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Drive-through vaccination clinic opens in Valdosta

Posted at 5:21 PM, Jan 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-18 17:21:38-05

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WTXL) — As many as 100 people per day can visit the new drive-through vaccination site at the Lowndes County Civic Center.

Mable Miles was one of the first to visit the new site and says the process was quick and painless.

"I say it was no problem. It didn't hurt because I'm afraid of needles. It didn't hurt. It was over before I realized I had had the needle," said Miles.

We caught up with her during the 15-minute period volunteers observe recipients for any allergic reactions to the vaccine. South Health District Public Information Officer Kristin Patten says observations for people receiving their COVID shots at the site have been positive.

"We have seen people who have had reactions to vaccines in the past we have not had anyone have a negative reaction to this vaccine so far," said Patten.

South Health added the site due to high demand at the main health department location and hopes their efforts will help slow the curve in Lowndes county.

"Leading into the holidays and immediately following the holidays we did see an increase in cases," said Patten. "We are continuing to see a slight increase, but not at the rate that it was, thankfully. We are hoping to see that number began to drop as more people get vaccinated."

And After receiving her shot at the new site, Miles encourages others to do the same.

"I feel everybody should be vaccinated because that'll be more protection for the ones that say that they're not going to take it. They're only, to me, doing harm to their own family," said Miles.

After the Martin Luther King holiday, the site will be open Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.