Newsletter from the Coastal Health District (February 4, 2022)

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


Weekly Update for 2.4.22
COVID-19 Vaccine from Moderna Receives Full FDA Approval

In the U.S., we now have two fully approved COVID-19 vaccines in our pandemic-fighting toolkit. This week the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine, now marketed as Spikevax. 

In December of 2020, the vaccine was granted emergency use authorization for the prevention of COVID-19 in individuals 18 years of age and older. Since that time, the FDA has continued to study the vaccine's safety and effectiveness, which led to the next step: full approval. 

Similarly, the Pfizer vaccine was given full approval in August of 2021 and is now being marketed as Comirnaty.

Why This Matters:

  • The public can feel confident that Spikevax meets the FDA’s rigorous standards for safety, effectiveness, and manufacturing quality required for approval of all vaccines in the U.S.
  • Although hundreds of millions of doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine have already been safely given under the emergency use authorization, this full approval may give some people additional confidence when considering vaccination.

Where you can get the Moderna vaccine for free in the Coastal Health District:

The following public health clinics offer Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine for ages 18 and older. Click any clinic in the list below to schedule an appointment: 

For availability information about the COVID-19 vaccines by Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson, visit


Mobile Vaccination Clinics This Weekend

Getting a COVID-19 vaccine has never been easier. The vaccine is free, and in addition to our clinic offerings, we also have mobile vaccination clinics scheduled throughout our communities. Appointments are not required; walk-ups are welcome.

These four mobile clinics are scheduled in Savannah this weekend. 

  • K&M Multiservice @ 5584 Ogeechee Rd., Saturday, Feb. 5, 12-4 p.m.
  • Shiv's Convenience Store @ 2801 Montgomery St., Saturday, Feb. 5, 1-4 p.m.
  • Little Bryan Missionary Baptist Church @ 509 East Gwinnett St., Sunday, Feb. 6, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Keller's Flea Market @ 5901 Ogeechee Rd., Sunday, Feb. 6, 12-4 p.m.

Next week we also have mobile vaccination clinics scheduled in Brunswick, St. Marys, and Rincon. Click here for a complete list of mobile vaccination opportunities


Free N95 Respirators

A high-quality N95 respirator offers good protection against catching and spreading the virus that causes COVID-19. The federal government is shipping millions of these masks from the Strategic National Stockpile so individuals across the country can get masks for free. 

We do not have free N95 respirators at our county health departments. The masks have been sent to pharmacies and federally qualified healthcare centers.

The pharmacies that are expected to receive these masks are in the federal pharmacy retail program like CVS, Walgreens, Publix, Kroger, Walmart, and others. 

Federally Qualified Healthcare Centers are being added to the list as well. 


How mRNA Vaccines Were Developed

From the American Academy of Pediatrics: Scientists have been developing the technology for messenger RNA vaccines for over 30 years. COVID-19 vaccination is the best way to protect your child from disease and to help them thrive. 
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