January 23, 2022

Important COVID-19 vaccine update for Heard County

(Franklin, GA) — The Heard County Health Department announced today that beginning tomorrow (Wednesday, February 3), the Phase 1-A vaccine line will reopen to make appointments for the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The appointment line will be open from 8:00 AM- 5:00 PM Monday-Friday and appointments will be scheduled for Heard County, Pike County, Lamar County, Spalding County, and Upson County.

The appointment line phone number is 762-888-8180. District 4 residents may get a vaccine at any location/county within the district.

When presenting for your second dose of COVID-19 vaccine, it is required that you bring your vaccine card, issued when you received your first dose, proof of age for 65+ and proof of employment for healthcare workers and first responders.

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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