Newsletter from the Coastal Health District (October 1, 2021)

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


cording to the CDC, through September 27th, there were more than 125,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in pregnant people including more than 22,000 hospitalizations and 161 deaths. Twenty-two of those deaths occurred in the month of August alone. Cases of COVID-19 in symptomatic, pregnant people have a two-fold risk of admission into intensive care and a 70 percent increased risk of death.

The risks aren't limited to the mother, either. Pregnant people with COVID-19 are at increased risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes that could include preterm birth, stillbirth, and admission into the ICU of a newborn also infected with COVID-19.

If you are pregnant, you might want to have a conversation with your healthcare provider about COVID-19 vaccination. While such a conversation might be helpful, it is not required before vaccination. You can receive a COVID-19 vaccine without any additional documentation from your healthcare provider.

CDC strongly recommends COVID-19 vaccination either before or during pregnancy because the benefits of vaccination outweigh known or potential risks. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine also recommend COVID-19 vaccination for pregnant women. 

If you are pregnant and have questions about COVID-19 vaccine:

If you would like to speak to someone about COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy, you can contact MotherToBaby. MotherToBaby experts are available to answer questions in English or Spanish by phone or chat. The free and confidential service is available Monday–Friday 8am–5pm (local time). To reach MotherToBaby: 

Call 1-866-626-6847
Chat live or email an expert at MotherToBaby


How mRNA Vaccines Work

Messenger RNA vaccines - also called mRNA vaccines - are a new type of vaccine to protect against infectious diseases. This video explains how mRNA vaccines word.

mRNA vaccines do not use the live virus that causes COVID-19, and they cannot give you COVID-19. mRNA vaccines do not affect or interact with our DNA in any way.

Researchers have been studying and working with mRNA vaccines for decades. Interest has grown in these vaccines because they can be developed in a laboratory using readily available materials. This means the process can be standardized and scaled up, making vaccine development faster than traditional methods of making vaccines. 

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

"At first I was not going to get it. Covid never really scared me and I thought there were people who needed it more than me.

I'm a school teacher and I hated teaching online. My students struggled and I wanted students back in the classroom. Students need to be in the classroom and get that in-person instruction, but also for the socializing with other students.

So I wanted to do my part to make parents, students, community members, etc. feel good about sending their students to my classroom.

Covid-19 vaccination was the right choice for me because my students' education is important to me."

-Raymon W., 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 multiple locations, including Savannah, Pooler, Brunswick, St. Marys, Springfield, and Hinesville.

Click here for locations and pre-registration for COVID-19 testing by the Coastal Health District. 

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

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