Feb. 16, 2021
COVID-19 & Vaccination Update:
From the Desk of Mayor Mike Bodker
Greetings Johns Creek!

I am pleased to share with you that the transmission rates of COVID-19 in Johns Creek as well as Fulton County are decreasing week over week and of the overall Incidence Rate in Johns Creek had a 37.7% decrease as compared to the last reporting period. The decrease in the number of new cases and new hospitalizations is encouraging and this is the direction we need to continue pursuing. 
 
On the vaccine front, it is critical to note that Fulton County Board of Health is in the process of changing to the new statewide Vaccine Registration and Administration Solution (VRAS) appointment scheduling system as directed by the Georgia Department of Health. The Georgia Department of Health (DPH) is working to have a unified user-friendly system that makes it easier for all Georgians to schedule a COVID-19 vaccination. The DPH states the new system will eliminate many of the frustrations residents currently experience when they are unable to schedule an appointment using our current system.

The system is expected to launch no later than February 21, 2021. However, if the implementation is postponed, the current scheduling system will remain in place to ensure waitlisted Phase 1A+ are scheduled for vaccinations.

Effective 9 p.m. on February 9, the wait list for Group 1A+ appointments will close. This will allow approximately 28,000 individuals on the wait list to be served during the transition to the statewide system.

All individuals who are in need of second dose appointments will be contacted directly to schedule those appointments.

Residents over age 65 and those who do not have Internet access may call the 404-613-8150 from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on weekdays for more information about the vaccine. Call volume is high at peak times. If you are not able to get through, please try again later. The DPH asks residents to NOT report to the vaccine site without an appointment. No vaccines will be given without an appointment.

Please note that vaccine supplies are still extremely limited. 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.  
 
COVID VACCINE INFORMATION
At this time, the following are eligible to receive vaccines:
  • Paid or unpaid people serving in healthcare settings who have the potential for direct or indirect exposure to patients or infectious materials, including but not limited to Staff in clinical settings (e.g. nurses, physicians, EMS, laboratory, environmental services, etc.)
  • Long-term care facilities staff and residents
  • Adults 65 + and their caregivers
  • First Responders (fire, police, sheriff, 9-1-1 personnel, etc.)
  • If you are eligible to receive a vaccine, you can schedule an appointment using these steps:

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 or contact your doctor.

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

OTHER VACCINE PROVIDERS
In addition to Fulton County, private pharmacies and health providers also offer the COVID-19 vaccine. To view a list of other vaccine providers, please visit:  https://dph.georgia.gov/locations/covid-vaccination-site

MORE QUESTIONS?
Call the Fulton County Board of Health COVID-19 hotline at 404-613-8150. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays or the Georgia Department of Public Health COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline at (888) 357-0169.

Even after receiving the vaccine, it is important to continue wearing masks, practice social distancing, and wash hands frequently.
In the recent two week reporting period (1/23to 2/5), there were fewer new cases of COVID-19 in Fulton County than the previous two weeks (1/9-1/22).
 
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 several 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 208 fewer new diagnoses between the most recent 14 days (1/23to 2/5) preceding the most recent 7 days and the 14 days preceding that (1/9 to 1/22).
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 CONTINUE to reduce our numbers.

Stay safe,
Mike Bodker
Mayor, City of Johns Creek