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Seniors receive vaccine in Lowndes County for Phase 1A

Posted at 7:16 PM, Jan 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-11 19:16:16-05

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WTXL) — The South Health District building in Lowndes county was the site of more than 200 people now eligible to take the vaccine, including seniors 65 and older and law enforcement officers, who rolled up their sleeves to get the Moderna vaccine.

According to the Georgia Department of Health's website, the state has seen almost 194,000 vaccinations take place.

The increase in demand is something the health department expected but is still working out ways to make sure that everyone eligible under Phase 1A who wants the vaccine, gets it.

"We're kind of learning as we go. We're definitely suffering from growing pains, but we're doing the same thing from when we first started testing," said South Health Districts Public Information Officer Kristin Patten.

Patten said she is happy with the response Lowndes County residents have had to take the vaccine.

"We have been very busy, but that is a great problem to have. So we would much rather this than the alternative, the more people we can get vaccinated the better, so we are very thankful," said Patten.

Law enforcement officers couldn't receive the vaccine unless they were directly involved with medical emergencies. Now, under Phase 1A, all law enforcement in Georgia can receive the shot.