Feb. 1, 2021
COVID-19 & Vaccination Update:
From the Desk of Mayor Mike Bodker
Greetings Johns Creek!

I’m pleased to share the following important information on the COVID-19 vaccine availability in Fulton County.

I am also happy to report that for the first time in many months we experienced a reduction in the overall incidence rate. We need to continue this trend and cannot lose sight of what we need to do to reduce the amount of infections in our community. This an important indicator of the overall Incidence Rate in Johns Creek which realized an 8.5% decrease as compared to the last reporting period. We must remain cautious, vigilant, and attentive to not risking exposure to and not transmitting this virus.

It’s important to know that the COVID-19 vaccine is available from the Fulton County Board of Health, but supplies are very limited. At this time, the following are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine:
 
  • Healthcare workers
  • Long-term care facilities staff and residents
  • Adults 65 + and their caregivers
  • First Responders (fire, police, sheriff, 9-1-1 personnel, etc.)
 
Because vaccine supplies are still limited, there is a waiting list. Appointments will be released weekly, subject to availability of the vaccine. Those on the waiting list may need to wait several weeks.

JOIN THE WAITING LIST FOR FIRST DOSE APPOINTMENTS
Online: Visit the Board of Health information page, scroll down and enter your email address to join the waiting list.
 
By Phone: Put your name on the vaccine wait list by calling 404-613-8150 from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on weekdays.  
 
Additionally, private pharmacies and health providers also offer the COVID-19 vaccine. Go to https://dph.georgia.gov/locations/covid-vaccination-site for a list of vaccine providers.

SECOND DOSE APPOINTMENTS
If you received a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine from the Fulton County Board of Health through January 19, you will be contacted directly to schedule your second dose.
 
If you received the first dose January 20 or later, you will be scheduled for your second appointment at the time of your first appointment.

NEW VACCINE LOCATOR:
The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is coordinating vaccine distributions to locations throughout Georgia. As part of this effort, the DPH has developed a "Vaccine Locator" tool where citizens can type in the name of a city or facility to see a filtered list of vaccination sites. The City of Johns Creek has used this data to display a map which shows all of the locations within the DPH’s Vaccine Locator tool as points on a map so the public can more easily find their nearest vaccination site. You can access the tool at: https://datahub.johnscreekga.gov/pages/covid-vaccine
 
Please note that none of these sites are managed by the City of Johns Creek. In order to get vaccinated, you will need to contact one of the locations in the map below or contact your doctor.

For additional information on the COVID-19 vaccine, please visit the Fulton County Board of Health COVID-19 vaccine page:

In coming months, when greater quantities of the vaccine become available, it will be available to more people. In time, everyone who wants to the vaccine will be able to get it. Even after receiving the vaccine, it is important to continue to wearing masks, practicing social distancing, and washing hands frequently.
In the recent two week reporting period (1/9-1/22), there were fewer new cases of COVID-19 in Fulton County than the previous two weeks (12/26-1/8).
 
According to additional data sources including state and local health agencies and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, cases in Fulton County are extremely high but have decreased over the past two weeks. The number of hospitalized Covid patients has risen in the Fulton County area, and I.C.U. occupancy is very high. Deaths have remained at about the same level while the test positivity rate in Fulton County is very high, suggesting that cases could be significantly undercounted.

The recent decrease in new diagnoses is positive news but we need to be careful. There were 54 fewer new diagnoses between the most recent 14 days (1/9/21 to 1/22/21) preceding the most recent 7 days and the 14 days preceding that (12/26/20 to 1/8/21).
Data at the state of Georgia level

Considering the most recent data from the Georgia Department of Public Health daily overview of testing and cases the seven day average of confirmed cases has increased steadily throughout October. The information below represents confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported to the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) as of 2/1/2021.
TESTING INFORMATION: If you believe you may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, please take the initiative to get tested. You may schedule a free COVID-19 test regardless of symptoms at covid19.dph.ga.gov and for appointments by phone call 404-613-8150. However it is quicker to schedule an appointment online due to the volume of calls. Calls are accepted during these times: 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. on weekdays and 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Saturdays. Testing site locations, dates, and/or times are subject to change. For the latest information on testing, please visit: https://www.fultoncountyga.gov/covid-19/covid-testing-sites
 
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at

Please follow CDC guidelines and let’s start to reduce our numbers.

Stay safe,
Mike Bodker
Mayor, City of Johns Creek