Newsletter from the Coastal Health District (July 9, 2021)

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



Weekly Update for 7.9.21

As Delta Variant Spreads in the US, the First Lady Visits Savannah to Encourage Vaccination

Let's start with some hard truths:

  • The Delta variant of the virus that causes COVID-19 is now the dominant strain in the United States.
  • The Delta variant is more contagious than previous variants.
  • The virus is spreading most quickly in areas with low vaccination rates.

But there's also hopeful news: 

  • People who are fully vaccinated are protected from the Delta variant.

If you're fully vaccinated, you have excellent protection against the known variants of the coronavirus, including the Delta variant. However, as long as the virus can still spread and mutate, we could eventually see a variant that evades our protection.

We're in a race to get people vaccinated before the virus can create a more dangerous version. That's why leaders from all levels - federal, state, and local - are renewing their appeals for widespread vaccination against COVID-19. 

Yesterday, first lady Dr. Jill Biden and U.S. Senator Raphael Warnock visited a Chatham County Health Department COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Beach High School to talk about the importance of vaccination. 

"Today we are finally getting back to the things that we lost, like hugging the people we love, catching up with friends face to face, and smiling at strangers," said Dr. Biden. "But as far as we've come, we're not done yet. Right now, only 44% of Georgia residents have had at least one shot and that's just not enough, which is why we came to Savannah today. To everyone who is listening, I'm here to ask you - to plead with you - to please get vaccinated."

The Chatham County Health Department vaccinated several individuals at the clinic including Alfred Smith, a veteran of the US. Air Force. Smith received his vaccine while the first lady and Senator Warnock stood at his side. When she asked him why he chose vaccination, he said "It's just the right thing to do." 

Ericka Bell is a local mom who brought her two children for vaccination. Dr. Biden greeted Bell and her two girls in the post-vaccination waiting area. 
Senator Warnock, a Savannah native, addressed a crowd in the school gymnasium and spoke about the relationship between vaccination and freedom. 

"The holiday we celebrated, the Fourth of July, is about freedom, and that's what this is about. It's about getting our lives back," said Sen. Warnock. "So spread the word; tell people don't fear the vaccine, be concerned about the virus."

COVID-19 vaccinations are free and readily available. In addition to your county health department, vaccines are available in many local pharmacies and healthcare facilities. 

For vaccination at one of the 8 county health departments in the Coastal Health District, visit To see other vaccination sites, visit


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.

  • Jasper Spring Church
    62 Smith Ave., Savannah
    Saturday, July 10, 1p-4p
  • Parent University Graduation
    11935 Abercorn St., Savannah
    Saturday, July 20, 10a-12p
  • Connor's Temple Baptist Church
    509 W. Gwinnett St., Savannah
    Sunday, July 11, 11a-1p
  • St. Marys First Presbyterian Church
    100 Conyers St West., St. Marys
    Friday, July 16, 10a-1p
  • Cypress Bay Baptist Church
    281 Charles Shuman Rd., Pembroke
    Friday, July 16, 10a-2p
  • MedBank
    836 East 65th St., Savannah
    Saturday, July 17, 1p-4p
  • Paynes Chapel AME
    2200 Albany St., Brunswick
    Sunday, July 18, 10a - 2p
  • Shuman Recreation Center
    800 Tupelo Trail, Hinesville
    Mon. & Tues., July 19 & 20, 9a-2p
  • College of Coastal Georgia
    1 College Drive, Brunswick
    Thursday, August 19, 9a-2p
More Info about Mobile Vaccine Clinics

Your Vaccine Story

"COVID-19 nearly took my life along with the lives of several of my family members. I got vaccinated because more than half a million people will never get the chance to see their loved ones again. Stay Safe."

- Tia Z. Brightwell

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Ask a Doctor: Why do Young, Healthy People Need a COVID-19 Vaccine?

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