Hundreds show up for new Savannah mass vaccination site; free rides available


SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – A new mass vaccination site opened in Savannah Wednesday morning.

The location on Gulfstream Aerospace’s campus joined four other sites opening. Georgia now has nine state-run distribution locations.

The Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) operates the sites and plans to give up to 2,000 vaccines each day at the Savannah location alone.

Officials said the process takes less than 10 minutes to move through the four-lane drive-thru location at Gulfstream. All vaccines are given only by appointment. Once you’ve claimed your spot, you can show your QR code to the staff on the Gulfstream campus location off Innovation Drive.

They said it is an “all hands on deck” effort to get as many people vaccinated as possible.

“We know that there’s some hesitancy in different parts of the community in regards to vaccination, but we can’t stress enough how important it is for every Georgian to get vaccinated that’s elligible. COVID has been devastating to all of our communities, I don’t know anybody who hasn’t been touched by it in some way,” GEMA External Affairs Supervisor Lisa Rodriguez-Presley said.

GEMA encouraged participants to arrive on time — discouraging early arrivals to prevent traffic delays.

Need a ride?

Chatham County announced Wednesday a partnership with local universities, faith-based organizations and nonprofits to provide free transportation to the mass vaccination site.

Anyone with an appointment and no other means for transportation can call 912-856-4563 weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to reserve a trip. County officials say reservations are required by 3 p.m. the day before an appointment — and they encourage you to call as soon as possible.

ADA-accessible vans and buses are available upon request, the county says.

The Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah State University, Chatham Area Transit, Isle of Hope United Methodist Church, Compassion Christian Church, White Bluff United Methodist Church, ConneXion Church and the Salvation Army are providing transportation assets and staff and volunteers to make the rides possible.

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Make an appointment

Hundreds signed up for Wednesday’s opening, but officials said spots are still available.

Click HERE to make an appointment. If you want to learn about Georgia’s vaccine eligibility follow this link.

Due to potential severe weather, the site will close at 1 p.m. Thursday. All appointments will be rescheduled to arrive before 12:30 p.m.

The site is set to run Tuesdays through Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Gov. Brian Kemp said the state plans to expand vaccine eligibility to all adults in Georgia starting in the first part of April.

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