Mass vaccination site will soon open in Savannah; mayor responds

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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – Five new mass vaccination sites are opening in two weeks, including one in Savannah, Gov. Brian Kemp announced Wednesday.

The state has partnered with Gulfstream Aerospace to host the site, which will open doors on March 17.

Four other vaccination sites will open that same day in Ware, Washington, Bartow and Muscogee counties. All five locations will operate Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This comes as the state prepares to expand eligibility to include school staff and educators; adults with intellectual and development disabilities, their caregivers; and parents of children with complex medical conditions.

“Just because we are doing a lot at our vaccine site, we can’t let our guard down,” Kemp said. “We have to keep doing this for another month or two and get closer to true herd immunity.”

Watch Kemp’s full press conference with Georgia Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Kathleen Toomey:

This news is bringing a sigh of relief to Savannah Mayor Van Johnson after Savannah was passed over in the first group for a mass vaccination site.

“Beggars can’t be choosers and so we’re grateful that we’re finally able to have a mass vaccination site in Savannah-Chatham County,” Johnson said.

A Gulfstream spokesperson told News 3 they’re excited and honored to be selected to fulfill a need in the community. While Mayor Johnson is grateful for this, he said it could have been put in a better location.

“It’s probably not as accessible as we would of liked for it to be, but certainlyGulfstream has a logistical ability to help pull this off. We’ll just have to try and find a way and get people who are challenged by transportation to get out there,” Johnson said.

Soon pre-registration for the new sites will be available on the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency’s website, myvaccingeorgia.com. Even those who are not eligible can sign up for email updates on the website.

Kemp said the nine locations combined will allow the state to administer 45,000 doses per day. He also announced Georgia’s weekly allotment will increase from 198,000 to 223,000 starting next week.

“I feel like we are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel because of the amount of people that have gotten the vaccine and the supply increasing week over week,” the governor said.

Mayor Johnson is advising all who fall in the current phase to register to get one.

“Our ability to become vaccinated as a community is directly related to us getting past COVID-19 and getting to our new normal,” Johnson said.

A woman gets a COVID-19 shot at a mass vaccination site, one of four sites located on Georgia, at the Delta Flight Museum, Monday, Feb. 22, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

There are currently four state-operated mass vaccination sites operating in Georgia, supported by the Federal Emergency Management Agency:

  • Delta Air Museum, 1220 Woolman Place SW, Hapeville, 30354
  • Albany Georgia Forestry Site, 2910 Newton Road, Albany, 31701
  • Habersham County Fairgrounds, 4235 Toccoa Highway Clarkesville, 30523
  • Macon Farmers Market, 2055 Eisenhower Parkway, Macon, 31206

The Georgia Department of Public Health has given 2.1 million shots in Georgia. Over 88,000 of those shots have been in Chatham County.

The governor reminded Georgians that other providers are offering shots, including grocery stores, pharmacies and others.

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

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