawsonville, GA 30534

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

  • Franklin County – Franklin Co. Recreation Department – 557 Rocky Ford Rd., Carnesville, GA 30531

Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

  • Forsyth County – Northside Forsyth Hospital – 1800 Northside Forsyth Dr. suite 360, Cumming, GA 30041

Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Saturday – 8:30 am to 12:00 pm (at the Forsyth Co. Health Department, October 2)

  • Habersham County – Cornelia First Presbyterian – 469 N. Main St. Cornelia GA, 30531

Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

  • Hall County – Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center – 1855 Calvary Church Rd., Gainesville, GA 30507

Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Saturday – 8:30am to 12:00pm (Starts on October 2)

  • Hart County – Flat Shoals Baptist Church – 2999 Bowersville Hwy, Bowersville, GA 30516

Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Tuesday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

  • Towns County – Towns County Recreations Department – 150 Foster Park Rd. Hiawassee, GA 30512

Monday and Wednesday 1:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. and Tuesday 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

  • White County – The Bridge Church – 607 Hulsey Rd. Cleveland, GA 30528

Monday 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and Tuesday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Lumpkin, Rabun, and Union Counties will continue offering COVID vaccines at the health departments until demand requires a move to a larger location.

Appointments are not required. If an individual prefers to schedule an appointment, they may do so using the VRAS scheduling system via the District 2 Public Health website.  Hours of operation and locations may change due to demand. Reference the schedule of locations and hours posted on the public health website to ensure the vaccine site in your county is operational.

For more information on the COVID-19 booster dose visit the CDC website to learn more.

COVID-19 vaccine moving off-site at some health department locations

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GAINESVILLE – In anticipation of the upcoming flu season and to prepare for the approval of the COVID-19 booster dose for the general population, District 2 Health Departments will be re-opening some of its off-site COVID-19 mass vaccination sites.

Approval for the booster dose is still pending; however, starting Monday, September 20, Forsyth and Hall County will move to their designated off-site locations to begin administering Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines.  The district will not administer booster doses until approval and guidance is granted by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and FDA.

The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) will await recommendations from the CDC and ACIP before releasing a plan to administer booster doses of Pfizer COVID vaccine in Georgia. The FDA’s discussion and review of data about the need for COVID vaccine boosters is a first step in the process; the same questions will be considered by ACIP during meetings currently scheduled for Sept. 22-23. When CDC/ACIP provide recommendations and guidelines for booster shots, DPH has the inventory to quickly ramp up access to Pfizer COVID vaccine statewide.

“We anticipate an increase in traffic in our health departments with the administration of both the COVID booster dose and flu vaccine,” said Dr. Zachary Taylor, District 2 Public Health Director. “By moving our COVID-19 operation off-site, we will alleviate the influx of people inside our waiting rooms.”

Forsyth County Health Department will operate its COVID-19 mass vaccination site at Northside Forsyth Hospital, Suite 360, located at 1200 Northside Forsyth Dr. Cumming, GA 30041.

Hall County will operate its mass vaccine site from the Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center, located at 1855 Calvary Church Rd., Gainesville, GA 30507.

The hours of operation for both sites are Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm and Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Appointments are not required. If an individual prefers to schedule an appointment, they may do so using the VRAS scheduling system via the District 2 Public Health website.  Hours of operation and locations may change due to demand. Reference the schedule of locations and hours posted on the public health website to ensure the vaccine site in your county is operational.

For more information on the COVID-19 booster dose visit the CDC website to learn more.

Hall County Health Department providing vaccines on Labor Day

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HALL COUNTY – Labor Day weekend will look a little different this year due to an increased need to be vaccinated due to the Delta surge.  Hall County Health Department will be working on Labor Day to vaccinate the community.

On Friday, September 3, Governor Kemp is providing paid time off for state employees to receive their COVID-19 vaccines.  For this reason, District 2 Public Health Departments will remain open from 8:00 am until 12:00 pm to vaccinate all state employees and the public.

On Monday, September 6, Hall County Health Department will be providing COVID-19 vaccinations and gas gift cards in the amount of fifty dollars for the first 100 Georgia residents, 18 years and older, that wish to receive their vaccine.  The health department will be vaccinating from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. They will be closed for lunch from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm.

As Labor Day approaches, it is as important as ever to avoid crowds, wear a mask, wash your hands, and watch your distance. If you have not gotten a COVID-19 vaccine this is the weekend to get vaccinated.

To find more information regarding COVID-19 for your county, please visit phdistrict2.org.

