May 18, 2021

COVID-19 vaccine available for the expansion of Phase 1-A

(UPDATE #2: All appointments for the Heard County COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic on Thursday, Jan 14th are now taken. We are taking appointments for Troup County for Friday, Jan 15 at the Troup County Bus Barn at 100 N Davis Rd LaGrange. To make an appointment call 800-847-4262.)

(Franklin, GA) — Heard County Health Department will offer the COVID-19 vaccine to all Phase 1-A individuals on Thursday, January 14th from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM or while supplies last at Fire Station #1, located at 12987 Hwy 34, Franklin GA 30228.

Phase 1 A includes:

  • Healthcare workers in clinical settings (e.g., nurses, physicians, EMS, laboratory technicians, environmental services) 

  • All law enforcement and fire personnel (including volunteer departments) 

  • Adults aged 65 and older (and their primary caregivers as applicable)

Please bring identification to show proof of age. Wear short sleeves or loose fitting sleeves that can be rolled up and plan to wait in line.

It is recommended that everyone receiving a vaccine wait a minimum of 15 minutes afterwards to monitor for adverse reactions.

In some instances, individuals should not receive the vaccine. Contraindications to COVID-19 include:

Known allergy to vaccine components 

Anyone who has received any vaccine in the last 14 days (including flu shots)

Persons with known current SARS-CoV-2 infection:

  • Vaccination should be deferred until recovery from acute illness (if person had symptoms) and criteria have been met to discontinue isolation

  • No minimal interval between infection and vaccination

  • However, current evidence suggests reinfection uncommon in the 90 days after initial infection and thus persons with documented acute infection in the preceding 90 days may defer vaccination until the end of this period, if desired.

Persons who previously received passive antibody therapy for COVID-19:

  • Vaccination should be deferred for at least 90 days to avoid interference of the treatment with vaccine-induced immune responses–Based on estimated half-life of therapies and evidence suggesting reinfection is uncommon within 90 days of initial infection.

Persons with a known SARS-CoV-2 Exposure:

  • Community or outpatient setting: –Defer vaccination until quarantine period has ended to avoid exposing healthcare personnel (HCP) or other persons during vaccination visit.

District 4 Public Health will continue to provide updates on www.district4health.org letting the public know when vaccines become available.

It is critical that even as the vaccine becomes available to more people, all residents continue to wear a mask, practice social distancing and wash your hands frequently.

While the COVID-19 vaccine is 95% effective in preventing illness in the individual being vaccinated, it is not yet known if the vaccine fully prevents person-to-person transmission or asymptomatic infections.

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