Vaccines are available to those 16 and older beginning. They became available to adults 55 and older and those with certain medical conditions as of March 10. Vaccinations for health care workers began in December. Here’s how Georgia compares to the rest of the country in the number of vaccines distributed and administered, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
Where to get vaccines
Demand for vaccines has been high and appointments often fill up quickly. Registration may be available at the following sites, depending on availability of the vaccine. Health officials recommend residents continue checking frequently:
- Citizens Pharmacy, Flowery Branch
- Department of Public Health
- Longstreet Clinic
- McElveen’s Pharmacy, Gainesvile: [email protected]
- MedLink: 770-287-0290
- Northeast Georgia Health System
- Riverside Pharmacy, Gainesville: 770-532-6253
- University of North Georgia mass vaccination site coming April 6
The Department of Public Health also has a list of COVID vaccination sites. Northeast Georgia Health System recommends people check with their primary care physician about availability and whether they can get on a wait list.
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.