District Two Cases by County

Banks

Cases (last 2 weeks): 137

Cases Per 100k (last 2 weeks):  686

Positive PCR Tests (last 2 weeks): 20.4%

Vaccines Administered:  9, 788

One Dose:  5,452(29% of residents)

Fully:  4,626 (25% of residents

Deaths (Duration of COVID):  44

Overall Hospitalizations  (March 2020-Aug 31) :  234

 

Dawson

Cases (last 2 weeks): 375

Cases (last 2 weeks) Per 100k: 1388

Positive PCR Tests (last 2 weeks):  23.1%

Vaccines Administered:  17,662

One Dose:  9, 596 (39% of residents)

Fully:  8,423 (34% of residents)

Deaths (Duration of COVID):  49

Overall Hospitalizations  (March 2020-Aug 31) :  276

 

Forsyth

Cases (last 2 weeks): 1,918

Cases (last 2 weeks) Per 100k: 760

Positive PCR Tests (last 2 weeks):  17.6%

Vaccines Administered:  236,504

One Dose:  125,601 (55% of residents)

Fully:  113,488 (50% of residents)

Deaths (Duration of COVID):  206

Overall Hospitalizations  (March 2020-Aug 30) :  1,096

 

Franklin

Cases (last 2 weeks): 162

Cases (last 2 weeks) Per 100k: 694

Positive PCR Tests (last 2 weeks):  20.8%

Vaccines Administered:  14,552

One Dose:  8,086 (36% of residents)

Fully:  6,916 (30% of residents)

Deaths (Duration of COVID):  50

Overall Hospitalizations  (March 2020-Aug 30) :  190

 

Habersham

Cases (last 2 weeks): 300

Cases (last 2 weeks) Per 100k: 655

Positive PCR Tests (last 2 weeks):  19.0%

Vaccines Administered:  31,352

One Dose:  17,448 (39% of residents)

Fully:  14,869 (33% of residents)

Deaths (Duration of COVID):  160

Overall Hospitalizations  (March 2020-Aug 30) :  528

 

Hall

Cases (last 2 weeks): 1555

Cases (last 2 weeks) Per 100k: 754

Positive PCR Tests (last 2 weeks):  18.3%

Vaccines Administered:  160,642

One Dose:  87,756 (44% of residents)

Fully:  76,519 (39% of residents)

Deaths (Duration of COVID):  487

Overall Hospitalizations:  2,742

 

Hart

Cases (last 2 weeks): 126

Cases (last 2 weeks) Per 100k: 483

Positive PCR Tests (last 2 weeks):  18.1%

Vaccines Administered:  17,449

One Dose:  9,502 (37% of residents)

Fully:  8,314 (32% of residents)

Deaths (Duration of COVID):  40

Overall Hospitalizations (March 2020 -August 2021):  142

 

Lumpkin

Cases (last 2 weeks): 370

Cases (last 2 weeks) Per 100k: 1,095

Positive PCR Tests (last 2 weeks):  18.1%

Vaccines Administered:  20,990

One Dose:  11439 (35% of residents)

Fully:  10,011 (31% of residents)

Deaths (Duration of COVID):  73

Overall Hospitalizations (March 2020 -August 2021):  353

 

Rabun

Cases (last 2 weeks): 63

Cases (last 2 weeks) Per 100k: 371

Positive PCR Tests (last 2 weeks):  14.9%

Vaccines Administered:  14,613

One Dose:  7,750 (47% of residents)

Fully:  6,906 (41% of residents)

Deaths (Duration of COVID):  45

Overall Hospitalizations (March 2020 -August 2021):  174

 

Stephens

Cases (last 2 weeks): 253

Cases (last 2 weeks) Per 100k: 961

Positive PCR Tests (last 2 weeks):  27.8%

Vaccines Administered:  18,592

One Dose:  10,099 (39% of residents)

Fully:  8,687 (34% of residents)

Deaths (Duration of COVID):  80

Overall Hospitalizations (March 2020 -August 2021):  280

 

Towns

Cases (last 2 weeks): 103

Cases (last 2 weeks) Per 100k: 856

Positive PCR Tests (last 2 weeks):  26.2%

Vaccines Administered: 11,159

One Dose:  5,883 (51% of residents)

Fully:  5,343 (46% of residents)

Deaths (Duration of COVID):  52

Overall Hospitalizations (March 2020 -August 2021):  167

 

Union

Cases (last 2 weeks): 253

Cases (last 2 weeks) Per 100k: 999

Positive PCR Tests (last 2 weeks):  33.6%

Vaccines Administered:  20, 586

One Dose:  11,011 (47% of residents)

Fully:  9,962 (43% of residents)

Deaths (Duration of COVID):  83

Overall Hospitalizations (March 2020 -August 2021):  274

 

White

Cases (last 2 weeks): 339

Cases (last 2 weeks) Per 100k: 1,067

Positive PCR Tests (last 2 weeks):  24.5%

Vaccines Administered:  19,565

One Dose:  10,640 (36% of residents)

Fully:  9,334 (32% of residents)

Deaths (Duration of COVID):  76

Overall Hospitalizations (March 2020 -August 2021):  343

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