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Georgia's South Health District to open drive-through vaccination site

Posted at 11:18 PM, Jan 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-13 23:18:46-05

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WTXL) — In a special city council meeting, Georgia's South Health District announced they will open a drive-through vaccination clinic in Valdosta.

The new site will open Monday at the local civic center in an effort to get as many people vaccinated in their area as possible.

The decision comes after health officials responded to more than 4,000 requests for vaccinations. The health department is currently vaccinating about 200 people per day and hopes to increase its numbers.

"In order to meet that demand, we felt that it was best to open up this second site starting next Monday," said Kristin Patten, Georgia South Health District's Public Information Officer and Risk Communicator. "We're starting off with a goal of around 100. We hope that will be able to step that up. We just don't wanna shoot for the sky quite yet. We wanna make sure that we can get running smoothly before we overbook ourselves."

The announcement comes as health department officials experience a high volume of calls for people hoping to be vaccinated. They've hired about six additional staff members to assist with returning calls from as early as Jan. 5.

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