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Washington County to get mass vaccination site

Published: Mar. 3, 2021 at 3:22 PM EST
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ATLANTA (WRDW/WAGT) - Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp announced that five new state-operated COVID mass vaccination sites will open March 17, including one in Washington County.

The Sandersville site will be at the Word of Life Church, officials said at a Wednesday afternoon news conference updating the public on COVID-19 response and vaccination efforts.

Anyone living in Washington County can register now.

The other new sites announced Wednesday will be in Chatham County, Ware County, Muscogee County and Bartow County, which will join several others that have opened or been announced recently.

Augusta University got a shout-out during the news conference. In responding to questions from reporters, Kemp said the state so far largely hasn’t needed mass vaccination sites as much as other states have because the efforts are going so well on a local level. He cited the great job AU is doing in giving vaccinations.

AU recently opened its own large-scale hub in a former SteinMart on Washington Road om Augusta. The use of the site was donated by Augusta National Golf Club, which also donated money for its operation.

At the news conference, Kemp was joined by Georgia Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Kathleen Toomey and Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency Director Chris Stallings.

Kemp noted strides in getting Georgians vaccinated and said more than 80,000 doses of the new one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine are expected this week in the state. He said getting teachers vaccinated will be a priority so schools can reopen five days a week.

Toomey noted the dramatic declines in COVID-19 cases and deaths in nursing homes that are being credited to vaccinations.

And Stallings urged Georgians to register and preregister for vaccinations at https://myvaccinegeorgia.com.

Watch the news conference:

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