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The Coastal Health District of Georgia serves the counties of Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long & McIntosh

COVID-19


Local Healthcare Providers Offer COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics for Educators

Local healthcare providers in Chatham County are partnering to offer several mass vaccination clinics for educators and school staff. The clinics will be held in various locations throughout Chatham County the weekend of March 13-14. Details are being shared directly with educators and school staff through local public and private school administrators.

Participating providers include the Chatham County Health Department, Coastal Care Partners, Curtis V. Cooper Primary Health Care, Georgetown Drug Company, Hospice Savannah, J.C. Lewis Primary Healthcare, Memorial Health Dwaine & Cynthia Willett Children’s Hospital of Savannah (at GenerationOne location), Pooler Pharmacy, St. Josephs/Candler Health System, and the Coastal Health District.

“Our teachers and school employees play such a critical role in our local communities, and we need to offer vaccination opportunities that won’t disrupt instructional time,” said Dr. Lawton Davis, Health Director of the Coastal Health District. “This partnership among healthcare providers is a great example of a community response to a community-wide health emergency.”

All other Georgians eligible for vaccination can make an appointment with local healthcare providers during regular clinic hours. Appointments with the Coastal Health District can be scheduled online at chdcovidvax.org or by calling 912-230-5506 during business hours.

COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Offered March 10 at Howard Coffin Park in Brunswick

The Coastal Health District will hold a COVID-19 vaccination event on Wednesday, March 10th at Howard Coffin Park at 1402 Sonny Miller Way in Brunswick. Appointments will be available after hours to accommodate educators, school staff, childcare workers.

The clinic will be held from 10 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. by appointment. Appointments can be scheduled online at chdcovidvax.org or by phone at 912-230-5506.

According to the new phase of eligibility that begins in Georgia on March 8th, the following individuals will be eligible for vaccination at this clinic:

  • Educators and school staff in pre-K through 12th grade (public and private school),
  • Employees of early childcare facilities,
  • Adults with developmental or intellectual disabilities and their caregivers,
  • Parents of children with complex medical conditions,
  • Healthcare workers,
  • Emergency first responders,
  • Adults age 65 and older and their caregivers,
  • Staff and residents of long-term care facilities, and
  • Funeral home workers who come into direct contact with the deceased.

You must be a Georgia resident or employed in Georgia to be vaccinated, but you do not have to reside in Glynn County. The event is open to any qualifying Georgian. If you have health insurance, the policy will be billed, but there is no out-of-pocket cost for vaccination and insurance is not required.

The clinic will utilize Pfizer vaccine, and all who are vaccinated at this event will return in three weeks for the second shot in the two-dose series. Please remember to dress in short sleeves to facilitate vaccination. To avoid crowding at the event, please do not arrive early for your appointment.

Long County Health Department COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments Available

The Long County Health Department has open appointments for first dose COVID-19 vaccinations on Monday and Tuesday, March 1st and 2nd. Vaccine is currently available for residents in Phase 1a and Phase 1a+, including:

  • Adults age 65 and older
  • Caregivers of individuals age 65 and older. A caregiver is a person, paid or unpaid, who regularly provides assistance with tasks of daily living.
  • Emergency first responders
  • Healthcare workers
  • Residents and staff of long-term care facilities

Vaccinations are by appointment only and limited to Georgia residents, but residents can get vaccinated in any county in the state and are not limited to the county in which they live.

Appointments can be scheduled by going to chdcovidvax.org or calling 912-230-5506.

Health Department Accepting Appointments for March 6th COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic

MCINTOSH COUNTY, GA – The McIntosh County Health Department will hold a COVID-19 vaccination clinic from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 6th, at Todd Grant Elementary School on Devillars Road in Darien. Vaccinations are by appointment only and limited to Georgia residents in Phase 1a and Phase 1a+ which includes:

  • Adults age 65 and older
  • Caregivers of individuals age 65 and older. A caregiver is a person, paid or unpaid, who regularly provides assistance with tasks of daily living.
  • Emergency first responders
  • Healthcare workers
  • Residents and staff of long-term care facilities

“We’re hoping to reach a lot of residents in the current vaccination phase who haven’t been able to schedule an appointment yet,” said McIntosh County Nurse Manager, Brooke Deverger.

