By Tia Lynn Ivey
The Morgan County Health Department has received a shipment of Morderna’s COVID-19 vaccine and will begin administering it to the top tier of eligible recipients on Monday, Jan. 25. Ingles in Madison is also accepting appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine.
Currently, the health department is offering the vaccine to elderly adults and other frontline workers that make up the first tier of eligibility for the vaccine.
“Morgan County Health Department is excited to announce the availability of Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for those persons in Tier 1A. Tier 1A includes health care workers, long-term care facility residents and staff, adults age 65 and older, and first responders, including firefighters and law enforcement officers,” said a press release from Morgan County government.
The health department will reserve Mondays for COVID-19 vaccine appointments only. They will not take walk-ins and they will not offer any other services on Mondays.
According to Morgan County government, “Beginning Monday, Jan. 25, and every Monday thereafter, COVID-19 vaccines will be offered locally at the Morgan County Health Department. COVID-19 vaccines will be the only service provided on Mondays. Appointments for COVID-19 vaccination are required.”
Morgan County is urging citizens to register online to receive the vaccine, noting registered people will be able get to the vaccine faster.
“If you registered to receive a vaccine through the Public Health website, www.publichealthathens.com, you will be contacted by Morgan County Health Department staff to schedule your appointment locally,” said the county’s press release. “Priority will be given to those previously registered.”
If you have not registered on the website, you may call the Morgan County Health Department at (706) 752-1266, ext. 0 to schedule an appointment.
“We expect call volume to be high, so please be patient,” said a health department official. “If you are unable to speak to a staff member to schedule your appointment, please leave a message and we will return your call. We are continuing clinic services and also providing support for COVID testing and vaccinations at sites located in Athens that serve all 10 counties in the Northeast Health District, which includes Morgan County. Please be patient and trust that we will call to schedule you as soon as possible.”
Citizens of Morgan County, or those who work in the county, will be considered first.
“Priority for COVID-19 vaccination appointments at the Morgan County Health Department will be given to those who live and work in Morgan County. If you do not live or work in Morgan County, please contact your local health department for further information,” said the press release. “Morgan County residents also have the option to make an appointment at the Athens locations by calling (706) 340-0996 or submitting a registration form at PublicHealthAthens.com.”
County officials warn that the vaccine is in high demand and in limited supply.
“We are working as hard as we can to get the vaccine to as many people as quickly as possible and will keep you informed when additional priority groups are eligible for vaccination,” said the county press release. “We ask for your patience and for a continued commitment to social distancing and mask-wearing to protect our community in the meantime.”
To make an appointment at Ingles in Madison, which is also offering the vaccine, sign up at: www.ingles-markets.com/covid19-waitlist.