Newsletter from the Coastal Health District (November 5, 2021)

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Weekly Update for 11.5.21
Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccinations Available Beginning Monday, Nov. 8

Parents of 5-11-year-old children can now schedule appointments for pediatric COVID-19 vaccinations beginning Monday, November 8th.

Appointments can be scheduled for the following public health clinics in the Coastal Health District: 

  • Chatham Co. Health Dept. Annex (former EmployAbility building) – 1249 Eisenhower Dr.
  • Chatham Co. Health Dept. main clinic – 1395 Eisenhower Dr.
  • Glynn Co. Health Department – 2747 Fourth St., Brunswick

You do not have to be a resident of the county to be vaccinated in each location. Additional pediatric vaccination sites may be offered soon.

There is no out-of-pocket cost for the vaccination regardless of insurance status. Appointments are required and can be scheduled online at or via the button below. For assistance, you may also call our COVID-19 Vaccination Phone Bank at 912-230-5506 Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Friday from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. 

Schedule Appointment

Questions and Answers about COVID-19 Vaccine for Kids

Q: Do children younger than 12 need to be vaccinated?

A: With many children back in school and participating in extracurricular activities, and with upcoming holidays and family gatherings, COVID-19 vaccination among children ages 5 through 11 years is critical. Vaccination is key to preventing infection and possible severe disease, as well as reducing the spread of COVID-19.

Q: Are COVID-19 vaccines safe for children in this age group?

A: Based on data from the clinical trial, children may have some side effects from COVID-19 vaccination, which are normal signs that their body is building protection. Serious side effects are rare, but may occur.

Q: Is there a fertility/development concern with vaccinating children before they reach puberty?

A: No. There is no evidence that any vaccines, including COVID-19 vaccines, can cause female or male fertility problems.

Q: Is this Pfizer vaccine the same one that’s given to adolescents and adults?

A: The Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine for children ages 5 through 11 has the same active ingredients as the vaccine given to adults and adolescents. However, children ages 5 through 11 will receive an age-appropriate dose that is one-third of what adolescents and adults receive. Smaller, child-sized needles will be used.

COVID-19 vaccine dosage does not vary by patient weight but by age on the day of vaccination. Children are still required to get two doses three weeks apart to be considered fully vaccinated. 


How COVID-19 Vaccines Work in Children

In this video from the American Academy of Pediatrics, learn how mRNA vaccines work like invisible coaches to teach your child's immune system to recognize the virus. 

Mobile COVID-19 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 in the Coastal Health District

The Coastal Health District offers free PCR COVID-19 testing at six locations each week. Testing is available in Savannah, Brunswick, St. Marys, Hinesville, and Springfield.

There is no out-of-pocket cost for testing, regardless of insurance status. Results are typically available in 24-48 hours. 

Click here for more information and to pre-register for a COVID-19 test.

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