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 www.phdistrict2.org
To provide the vaccine in a safe environment, they ask everyone to follow these steps.
- Vaccines are for residents who live or work in the counties that comprise District 2
- Vaccines will be given by appointment ONLY – Walk-ins will not be accepted
- They will limit the number of people in enclosed spaces by observing recommended social distances to prevent the spread of illness
- 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)
- If patients have insurance, please bring your card. Insurance will help pay to offset the cost of administering the vaccine.
- There will be no cost to anyone to get vaccinated.
- People should plan to remain for post-vaccination observation for up to 30-minutes
- Prior to vaccination, a review of product-specific safety information and consent will be required
- Both Moderna and Pfizer vaccine require two-doses – appointments are required for both doses
- 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.
Image courtesy of Lisa Ferdinando from the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
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
Revised Testing Criteria and Increased Number of Test Sites
Atlanta – The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is increasing the number of specimen
collection sites statewide for COVID-19 testing, and is revising the current testing criteria to
accommodate more testing of Georgia residents.
Effective immediately, all symptomatic individuals will be eligible for COVID-19 testing. Health
care workers, first responders, law enforcement and long-term care facility residents and staff will
still be prioritized for testing regardless of whether they are or are not symptomatic.
Referrals are still required, however, there are now two ways to be referred to a DPH specimen
Local Health Department –
Individuals who meet COVID-19 testing criteria may now be referred to DPH specimen collection
sites by contacting their local health department. They will be screened by appropriate health
department staff and referred to the closest, most convenient specimen collection site.
Contact information for local health departments can be found on the DPH homepage, under COVID-19 in Georgia.
Health Care Provider Referral –
Health care providers and/or physicians can and should continue to refer patients for COVID-19
People should not arrive unannounced or without a scheduled appointment at a specimen
collection site, hospital, emergency room or other health care facility. Only individuals who have
been evaluated by public health or a health care provider and assigned a PUI # number will
be referred to these drive-thru sites.
Together we can stop further spread of COVID-19 in our state and save lives.
Stay home – the Governor has issued a shelter-in-place Executive Order that should be observed
by all residents and visitors.
Practice social distancing – keep at least 6 feet between yourself and other people.
Wash your hands – use soap and water and scrub for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based
hand sanitizer (60% alcohol) if soap and water aren’t readily available.
Wear a mask – the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend the use of face
masks to help slow the spread of COVID-19, especially where socials distancing is difficult to
maintain (grocery stores, pharmacies, etc.), and especially in areas of significant community-
For updates on the COVID-19 situation as it develops, follow @GaDPH, @GeorgiaEMA, and
@GovKemp on Twitter and @GaDPH, @GEMA.OHS, and @GovKemp on Facebook.