New COVID vaccine clinic opens in Pooler

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POOLER, Ga. (WSAV) – A new COVID-19 vaccination clinic opened up to the public on Monday.

In partnership with the West Chatham YMCA, the Chatham County Health Department opened its doors to the new site at 9 a.m.

“So this is our first day here at the pooler YMCA, we recently moved from gulfstream, the building was no longer available to us so we’re super happy that we partnered over here. We are a little bit slow today but we do have appointments available every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. We’re here from 9 to 2:30,” said Sierra Peebles, County Nurse Manager of the Chatham County Health Dept.

Vaccinations will be offered for free at the 165 Isaac G. LaRoche Drive location from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, and their boosters, will be available on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Thursdays, Pfizer and Moderna, boosters included, will be offered.

Although walk-ins will be accepted, appointments are recommended and can be scheduled online at chdcovidvax.org.

“So far, we have seen 13 people and we did have 13 people on the schedule so, it’s not 2:30 yet so that means we have had some walk-in’s ready today…We’re seeing a lot of boosters but the last patient that walked in just got her first shot so we’re seeing a little bit of everything,” explained Peebles.

This week, Georgia has seen a massive increase in positive COVID cases, with an average of 7500 new cases per day since December 20th, nearly three times the average number of cases seen the previous week.

Peebles says, they’re prepared to hand out as many vaccinations as possible for as long as the need is there.

“So before christmas and right before thanksgiving we did see an increase in people coming in for their vaccinations, which again was super exciting to see. We are prepared no matter what happens with the variants, we can see up to 400 people at our Annex location, up to 100 plus people here at this location, so we’re hoping more people come in and get their vaccine,” Peebles said.

Should you need assistance making an appointment, call 912-230-5506. The vaccine hotline is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., excluding holidays.

Vaccinations remain available at the Savannah Fire Department and area health departments. For more details, visit wsav.com/vaccine.

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