Get the vaccine and receive a $50 gift card from the Long County Health Department

Published: Feb. 8, 2022 at 5:06 PM EST
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LONG COUNTY, Ga. (WTOC) - The Long County Health Department will give the first fifty people who are vaccinated on Feb 22, a $50 Visa Gift card.

This will take place between 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

The Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) and Moderna vaccines are approved for people 18 and older. Both vaccines will be available for people to get.

“I was so sick, I really thought it was the end for me. I was preparing my family for the worst and getting it right with my soul. I got vaccinated without any hesitation because I understood I could contract the virus again,” RoseZena Baggs, Long County Board of Health member said.

Officials say the Omicron variant is highly contagious and getting the vaccine can lessen the risk of major health issues. According to the Georgia Department of Public Health, only 22 percent of Long County residents are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

“I got vaccinated and boosted and I’m convinced that had I been able to do that before getting COVID, my case would have been much, much milder. If you get the vaccine and the booster and just do everything you need to do, you’ll be doing yourself, your family, and your community a big favor,” Baggs said.

One board of health member says she hopes this will make a difference.

“People need to be vaccinated, and it’s like we’re pulling out all the stops now, we’ve done everything else, and we can’t get them to come out, let’s try this,” Long County Board of Health Chair Rosezena Baggs said.

Baggs knows the long-term impacts COVID can have firsthand. She’s still battling lasting effects almost a year after contracting COVID—before vaccines were widely available.

“When I say I can’t do what I used to do, I can’t do anything. It is an ordeal just for me to take a shower,” she said.

Baggs says she hopes the gift cards are the nudge people need to get vaccinated.

“I don’t know what it would take to convince them, but I guess a $50 gift card just might be the ticket.”

She also explains she doesn’t want anyone to experience the severe COVID she did.

“You’re better off to take the vaccine and be safe, then to not take it and be sorry,” Baggs said.

Appointments are required and can be scheduled at chdcovidvax.org. In addition, appointments can be scheduled by calling 912-230-5506 Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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