Health department to offer COVID vaccine

The Spalding County Health Department will administer the COVID-19 vaccine to an expanded group of eligible individuals Friday. Health care workers and first responders were first able to receive the vaccine at the health department Dec. 19, as pictured here.

The Spalding County Health Department will begin offering the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on Friday to individuals eligible to receive the vaccine in Phase 1A.

Adults aged 65 and older and their caregivers as applicable are now eligible to receive the vaccine. Also included in Phase 1A are healthcare workers in clinical settings, such as nurses, physicians, emergency medical professionals, laboratory technicians and environmental services. Also eligible are staff and residents of long-term care facilities and all law enforcement and fire personnel, including volunteer departments.

Vaccines will be given by appointment only from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday at the Spalding County Health Department, 1007 Memorial Drive, Griffin. Anyone without an appointment will be turned away, according to District 4 Public Health information.

Those interested in making an appointment should call 1-800-847-4262 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

In its latest weekly report issued Monday, Georgia’s Department of Public Health reported that the state and District 4, which includes Spalding County, has continued to observe “sustained increases in positive case numbers, hospitalizations and deaths.”

According to the current DPH numbers available before press time Tuesday, Spalding County is reporting 373 COVID cases in the last two weeks, bringing the total number of cases to 2,906 and 93 reported deaths.

The Spalding County Health Department also offers COVID-19 testing by appointment only from 9 to 11 a.m. every other Tuesday. The county’s health department administered 79 tests over the past week.