Columbus Health Department providing pop-up clinics to administer COVID-19 vaccine in rural counties

Columbus Health Department providing pop-up clinics to administer COVID-19 vaccine in rural counties

COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - The West Central Health District serves 16 counties in the region, and some of those counties have very limited access to the COVID-19 vaccine.

This is one reason why the Columbus Health Department hosts pop-up clinics in those more rural counties.

Pamela Kirkland with the Columbus Health Department says residents in rural counties must have pre-registered and already contacted by a department worker to receive the vaccine. This is required because the health department uses the total number of people registered and scheduled to receive a vaccine to gauge just how many vaccines they will need since there is limited quantity.

“When we have more people registered in one county than another one, that is when we will try to come together and work to get all those people done in a pop-up situation,” said Kirkland.

There will be two pop-up clinics Saturday. One clinic will be in Harris County and another in Columbus. The clinics will be drive-thru style where nurses will administer the COVID-19 vaccine to those people who are registered in their vehicles.

There will also be an opportunity for residents in Dooly County to receive a COVD-19 vaccine Monday at their department of public health.

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