State-run mass vaccination sites to close across Georgia

Coronavirus

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – The eight mass vaccination sites operating under Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security will be closing next month on May 21.

These sites will begin providing only the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine and second doses of Pfizer to ensure vaccination cycles are complete. After April 30, the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine will not be available.

GEMA/HS tells WSAV the agency was originally contracted to operate the sites for 13 weeks, including at Gulfstream Aerospace.

The Savannah location opened up on March 17. Soon after, the state allowed patients without an appointment, in an effort to increase operations.

GEMA/HS Director Chris Stallings says over 300,000 doses have been administered at the sites, but they’ve seen “a notable decrease” over the last two weeks.

“I greatly appreciate the hard work and dedication of our GEMA/HS team over the last few months in getting the life-saving vaccine administered quickly and efficiently in all parts of our state,” Gov. Brian Kemp stated.

“As the vaccine becomes available to more Georgians in their local communities, it is now the state’s job to work closely with local providers, private partners, public health districts, and trusted community leaders to encourage more Georgians to get vaccinated,” he added.

One mass vaccination site in Albany has already shut down. In addition to Savannah, sites will remain open in Clarkesville, Columbus, Emerson, Hapeville, Macon, Sandersville and Waycross until next month.

According to WXIA, the closure will not impact sites run by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, including the Mercedes-Benz Stadium site.

For more information on appointments available locally, visit wsav.com/vaccine.

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