Mayor Johnson discussed youth sports seasons, encourages vaccinating young people

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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – Mayor Van Johnson discussed efforts to inoculate young people and the start of youth sports seasons.

Johnson encouraged young Savannahians to get vaccinated to speed up the return to the new normal.

“I’m encouraging young people, particularly those between ages 20 and 29 to get vaccinated and I would hope that we strongly encourage our folks returning to our community to do the same.”

Johnson also threw support behind colleges and universities requiring proof of vaccination. He said when he attended college he had to do provide his vaccination records so he believes the same requirement should be in effect for COVID-19 vaccines.

Johnson also said restrictions will continue to be lifted as COVID-19 numbers improve and infections decrease.

Savannah Recreation and Leisures Services Department will open youth baseball and youth track and field seasons on April 21. Youth baseball teams can reserve practice fields for the next two weeks and games will kickoff May 1, Johnson said.

“Our young people need to be out and engaged, and sports is a way for us to be able to do that,” Johnson said. He added, however, social distancing requirements and capacity limits on attendance will be in effect.

Johnson encouraged Savannah’s Hispanic population to participate in a vaccine clinic on April 24. The clinic begins at 1 p.m. and ends at 4 p.m. at the MedBank location at 836 E 56th St Building 12.

The Savannah Undocumented Youth Alliance, the Mercer University School of Medicine’s Latino Medical Student Association, Chatham County Health Department and Medbank partnered for the clinic event.

Chatham County’s community transmission remains high at 152, reporting greater than 100 cases per 100,000 residents, according to the Coastal Health District.

More than 130,000 doses of vaccines have been administered in Chatham County with 21% of residents fully vaccinated. Nearly a quarter of residents have received at least one dose of vaccine.

Savannah has three mass vaccination sites, the Gulfstream Campus and the Savannah Civic Center and the Armstrong Center at Georgia Southern University. For local vaccine information click here.

Johnson encouraged Savannah’s Hispanic populations to participate in a vaccine clinic at MedBank. The clinic opens April 24 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the MedBank location at 836 E 56th St Building 12.

The Savannah Undocumented Youth Alliance, Mercer University School of Medicine Latino Medical Student Association, Chatham County Health Department and Medbank partnered for the clinic event.

The Gulfstream campus on 2 Innovation Dr. operates weekdays between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Savannah Civic Center on 301 W Oglethorpe Ave. operates Wednesday-Thursday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. The Armstrong Center at Georgia Southern University (GSU) on 13040 Abercorn St. operates Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Savannah Civic Center and the Armstrong Center at Georgia Southern University are distributing the Moderna vaccine only. Appointments are required at Georgia Southern University but only encouraged at the other two sites.

Recent data shows 18 hospitalizations across Chatham County, as low as it was in June 2020, before the first surge in hospitalizations. Two weeks ago, hospitalizations were decreasing daily, but have jumped 10% since then.

Georgia reported 725 new confirmed cases of the novel virus, 27 new deaths and 55 hospitalizations Monday. Chatham County accounted for 9 of those cases and added one hospitalization.

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