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

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Back-to-School Clinics Scheduled

The pandemic has resulted in delays in some children getting check-ups and immunizations. Health departments in the Coastal Health District will hold back-to-school clinics so students can get the following screenings and vaccinations required for school attendance:

  • Students entering a Georgia school for the first time – no matter what the grade level – must have a completed Certificate of Vision, Hearing, Dental, and Nutrition screening form. “First time” means never enrolled in a Georgia school before at any time in their lives.
  • Children born on or after January 1, 2002 who are attending seventh grade and new entrants into Georgia schools in grades 8 through 12 must have received one dose of Tdap vaccine and one dose of meningococcal vaccine. (“New entrant” means any child entering any school in Georgia for the first time or entering after having been absent from a Georgia school for more than 12 months or one school year).
  • Effective July 1, 2021, children 16 years of age and older, who are entering the 11th grade (including new entrants), must have received one booster dose of the meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4), unless their initial dose was administered on or after their 16th birthday.

The HPV vaccine is also recommended for both girls and boys ages 11–12 to protect against cancers and other diseases caused by human papillomavirus.

Students will be seen on a first come, first served basis and no appointment is necessary*. Most insurance accepted.

The following clinics have been scheduled:

Bryan County Health Department
Pembroke (430 Ledford St.)
8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, July 13
Tuesday, July 27

Richmond Hill (66 Capt. Matthew Freeman Drive)
8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, July 14
Wednesday, July 28

*Chatham County Health Department, 1395 Eisenhower Drive
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Thursday July 15
Thursday, July 29
*Vision, Hearing, Dental, and Nutrition screenings at no cost.

Effingham County Health Department, 802 Hwy. 119 South, Springfield
*Every Tuesday beginning June 22 (BY APPOINTMENT)

*Glynn County Health Department, 2747 Fourth Street, Brunswick
8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Every Thursday in July beginning Thursday, July 8.
*Vision, Hearing, Dental, and Nutrition screenings at no cost.

Liberty County Health Department, 1113 E. Oglethorpe Hwy., Hinesville 
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 26
Wednesday, July 21
Wednesday, July 28

Long County Health Department, 584 N. Macon Street, Ludowici
8 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 – 4 p.m.
Tuesday, June 8
Tuesday, July 13

8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Friday, September 3

McIntosh County Health Department, 1335 Hwy. 57, Townsend
1 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 29

Beach Water Advisory Lifted on St. Simons Island

Updated June 16, 2021

The Glynn County Health Department has lifted the advisory for South Beach at the Lighthouse on St. Simons Island.

The advisory was issued on June 15, 2021 after routine water quality tests showed a high level of enterococci bacteria which increase the risk of gastrointestinal illness in swimmers.

Subsequent water samples showed the bacteria levels had dropped below Environmental Protection Agency’s recommended limits. Therefore, the advisory has been lifted.


June 15, 2021

The Glynn County Health Department has issued a beach water advisory for South Beach at the Lighthouse, which extends from 9th Street to the Pier on St. Simons Island.

graphic showing the beach water advisory signs

The advisory is only for the area specified above and does not impact other beach areas on the island. There is no way of knowing if going into water that is under advisory will result in illness. However, beach water advisories are to alert the public of a possible risk of illness associated with water contact. An area under advisory does not mean the beach is closed.

Water samples are collected routinely on Georgia’s islands throughout the year. The samples are tested for enterococcus (pronounced: en·ter·o·coc·cus) bacteria which is found in warm blooded animals including humans but also birds, raccoons, deer, dolphins and other wildlife. It is difficult to determine exactly where the bacteria come from, but some sources could include animal waste, storm water runoff, or boating waste. When a beach is under advisory, it means that the level of bacteria found in the water is above the Environmental Protection Agency’s recommended standards.

The Health Department recommends you do not swim or wade in the water in the area under advisory. Fish and other seafood caught from this area should be thoroughly washed with fresh water and thoroughly cooked before eating, as should fish or seafood caught from any waters.

The area will be re-tested this week, and the advisory will be lifted when tests show the bacteria levels meet the Environmental Protection Agency’s recommended standards.

For more information, visit our Beach Water Testing Program page.

National HIV Testing Day Events Scheduled

The Coastal Health District HIV Prevention Program will hold several free HIV testing events (no appointment necessary) around the Coastal Health District throughout the month of June to bring awareness to National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) and the importance of knowing your status.

Scheduled Events

  • 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Monday, June 21
    Richmond Hill Public Library, 9607 Ford Ave., Richmond Hill

  • 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Tuesday, June 22
    Coastal Community Health Services, 106 Shoppers Way, Brunswick

  • 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Wednesday, June 23
    Diversity Health Center, 303 Fraser Dr., Hinesville

  • 7 – 11 p.m., Thursday, June 24
    Star Castle, 550 Mall Blvd., Savannah

  • 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Saturday, June 26
    Chatham County Health Department, 1395 Eisenhower Dr., Savannah*
    *(Drive-through event)

All testing is free and confidential and results will be available in about one minute. A follow-up visit will be scheduled for anyone who tests positive and counseling will be made available to those individuals.

