Newsletter from the Coastal Health District (September 17, 2021)

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

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Weekly Update for 9.17.21
COVID-19 Vaccine Updates in the Coastal Health District

$100 Incentive for COVID-19 Vaccinations in Long County

The Coastal Health District and Long County Health Department will give Visa gift cards to the first 100 people who get vaccinated against COVID-19 on Thursday, September 30th at the health department. Vaccinations will be available from 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. and 1 – 5 p.m.

The Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) and Moderna vaccines will be available and are approved for people 18 and older. Appointments are required and can be scheduled at by choosing the Long County Health Department scheduling link for Moderna or Johnson and Johnson. Appointments can also be scheduled by calling 912-230-5506 Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Only 18% of Long County residents are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. “COVID is killing a lot of folks,” said Long County Sheriff, Craig Nobles. “There’s a lot of misinformation out there about the vaccine, but the truth is that it will help save people in my community and surrounding communities. We’re all in this together.”

Janssen is a one dose vaccine and Moderna requires two doses, four weeks apart. Anyone receiving a Janssen vaccine at the event will be given Visa gift cards valued at $100.  Anyone receiving the first dose of Moderna vaccine will receive a $50 gift card that day, and then another $50 gift card when they return for their second dose in four weeks.

Anyone with one previous Moderna vaccination who gets the second dose at the event will be eligible for a $50 Visa gift card; please bring your CDC vaccination card documenting your first dose. The giveaway is not retroactive and only applies to first and second doses.

New Vaccination and Testing Sites in West Chatham County

The Chatham County Health Department has expanded COVID-19 testing and vaccination services into the western portion of the county in partnership with Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., Georgia Tech Savannah, CORE, and Mako Medical. 

The new drive-through COVID-19 testing site is located on the Georgia Tech Savannah Campus at 210 Technology Circle, Savannah GA 31407. The health department has partnered with Mako Medical to offer PCR testing services at the site Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. There is no cost for COVID-19 testing through public health. Appointments are not required for testing, but pre-registration is strongly recommended for a faster visit at the specimen collection site. To pre-register for a COVID-19 test, visit

The new COVID-19 vaccination clinic is located at 171 Crossroads Parkway, Savannah, GA 31407.

The health department has partnered with CORE (Community Organized Relief Effort) to offer COVID-19 vaccinations at the site Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Pfizer vaccine will be available each day, Johnson and Johnson vaccine will be available on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and Moderna vaccine will be available on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

There is no cost for vaccination. Appointments are required, and you can schedule an appointment for vaccination at


Mobile Vaccination Clinics
in the Coastal Health District

The Coastal Health District and CORE (Community Organized Relief Effort) offer mobile vaccination clinics throughout our area. The clinics are open to anyone age 12 and older, and there is no cost for vaccine.

Click the button below to view upcoming events and pre-register for an appointment. Walk ups are also welcome.

More Info about Mobile Vaccine Clinics

COVID-19 Testing:

The Coastal Health District now offers free COVID-19 testing in 6 locations: 

  • At the Savannah Civic Center
  • In West Chatham on the GA Tech Savannah Campus
  • In Glynn County across from Southeast Georgia Health System
  • At the Camden County Health Dept. in St. Marys
  • In Effingham County across from Effingham Health System
  • In Hinesville at James Brown Park

Click here to pre-register for a COVID-19 test through public health

For other testing locations, visit the website of the Georgia Department of Public Health


Your vaccine story

"Except for clean water and hand hygiene, one of the most significant health initiatives to decrease disease is effective vaccine programs. Millions of people around the world have benefited from these programs. The COVID-19 vaccine was safely developed and tested and has a high efficacy rate, meaning it works."
-Shontae Buffington, MD 

Tell us your vaccine story!

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. 

Click the button below and tell us Your Vaccine Story! 

Share Your Vaccine Story
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