Newsletter from the Coastal Health District (September 26, 2021)

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

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Weekly Update for 9.26.21
Pfizer Boosters Shots Available Monday


Beginning Monday, Sept. 27, the Coastal Health District will offer booster shots of Pfizer vaccine to eligible individuals.

This week the Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approved booster shots for the following individuals who received Pfizer vaccine more than six months ago:

  • Individuals age 65 and older,
  • Residents in long-term care settings,
  • Individuals age 18 and older with certain underlying medical conditions, and
  • Individuals age 18 and older who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure because of where they work or live.

COVID-19 vaccines are still working very well to prevent severe illness, hospitalization, and death, even against the more contagious Delta variant.

However, public health experts are starting to see the protection decrease over time. A booster shot is meant to increase that protection in people who are at high risk of complications from COVID-19 because of age or health, or people who are at high risk of exposure to the virus.

These decisions by the FDA and CDC do not apply to individuals who received Moderna vaccine or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. Data from booster trials involving these vaccines will be evaluated in the coming weeks and additional recommendations could be issued.

Please note: not every health department has Pfizer vaccine available. The following locations do offer Pfizer vaccine by appointment, and can give booster doses to eligible individuals: 

  • Chatham Co. Health Dept. main clinic – 1395 Eisenhower Dr.
  • Chatham Co. Health Dept. Annex (former EmployAbility building) - 1249 Eisenhower Dr.
  • West Chatham Site @ Gulfstream - 171 Crossroads Parkway, Savannah
  • Savannah Fire Station #3 - 121 East Oglethorpe Ave., Savannah
  • Glynn Co. Health Department - 2747 Fourth St., Brunswick
  • Effingham Co. Health Department - 802 Hwy. 119 South, Springfield
  • Liberty Co. Health Dept. - 1113 East Oglethorpe Hwy., Hinesville

Dates and hours vary at each location, so please visit for more details and to schedule an appointment. For assistance, you may also call our COVID-19 Vaccination Phone Bank at 912-230-5506. The phone bank is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.






$100 Incentive for COVID-19 Vaccinations
in Long County

Next week, you can get up to $100 for COVID-19 vaccination at the Long County Health Department.

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

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.

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.



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





Your vaccine story



"Being immune compromised with Multiple Sclerosis and working a full time job is demanding and scary being around the public. I contracted Covid-19 in late December and had a hard time with the illness. It took a month for me to recover from Covid and I still suffer from the effects of the disease today. I chose to get the vaccine even after testing positive several months consistently with the antibodies because of the Delta variant and my community. I never want to encounter this horrible disease that has taken so many lives and made my family worried and my life stop. Knowing that I already fought an illness, another illness was not on my time table. I am not an individual that wants to stay down. I want to do my part to help end this pandemic and keep this pandemic far away from anyone. It was terrifying to get my first shot, but I was completely fine. All the horror stories I have seen and heard simply weren’t true for me. I had nothing at injection and felt slightly under the weather for a few days. I’ll sacrifice a few days to breathe easier. All the variants of this virus may still happen and I need all the added protection I can get. I am eager and grateful to be able to get my second dose of the vaccine soon. I plan on getting the booster after, as a compromised individual. I feel protected, responsible and helpful to stomp out this virus. I hope others will too!"

-Laura R., Savannah



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





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.











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