This year’s theme, “My Test, My Way,” highlights different ways and places to get tested, including at home with a self-test. Swag bags, gift cards, and other giveaways will be available at all events.

Around 1.2 million people in the United States are living with HIV, and one in seven people do not know they have it and need to be tested. National HIV Testing Day is an opportunity to raise awareness, encourage people to get the facts, tested, get involved, and get linked to care and treatment services.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 get tested for HIV at least once as part of routine health care. People at higher risk should get tested more often.

As a reminder, HIV testing is always free by appointment at all health departments in Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, and McIntosh counties and available Monday through Friday during regular health department hours of operation.

For more information on Coastal Health District HIV services, please visit our website at gachd.org/hiv.

Civic Center COVID-19 Testing Site Closed June 11 & 22

On Friday, June 11th and Tuesday, June 22nd, the public health COVID-19 testing site at the Savannah Civic Center will be closed due to other events scheduled to take place at that location.

For more information on additional locations that offer COVID-19 testing, please go to our website, covid19.gachd.org.

Swimmers/Fishers Advised of Oil Impacts on Jekyll & St. Simons Islands

GLYNN COUNTY, GA –The Coastal Health District is alerting swimmers and recreational fishers to the presence of oil on the beaches and water around Jekyll Island and St. Simons Island. As the cutting operations continue on the capsized motor vehicle carrier Golden Ray, occasional discharges of oil are occurring. Some of the oil is reaching the coastline in the form of small, sticky globules and may be encountered by individuals who are swimming or fishing.

Responders with the St. Simons Sound Incident Unified Command are working to contain any pollutants and remove any oily substances that reach the shore. The public is advised to remain alert for oil in the water or the sand. If you step on a tar ball or get oil on your skin, wash off the oil with soap and clean water. There is no need to use harsh detergents, solvents or other chemicals to wash oil from skin or clothing – these could be harmful to you.

If you see a sheen of oil on the surface of the water, get out of the water and report the sheen to the U.S. Coast Guard National Response Center at 1-800-424-8802. Do not swim or fish in an area with a visible oil sheen.

For additional information on the incident response, monitor the response website at www.ssiresponse.com.

Health Departments to Offer Pfizer Clinics for Teen Vaccinations

The Coastal Health District is now scheduling appointments for special Pfizer vaccine clinics at 7 county health department locations. Pfizer is the only COVID-19 vaccine currently authorized for individuals as young as 12 years of age.

“Several of our clinics typically offer Moderna vaccine for anyone 18 and older, but we want to be sure our younger residents have the opportunity for vaccination, too,” said Paige Lightsey, Immunization Coordinator for the Coastal Health District. “That’s why we’re offering special Pfizer clinics, so everyone 12 and older will have access to the vaccine.”

The Pfizer clinics will be offered in Bryan, Camden, Effingham, Liberty, Long, and McIntosh Counties. Glynn and Chatham Counties already offer Pfizer during normal clinic hours.

These special Pfizer clinics are not limited to teens; adults who would like to receive Pfizer can also schedule appointments. There is no cost for the vaccine. Appointments are preferred and can be scheduled online at chdcovidvax.org or by calling 912-230-5506. Walk-ins are welcome, but subject to vaccine availability at the time of the clinic.

“Now is a great time to get your child vaccinated,” said Lightsey. “By starting the two-dose vaccine series now, your child will be fully vaccinated and protected when school begins in the fall.”

Pfizer vaccine requires two doses. You’ll be scheduled for your second dose of vaccine three weeks after receiving your first dose at the clinic.

Pfizer/Teen Clinics for Ages 12+

Bryan County Health Department – Pembroke

  • 430 Ledford Street in Pembroke
  • Wednesday, June 2, 1-4 pm
  • Schedule appointments at chdcovidvax.org.

Bryan County Health Department – Richmond Hill

  • 66 Captain Matthew Freeman Drive in Richmond Hill
  • Tuesday, May 25, 1-4 pm
  • Schedule appointments at chdcovidvax.org.

Camden County Health Department – St. Marys

  • 905 Dilworth Street in St. Marys
  • Wednesday, May 26, 1-4 pm
  • Schedule appointments at chdcovidvax.org.

Effingham County Health Department

  • 802 Hwy. 199 South in Springfield
  • Friday, May 28, 8 am – 12 pm
  • Schedule appointments at chdcovidvax.org.

Liberty County Health Department

  • 1113 East Oglethorpe Highway in Hinesville
  • Tuesday, May 25, 8:30-11:30 am
  • Schedule appointments at chdcovidvax.org.

