GEORGIA – Additional pharmacies in Hall County have been allocated COVID-19 vaccines, according to a list from the Department of Public Health. Here’s how those doses are being distributed.
- Kroger: 100 doses each at three Kroger pharmacies
- Ingles: 200
- Lawrence Pharmacy: 100
- Publix: 100 each at four pharmacies and 300 at one
- Longstreet Clinic: 300
Who can get the vaccines
The area is in Phase1A+ of the vaccine rollout plan, as of Jan. 12. Vaccines became available to adults 65 and older and emergency personnel as of Jan. 11. Vaccinations for health care workers began in December.
The phases include the following, according to the Department of Public Health.
- Phase 1A+: Health care workers; long-term care facility workers and residents; adults 65 and older and their caregivers; law enforcement, fire personnel, dispatchers and 911 operators
- Phase 1B: Essential workers, which has not yet been clearly defined by the state
- Phase 1C: People 16-64 with medical conditions that increase their risk
Where to get vaccines
Demand for vaccines has been high and appointments often fill up quickly. Registration pages are available at the following sites but registration may be full. Health officials recommend residents continue checking the sites frequently:
- Northeast Georgia Health System
- Department of Public Health
How the vaccine works
The COVID-19 vaccine uses mRNA technology that essentially provides the body instructions to build a spike protein of the coronavirus, which then triggers the body’s immune response, according to the Centers for Disease Control, which has more information at its website.
COVID-19 in Hall County
Cases in Hall County and being treated at NGHS have remained high in January, hitting records and straining staff.