This vaccination clinic is for residents in need of a first vaccine dose only. Appointments can be scheduled by going to gachd.org/vaccine or calling 912-230-5506.

New COVID Vaccine Dashboard on DPH Website

Atlanta – The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is launching a new COVID vaccine dashboard on the DPH website https://dph.georgia.gov/. The dashboard provides a detailed, transparent picture of vaccination administration in Georgia.

As part of the transition to the new dashboard, you will see a one-time decrease in the number of vaccines administered. This slight decrease is the result of data cleaning and removal of duplicate vaccination entries, and overall quality control.  

The dashboard will update daily at 3 p.m. and now includes:

  • Number of vaccine doses that have been administered in Georgia and reported to the Georgia Registry for Immunization Transactions and Services (GRITS), broken out by first and second doses.
  • Number of vaccine doses administered by a Georgia provider per 100,000 residents, broken out by first and second doses.
  • Vaccine doses administered by county and by day.
  • Race and ethnicity data of vaccine recipients.
  • Total number ofvaccine doses that have been shipped to Georgia from the federal government’s allocation for the state.
  • The number of Georgia providers that have received vaccines from the federal allocation for Georgia.
  • Number of vaccine doses shipped to Georgia providers and the percent of those doses administered.

DPH will regularly review and update features of the dashboard to ensure data quality, accuracy, and transparency.

For updates on COVID-19, follow @GaDPH and @GovKemp on Twitter and @GaDPH and @GovKemp on Facebook.

For information about COVID-19, visit https://dph.georgia.gov/novelcoronavirus or https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

Coastal Health District Resumes Scheduling Appointments for COVID-19 Vaccine

An online portal is now available for scheduling a COVID-19 vaccine appointment through public health in the Coastal Health District. Appointments are available for Georgia residents in Phase 1a and Phase 1a+, which includes healthcare workers, emergency first responders, adults age 65 and older, and caregivers of adults age 65 and older.

The quickest way to schedule an appointment is through the online portal at chdcovidvax.org. However, residents who do not have online access or need assistance can schedule by phone at 912-230-5506. Telephone wait times may be long.

Individuals who registered for the District’s notification list were notified earlier today. Appointments are available on a first come, first served basis for qualifying individuals, and can be scheduled up to 8 days in advance, depending on vaccine availability. The scheduling system is for first dose appointments only. Second dose appointments are booked at the time the first dose is administered.

“We hope this system will provide easier access to appointments, but please understand the demand for vaccine still far outweighs the supply. I ask for continued patience as we move forward with our vaccination effort,” said Coastal Health District Health Director, Dr. Lawton Davis.

Other healthcare providers in our area are also offering vaccine. Additional information about vaccine and about vaccine providers can be found at covid19.gachd.org/vaccine.

Coastal Health District Shifts to Regional COVID-19 Testing Sites; Local Health Departments Increase COVID-19 Vaccination Program

Beginning February 1st, all COVID-19 testing services by the Coastal Health District will shift to two regional testing sites. All testing through public health will be offered in Chatham and Glynn Counties. Public Health will no longer offer COVID-19 testing in Bryan, Camden, Effingham, Liberty, Long, and McIntosh counties after this week.

In addition to public health sites, COVID-19 testing is also available through many private providers, pharmacies, urgent care centers, and health clinics.

“We have to shift our priorities to better meet the demand for COVID-19 vaccine,” said District Health Director, Dr. Lawton Davis. “As much as we’d like to do it all, our smaller counties don’t have the capacity to operate testing sites, give COVID-19 vaccines, and provide core public health services. Fortunately, there are several other resources available for testing outside of public health.”

Testing at the Glynn County Health Department is by appointment only. Testing at the Savannah Civic Center in Chatham County does not require an appointment, but you must pre-register.

The COVID-19 Testing Call Center Hours will also change. Starting Monday, February 1st, the Testing Call Center will be operational from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Friday.

For more information on COVID-19 testing or vaccine, go to covid19.gachd.org.

