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
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.