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Local Health Departments
are offering Covid Vaccine

From the January 13, 2021 issue of The Journal
   Local Health Departments are now offering the COVID-19 vaccination shots, but only to those who qualify under "Phase 1A." Also, please contact your local health department (or register online) to ensure availability before visiting.
   "Each county receives their does directly from the manufacturer, so it may vary at times," said Pamela Kirkland of the West Central Health District. "When someone registers, they choose the county they want to go to for their vaccination."
   To register online, visit and click on the link about getting the vaccine.
   Phase 1A includes paid and unpaid persons working in a healthcare setting who have the potential for direct or indirect exposure to patients or infectious materials. Hospital staff, public health clinical staff, EMS, and other first responders, long term care facility (LTCF) staff, and urgent care facility staff are examples of people who will be included in this phase. Also, those 65 years of age and older, and caregivera, law enforcement, firefighters, and other first responders.
   Those in 1A can register on the website for the vaccine, or call the COVID-19 Call Center at 706-321-6300, and choose Option 1.
   Also, the West Central Health District encourages everyone to practice the prevention measures below.
   * Wear a mask or cloth face covering when you go to a public place.
   * Remember social distancing (six feet between you and other people).
   * Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
   * Get a flu show (if 6-months-old and older).
   * Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
   * Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
   * Stay home when you are sick.
   * Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
   * Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
   Contact information for local Health Departments is below.
   * Marion County: 229-649-5664.
   * Chattahoochee County: 706-989-3663.
   * Schley County: 229-937-2208.
   * Stewart County: 229-838-4859.
   * Webster County: 229-828-3225.