North Central Health District receives COVID-19 vaccine

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) –The North Central Health District received its first shipments of COVID-19 for the district Wednesday.

1,300 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, which does not require ultracold storage, arrived at multiple NCHD locations in the 13-county district.

“This is a very exiting time for our health district,” said Judy McChargue, NCHD District Nursing Director. “We’ve been awaiting COVID-19 vaccine from Moderna since the EUA was established. This vaccine will be a great tool to help protect the frontline workers that have given so much during this pandemic.”

NCHD and the Department of Public Health are following recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and the CDC for vaccine distribution.

Vaccination for the groups in Phase 1A will begin Monday, Dec. 28. Those that are eligible for vaccination in this group include:

  • Healthcare providers 
    • This group includes paid and unpaid people serving in a healthcare setting who have the potential for direct or indirect exposure to patients or infectious materials and includes, but is no limited to: physicians, nurses, dentists, laboratory workers, environmental services, EMS, fire department that provides health services, etc.
  • Employees and residents of long-term care facilities 

As the supply becomes more available, more groups will be eligible to receive the vaccine.

“Our first goal is to vaccinate the vaccinators and those that have experienced high-risk of COVID-19,” said McChargue. “It will take some time to move through each phase and group prioritized for vaccination, but we’re looking forward to the day when the vaccine is offered to everyone in our communities.”

For more information about the COVID-19 vaccine, including safety information, EUA documents, post-vaccination reporting, eligibility and more, visit NCHD52.org/covidvaccine.

For additional Georgia COVID-19 vaccine information, visit dph.georgia.gov/covid-vaccine.
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