Chatham County Chairman and Two Commissioners Receive COVID-19 Vaccinations



Chatham County Chairman Chester A. Ellis and Commissioners Bobby Lockett and Tanya Milton received their COVID-19 vaccinations last week at the Chatham County Health Department. The Commissioners were eligible for the vaccination under Phase 1a+ of the Georgia COVID-19 Vaccination Plan.

“Commissioners Lockett and Milton and I have received our first COVID vaccination since we fell in the group of 65 and older. We did it as a Commission to send out the message to all of those who are skeptical about taking the vaccine,” said Chairman Ellis. “I encourage all of you that when your time comes, to get with your health provider, get with the health department to make an appointment. I need to take care of you. You need to take care of me. We need to take care of one another. Please get your vaccination.”

Coastal Health District Health Director, Dr. Lawton Davis, echoed that message.

“Actions definitely speak louder than words and I appreciate members of the Chatham County Commission taking that to heart and leading by example,” said Davis. “Getting vaccinated is just one tool we have against COVID-19, but it’s a very important one. We’re working to increase capacity to vaccinate more residents in Phase 1a+, and I would encourage all those 65 and older who fall into that category, to get vaccinated whenever and wherever it’s possible.”

Davis emphasized that taking other precautions will still be necessary even after getting vaccinated. Wearing a mask, washing hands frequently, practicing social distancing, and avoiding gatherings will help to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Volunteer for COVID-19 Vaccination Response

Atlanta – The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is receiving offers from medical professionals and other individuals looking for ways to help with the COVID-19 vaccination response. An effective response relies on volunteers who are pre-credentialed and organized. Georgia Responds is Georgia’s health and medical volunteer program which matches the skills and credentials of medical and nonmedical volunteers to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in Georgia.

Licensed medical volunteers including doctors, nurses, pharmacists and advanced EMS personnel (EMT Intermediate and above) may be used to administer vaccination. Nonmedical volunteers may be used in administrative roles such as registering individuals for vaccination, data input, language interpretation, other administrative areas as needed, and providing guidance and assistance at vaccination administration sites.

To volunteer, log on to https://dph.georgia.gov/georgia-responds and click on the “Register Now” box. Registering only takes a few minutes and will connect you with . Prospective volunteers will be asked for their name, address, contact information and occupation type. In order to be eligible for some assignments, responders are encouraged to complete a profile summary, which includes skills and certifications, training, medical history, emergency contact and deployment preferences.

Once your skills and credentials are reviewed, you will be notified by a DPH representative.

Even as the COVID vaccine becomes available, all Georgians play a critical role in helping to slow the spread of COVID-19 by adhering to the following guidance:

  • Wear a mask
  • Practice social distancing by putting at least 6 feet between yourself and others
  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water.
  • Follow the guidance of Public Health and the guidelines in the Governor’s Executive Order

For updates on the COVID-19 situation as it develops, follow @GaDPH, @GeorgiaEMA, and @GovKemp on Twitter and @GaDPH, @GEMA.OHS, and @GovKemp on Facebook.

For information about COVID-19, visit https://dph.georgia.gov/novelcoronavirus or https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

Changes Coming to COVID-19 Civic Center Testing Site

As the Chatham County Health Department works to expand its COVID-19 response, changes are coming to the COVID-19 testing site at the Savannah Civic Center.

Beginning Monday, January 18th, operation of the Civic Center site will be managed by Mako Medical, a North Carolina-based company that has contracted with the Georgia Department of Health to provide testing services. The change only affects testing operations in Chatham County; the testing process in all other Coastal Health District counties is unchanged.

This shift at the Civic Center site will free up health department staff and resources to focus on COVID-19 vaccinations. There will be no reduction in testing availability, no out-of-pocket costs, and no appointment required.

Anyone requesting a test through public health in Chatham County must pre-register through Mako Medical but will not be assigned a specific appointment day or time. Individuals with a registration can come to the Civic Center site any time during operational hours for testing.

Health insurance will be billed for those with insurance, but no one will be charged a fee or turned away.

To register for testing at the Savannah Civic Center site beginning January 18th, you can schedule a test online at covidtestsavannah.com. For all other public health testing locations, visit covid19.dph.ga.gov.

For telephone scheduling assistance, call the COVID-19 Testing Call Center at 1-912-230-9744 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.