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Area nurses join forces in
Ellaville to offer vaccine

Renee Barrett and Suzanne Underwood from Marion County;
Kristy Smith from Schley; Mindy Sampson from Talbot and Haley Dobbs from Taylor

From the Jan. 27, 2021 issue of The Journal
By Linda Adams
   Five Georgia Department of Public Health nurses joined together to work on getting Covid-19 vaccines to the citizens of Marion, Schley, Taylor, and Talbot counties. On Friday they were in Schley County administering shots to people from all their counties.
   Included in the group are Haley Dobbs, Kristy Smith, ...
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Local Health Departments have
given 1,184 shots of vaccine so far

From the Jan. 27, 2021 issue
of The Journal

By Richard Harris
   Local Health Departments have administered many doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. They will continue to do so, but as of the deadline for this week's paper were waiting for more supplies to be delivered. Interested residents should register online or contact their local health department to get registered for the free vaccination opportunities, as they become available.
   At the end of last week, the

departments in The Journal's coverage area had given 1,184 shots.
   The breakdown of shots given by county so far is: Marion County – 442; Schley County – 438; Stewart County – 211; Chattahoochee County – 59; and Webster County – 34.
   Those who are currently eligible are people who qualify for Phase 1A, which 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.
   "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. 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.