Newsletter from the Coastal Health District (June 11, 2021)

The following information is courtesy of the Georgia Department of Public Health Coastal Health District

Weekly Update for 6.11.21

Georgia Vaccination Rates: Still a Lot of Work to Do

Life in coastal Georgia is beginning to look a bit more normal. Some people are venturing out, visiting with family and friends, planning trips, going to summer camps, restaurants, concerts - but is it too much, too soon?

First, let's look at the good news. Generally, transmission rates in the state and in the coastal area are falling. Our percentage of positive tests is lower, and COVID-19 hospitalization and death rates have declined significantly. Statewide, we've given more than 7 million vaccinations, and so far, these vaccines have been effective at protecting most people from serious illness - even with new variants now circulating.

But here's the more difficult news. Only 35% of Georgians are fully vaccinated, which means a majority of our residents are still vulnerable to catching and spreading COVID-19. Until more people are protected either by vaccination or acquiring antibodies, COVID-19 will continue to be a threat.

New variants are still emerging, and other countries are suffering devastating outbreaks. While we appear to be moving in the right direction, the pandemic is not yet in our rearview mirror. Future surges in infections, hospitalizations, and deaths are still possible, especially if those vaccination numbers do not improve quickly.

If you haven't yet been vaccinated, your local public health leaders hope you'll do so soon. This is our best shot - both literally and figuratively - to end the pandemic and get back to a normal life. 

Vaccination is free, safe and effective. For information about vaccination at your local health department in the Coastal Health District, visit For information about vaccination through other providers, visit


Q: Has the "Delta" variant of the COVID-19 virus been detected in Georgia?

A: Yes, the highly-transmissible Delta variant (previously known as the India variant) has been detected in Georgia, but is not thought be widespread at this time. Vaccination is critical to stopping the spread of COVID and decreasing the number of variants that emerge.

People who are unvaccinated or skip their second dose of vaccine are targets for infection. The Georgia Department of Public Health urges all Georgians age 12 and older to get vaccinated against COVID. If you receive either Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, you must get your second dose to ensure you are fully protected. Individuals are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their final dose of vaccine.


Mobile Clinics in the Coastal Health District

The Coastal Health District and CORE (Community Organized Relief Effort) have several mobile vaccination clinics scheduled in the coming weeks.

These pop-up vaccination clinics are open to anyone age 12 and older, and there is no cost for vaccine. You can pre-register for an appointment, but walk-ups are also welcome.

  • St. Mary's Summer Festival
    400 Osborne Street, St. Marys
    Saturday, June 12, 9a - 8p
  • Jesus First, The Community Church
    2202 US Hwy 80, Garden City
    Saturday, June 12, 10:15a - 3p
  • Patron Bar and Grill
    4395 Ogeechee Rd., Savannah
    Tuesday, June 15, 11a - 4p    
  • Park Place Outreach
    514 East Henry St., Savannah
    Wednesday, June 16, 11a - 3p    
  • Conquest Insurance
    1024 US Hwy 80, #117, Pooler
    Saturday, June 19, 10a - 3p    
  • MedBank
    836 E. 65th St., Suite #12
    Saturday, June 26, 1 - 4p    
More Info about Mobile Vaccine Clinics

Your Vaccine Story

“At Neighborhood Comics, our community comes first. Because our staff members got the vaccine, we’re modeling our favorite superheroes and proving our commitment to keeping our neighbors healthy and safe. We miss getting together with our tribe in person. By getting the vaccine, we’re taking a big step to getting back to normal and celebrating the things we love with our community.”

- Lee H., Savannah

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If you've received the COVID-19 vaccine, why was that the right choice for you? We'd like to hear your COVID-19 vaccine story. We may share it here and at to help inform and inspire others. 

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COVID-19 Vaccine & Fertility

Dr. Cherie Hill, an OB/GYN at Emory University Hospital, addresses questions about the COVID-19 vaccine and fertility. 
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