Long County Health Department

  • 584 North Macon Street in Ludowici
  • Tuesday, May 25, 1-4 pm
  • Schedule appointments at chdcovidvax.org.

McIntosh County Health Department

  • 1335 Georgia Hwy. 57 in Townsend
  • Wednesday, May 26, 1-4 pm
  • Schedule appointments at chdcovidvax.org.

Pembroke Clinic of Bryan Co. Health Dept. to Close for Building Repairs

The Pembroke clinic of the Bryan County Health Department will be closed beginning Thursday, May 20th at 3:30 p.m. through Monday, May 24th at 9 a.m. During that time, electricity will not be available as repairs are made to the building.

Although clinical operations can resume on Monday, May 24th, COVID-19 vaccinations will not resume until Thursday, May 27th. Because of the unique storage requirements of the vaccine, the refrigerators and freezers must be at optimal temperatures for three days before they can store the COVID-19 vaccines.

Anyone in need of public health services during the closure may visit the Richmond Hill clinic of the Bryan County Health Department at 66 Captain Matthew Freeman Drive. The Richmond Hill clinic provides COVID-19 vaccinations as a walk-in service on Mondays from 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1-3 p.m.

Walk-in Johnson and Johnson Clinics Offered in Camden County

The St. Marys clinic of the Camden County Health Department is offering several walk-in COVID-19 vaccination clinics with the single-dose Janssen vaccine by Johnson & Johnson. No appointment is needed, and there is no cost for vaccination.

Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine – Walk-in Clinic
Camden County Health Department
905 Dilworth Street, St. Marys

  • May 19th, 8:30-11 a.m.
  • May 21st, 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • May 24th, 8:30-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.
  • May 26th, 8:30-11:30 a.m.

The Janssen vaccine is authorized for adults age 18 and older.

Residents Invited to Learn How to Make Healthy Changes to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

The Coastal Health District Chronic Disease Prevention Program will hold two kickoff meetings for residents interested in participating in a type 2 diabetes prevention program. The virtual meetings will be held on Wednesday, May 19th, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and on Tuesday, May 25th, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Anyone interested in taking part should call Cristina Gibson at 912-644-5818 or email cristina.gibson@dph.ga.gov.

PreventT2 is part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Guided by a trained lifestyle coach, groups of participants will learn the skills they need to make lasting changes such as losing a modest amount of weight, being more physically active, and managing stress.

People with prediabetes — higher-than-normal blood glucose (sugar) levels — are 5 to 15 times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those with normal blood glucose levels. In fact, many people with prediabetes can be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes within 5 years.

“One in three American adults has prediabetes, so the need for prevention has never been greater,” said Coastal Health District Chronic Disease Prevention Director, Cristina Gibson. “The PreventT2 program offers a proven approach to preventing or delaying the onset of type 2 diabetes through modest lifestyle changes made with the support of a coach and one’s peers.”

PreventT2 groups meet for a year — weekly for the first 6 months, then once or twice a month for the second 6 months to maintain healthy lifestyle changes. The program’s group setting provides a supportive environment with people who are facing similar challenges and trying to make the same changes. Together participants celebrate their successes and find ways to overcome obstacles.

Health Department Partners with CORE to Offer Mobile COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics in Chatham County

If you live in Chatham County, free COVID-19 vaccine is coming to a location near you.

The Chatham County Health Department is partnering with CORE (Community Organized Relief Effort) to offer pop-up vaccination clinics throughout the county. The first two mobile clinics will be held this weekend. Friday, May 14th from 10am-4 pm, vaccine will be available at Peña Barbershop at 11709 Largo Drive. Saturday, May 15th from 1-4 pm, vaccine will be available at MedBank at 836 East 65th Street in Savannah. More sites and dates are being scheduled and will be posted online at chdcovidvax.org and savannahvax.coreresponse.org .

Pre-registration is preferred but not required, and walk-ups are welcome. The site will offer Pfizer vaccine for ages 12 and up, and Johnson & Johnson vaccine for ages 18 and up. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at the clinic. There is no cost for vaccination.

“Vaccination is the key to ending this pandemic, but we recognize there are barriers to vaccination like lack of transportation or difficulty with online scheduling,” said Dr. Chris Rustin, Administrator of the Chatham County Health Department. “We’re excited to partner with CORE and bring vaccine directly to our residents, erasing many of these obstacles.”

CORE and the Health Department are working with businesses and organizations around the county to identify additional locations for mobile clinics, with a special focus on hard-to-reach populations. “We look forward to meeting individuals where they are, in their communities, to make their COVID-19 vaccination experience convenient, accessible and pleasant,” said Ashila Jiwani, CORE GA Operations Manager.

For more information about COVID-19 vaccine, visit covid19.gachd.org. For more information about CORE, visit coreresponse.org.