Evans Memorial begins expanded distribution of COVID-19 vaccine

Evans Memorial begins expanded distribution of COVID-19 vaccine

EVANS COUNTY, Ga. (WTOC) - As the COVID-19 vaccine continues to roll out for counties across the Peach State, people 65 and older in Evans County will get their first chance to get the shot starting Tuesday.

It’s been almost three weeks since Evans Memorial received their first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines. Hospital CEO Bill Lee said starting Tuesday, they will offer a clinic for people 65 and older to get that vaccine and he says they already have more than a dozen people who have signed up.

Lee and Chief Nursing Officer Hope Gray said hospital team members and first responders have already started receiving their vaccine.

Both said they’re holding the clinic because people who are 65 and older are much more vulnerable to the disease and they want to protect the community as much as possible.

Recently the area has seen a significant uptick in COVID-19 cases and both say this is just the first step in the right direction.

However both said the biggest challenge is making sure people come back in 21 days to get their second dose.

“The initial doses that we got, we got 300 for our staff and first responders in the area and we have used up the vast majority of those doses and anticipating another 300 for the community and then we’ll get another 300 for the second dose as well. So those who are 65 and up are incredibly vulnerable to the disease and the lasting side effect of having a COVID-19 infection. So they really need to examine taking it as early as humanly possible,” said Gray.

Gray said the clinic will run for the next three days from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m until Thursday by appointment only.

To schedule an appointment call: (912) 739-5002.

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