COVID-19 vaccine moving off-site at some health department locations

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GAINESVILLE – In anticipation of the upcoming flu season and to prepare for the approval of the COVID-19 booster dose for the general population, District 2 Health Departments will be re-opening some of its off-site COVID-19 mass vaccination sites.

Approval for the booster dose is still pending; however, starting Monday, September 20, Forsyth and Hall County will move to their designated off-site locations to begin administering Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines.  The district will not administer booster doses until approval and guidance is granted by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and FDA.

The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) will await recommendations from the CDC and ACIP before releasing a plan to administer booster doses of Pfizer COVID vaccine in Georgia. The FDA’s discussion and review of data about the need for COVID vaccine boosters is a first step in the process; the same questions will be considered by ACIP during meetings currently scheduled for Sept. 22-23. When CDC/ACIP provide recommendations and guidelines for booster shots, DPH has the inventory to quickly ramp up access to Pfizer COVID vaccine statewide.

“We anticipate an increase in traffic in our health departments with the administration of both the COVID booster dose and flu vaccine,” said Dr. Zachary Taylor, District 2 Public Health Director. “By moving our COVID-19 operation off-site, we will alleviate the influx of people inside our waiting rooms.”

Forsyth County Health Department will operate its COVID-19 mass vaccination site at Northside Forsyth Hospital, Suite 360, located at 1200 Northside Forsyth Dr. Cumming, GA 30041.

Hall County will operate its mass vaccine site from the Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center, located at 1855 Calvary Church Rd., Gainesville, GA 30507.

The hours of operation for both sites are Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm and Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Appointments are not required. If an individual prefers to schedule an appointment, they may do so using the VRAS scheduling system via the District 2 Public Health website.  Hours of operation and locations may change due to demand. Reference the schedule of locations and hours posted on the public health website to ensure the vaccine site in your county is operational.

For more information on the COVID-19 booster dose visit the CDC website to learn more.

District 2 Health Department outlines how to register for the COVID-19 vaccine

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GAINESVILLE, Ga – Public Health Department District 2 provided instructions for those who are now eligible to sign up to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Last week, Governor Brian Kemp and DPH Director Kathleen Toomey added adults aged 65 and older, law enforcement officers, firefighters, and first responders to the current group of individuals eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccination in Phase 1-A.

Sign up online at

To provide the vaccine in a safe environment, they ask everyone to follow these steps.

  1. Vaccines are for residents who live or work in the counties that comprise District 2
  2. Vaccines will be given by appointment ONLY – Walk-ins will not be accepted
  3. They will limit the number of people in enclosed spaces by observing recommended social distances to prevent the spread of illness
  4. Come to the appointment as close to the allotted time as possible to reduce the number of people in the waiting area (patients may be asked to wait outside or in their car if  too early)
  5. If patients have insurance, please bring your card. Insurance will help pay to offset the cost of administering the vaccine.
  6. There will be no cost to anyone to get vaccinated.
  7. People should plan to remain for post-vaccination observation for up to 30-minutes
  8. Prior to vaccination, a review of product-specific safety information and consent will be required
  9. Both Moderna and Pfizer vaccine require two-doses – appointments are required for both doses
  10. Please understand patients will receive the vaccine that is available (Pfizer or Moderna)

A call center number will be available on Monday, January 11 for those who do not have access to online registration.

District 2 serves Banks, Dawson, Forsyth, Franklin, Habersham, Hall, Habersham, Lumpkin, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union, and White.

Residents of these counties can register for the vaccine from District 2.

Image courtesy of Lisa Ferdinando from the Office of the Secretary of Defense.


District 2 Public Health announces new hours of operation

Community, Press Release
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GAINESVILLE, GA – District 2 Public Health announces new hours of operation for all 13 county health departments. The new hours will offer health department services until 7:00 pm every Tuesday. These extended hours will add convenience for individuals whose schedules may not allow them to come to the health department during the 8:00 am to 5:00 pm schedule. The change will go into effect on November 30.

                The new hours of operations are:

                Monday, Wednesday, Thursday                         8:00 am to 12:30 pm; 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

                Tuesday                                                                            8:00 am to 12:30 pm; 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm

                Friday                                                                                 8:00 am to 12:00 pm

Environmental Health Offices and the District Office will keep their current operating hours, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, except for, Union and White Counties.

Union County Environmental Health        Monday – Friday       7:30 am to 12:00 pm

                                                                                                                   1:00 pm to 4:30 pm

White County Environmental Health       Monday – Thursday        8:00 am to 12:00 pm

                                                                                                                         1:00 pm to 5:30 pm

                                                                           Friday                                    8:00 am to 12:00 pm

                                                                                                                           1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Mayor Liz Ordiales elected President of GMA District 2

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ATLANTA – Hiawassee Mayor Liz Ordiales was elected President of the Georgia Municipal Association’s (GMA) District 2 during the association’s virtual annual meeting on July 2.

In this role, Ordiales will serve as a liaison between GMA and municipal officials in GMA’s District 2.  She will also attend GMA-sponsored events, including the association’s annual convention; promote engagement in GMA activities and programs with other cities in the district; advocate for GMA’s legislative priorities, and share with GMA staff any needs and concerns of member cities in their district. As the District 2 President, Ordiales will also serve on GMA Board of Directors.

Created in 1933, GMA is the only state organization that represents municipal governments in Georgia. Based in Atlanta, GMA is a voluntary, non-profit organization that provides legislative advocacy, educational, employee benefit and technical consulting services to its members. GMA currently represents 537 cities in Georgia.

District 2 Public Health announces new testing guidelines

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GAINESVILLE, GA – In a press release issued today by District 2 Public Health, it outlines that the state has expanded the testing guidelines to include those without symptoms if they meet certain qualifications.

“District 2 Public Health is ramping up specimen collection to help meet Governor Kemp’s call for increased testing. This is made possible by additional testing supplies, increased laboratory capacity and expanded testing criteria. The new testing guidelines will include these groups:

  • Hospitalized patients
  • The following people with symptoms:
    • Healthcare workers, first responders, and other critical infrastructure workers
    • Persons residing in long-term care facilities or other group residential settings
    • Persons 65 years of age and older
    • Patients with underlying medical conditions
    • Household members or caregivers of any of the groups above
    • Persons with close contact with a known COVID-19 case
  • The following people without symptoms will also be tested as capacity allows:
    • Healthcare workers, first responders, and other critical infrastructure workers that have been exposed to COVID-19
    • Residents of a long-term care facility or other group residential setting experiencing an outbreak of COVID-19

If you feel that you meet any of these conditions, follow these three simple steps:

  • Call your local health department and ask to speak to a nurse about COVID-19 testing.

  • The nurse will review your situation and submit your information for verification.

  • Public health will call you back to arrange an appointment at the site nearest to you.”

Here’s Fetch Your News’ daily updates of COVID-19 cases in Georgia.

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