Chatham County Health Dept. opens new COVID vaccine, testing sites

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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – The Chatham County Health Department opened new COVID-19 testing and vaccination sites in the western part of the county Thursday.

Gulfstream has offered up a large office building with enough space to vaccinate 1,200 people in a day.

“I do think it’s going to have an impact it’s going to make it convenient for people, hopefully,” said Chatham County Health Department Administrator Dr. Chris Rustin.

The new site is in the Port Wentworth area at 171 Crossroads Parkway. CORE (Community Organized Relief Effort) will offer vaccinations at no cost from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Pfizer vaccine — which is available to those 12 and older — will be available at the site every day. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, while the Moderna vaccine will be available on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Appointments are required and can be scheduled online at chdcovidvax.org.

“What we don’t want to see is someone becoming a statistic,” Rustin said, “and so we just strongly encourage people to consider vaccinations, to study the science, to talk to their doctor if they have questions, to talk to public health officials and look for credible information on the vaccine.”

Drive-thru PCR testing will be available at the Georgia Tech Savannah Campus (210 Technology Circle) weekdays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturdays from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

There is no cost for a test, which will be administered through Mako Medical. Pre-registration is strongly recommended for a faster visit and can be completed online at gachd.org/covidtest.

Test results should be available in about 48 hours.

“We obviously want people to get their results quickly so they can make decisions about quarantine and isolation if they need to make those decisions,” Rustin explained.

The health department continues to offer testing at the Savannah Civic Center and vaccinations at the downtown Savannah Fire station.

Anyone in need of assistance in scheduling a test can call the Coastal Health District at 912-230-9744. For help with a vaccination, call 912-230-5506.

Meanwhile, St. Joesph’s/Candler is offering free rides to those who scheduled COVID vaccine appointments through the health department. Call 912-819-2883 during business hours to schedule a ride.

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