Health Departments move COVID-19 vaccinations to offsite clinics

Community, Press Release
COVID-19 clinics District 2 hours of operation testing guidelines vaccinations

GAINESVILLE – To maximize efficiency for vaccine delivery, District 2 Public Health Departments have coordinated with our community partners to locate COVID-19 vaccine clinics to larger spaces. “This move will allow our staff to provide both first and second doses at one location,” said Zachary Taylor, M.D., District Health Director. “Having a larger space than the health departments will also give us the flexibility to vaccinate more people each day, especially when the vaccine becomes more readily available.” Appointments will still be required to get vaccinated at the new clinic sites.

Essential services such as immunizations for school, women’s health services, and communicable disease services will be available at the health departments.

County:                      Address:                                                                    Date Effective:

Banks County             TBD

Dawson County         Dawson County Senior Center                                 February 8

201 Recreation Road

Dawsonville, GA 30523

Forsyth County          Cumming Fairgrounds                                             February 15

235 Castleberry Road

Cumming, GA 30040

Franklin County        Franklin County Recreation Dept.                           February 8

557 Rocky Ford Road

Carnesville, GA 30521

Habersham County   Ruby Fulbright Aquatic Center                    February 2

120 Paul Franklin Road

Clarkesville, GA 30523

Hall County                Chicopee Woods Ag. Center                         February 8

1855 Calvary Church Road

Gainesville, GA 30507

Hart County               TBD

Lumpkin County        Lumpkin County Senior Center                   February 8

266 Mechanicsville Road

Dahlonega, GA 30533

Rabun County            Rabun County Health Dept.                          February 2

Lower Level

184 South Main St.

Clayton, GA 30525

Stephens County       St. Matthias Episcopal Church                     February 8

995 E. Tugalo St.

Toccoa, GA 30577

Towns County           Towns County Recreation Dept.                  February 3

150 Foster Park Rd.

Hiawassee, GA 30582

Union County             Union County Recreation Center                 February 1

310 Wellborn Street

Blairsville, GA 30512

White County             The Bridge Church                                        TBA (March)

607 Hulsey Road

Cleveland, GA 30528


District 2 announces changes in specimen collection sites

Community, Health
testing guidelines specimen collection

GAINESVILLE, GA – District 2 Public Health announces updates to schedules, testing criteria and specimen collection sites. Previous testing criteria was to test individuals with fever, cough and shortness of breath. Due to new testing criteria from Georgia Department of Public Health District 2 anyone with or without symptoms can now be tested for Covid-19.

The Specimen Point of Collection (SPOC) in Hall County will now operate as follows:

Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. The Hall County SPOC is closed on Saturday and Sunday.

A Specimen Point of Collection (SPOC) will be opened at Habersham County Health Department. This site will be open Saturday from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm, and Sunday from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm. The Habersham site will begin operations on Saturday, May 16.

For convenience, we urge residents to call their local health department or the call center to schedule a time to get tested. With an appointment, the average time to get through the SPOC is three to five minutes. All county health departments will continue to schedule appointments during normal business hours, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. The call center hours are: 8:30 am to 7:00 pm, every day including Saturday and Sunday.

Specimen Collection sites in Franklin and Towns Counties will continue to operate on Tuesday and Friday of each week. Residents can contact the call center above, or call Franklin County Health Department at 706-384-5575, or call Hart County Health Department at 706-376-5117 to schedule testing at the Franklin County Health Department. To schedule testing at the Towns County Health Department, residents can call Towns County Health Department at 706-896-2265, Union County Health Department at 706-745-6292 or Rabun County Health Department at 706-212-0289.

Remember, for your convenience an appointment is needed at each of the Specimen Point of Collection. Please call the call center 770-531-5600 or your local health department to schedule an appointment for testing.

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