Pam Register, Respiratory Therapist Supervisor receiving the Moderna Covid-19 Vaccine on December 22, 2020

Information About the COVID-19 Vaccines

Georgia Department of Public Health Expands Vaccine Program to Phase 1A

The Georgia Department of Public Health and the Governor's Office released new details Tuesday about the expansion of the COVID-19 vaccine during the first phase of distribution.

More than 1,900 healthcare workers and nursing home residents have already received the vaccine. Now Georgia residents who are 65 and older as well as all first responders are eligible. That will include law enforcement and firefighters in addition to EMTs and paramedics.

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December 22, 2020- The first doses of Moderna's COVID-19 have arrived in Seminole county at the office of Seminole County Public Health.

Donalsonville Hospital front line workers will begin receiving the vaccine immediately. Dr. Jeff Holley, Chief of Staff, was the first medical staff physician to receive the vaccine on Tuesday morning. Followed by Pam Register, Respiratory Therapist Supervisor and other front-line employees involved in direct COVID-19 patient care. Seminole Manor Nursing home residents will receive their vaccinations through Walmart Pharmacy.

Like the Pfizer vaccine, the Moderna vaccine requires a second dose within 28 days.

"Our staff is eager and ready to go," said Chuck Orrick, Donalsonville Hospital Administrator, "This has been a huge undertaking and Penny Horne, Director of Seminole Public Health has been absolutely essential in getting this vaccine to rural Georgia as quickly has she did. We are so very appreciative of everyone who has worked tirelessly to plan and execute this historic public health event."

Orrick says the vaccine will be staggered to ensure adequate staffing remains in place in the event of vaccination side effects, known to be more common after the second dose. Once the front-line employees are vaccinated, the next tier of essential hospital and medical office workers will be offered the opportunity as more doses become available.

More information about when vaccines will be available for the general population will be coming in the next few weeks. In the meantime, Seminole County residents should continue to follow recommended safety precautions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. According to the CDC, everyone should wear a mask in public settings and when around people who don't live in your household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.

To learn more about vaccine distribution guidance, you can visit the Georgia Department Of Public Health

Coronavirus FAQ

Q: What is coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some causing respiratory illness in people and others circulating among animals. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can evolve and infect people and then spread between people. Previous coronavirus outbreaks have included severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). COVID-19 is the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2.

Q: What are the symptoms of coronavirus?

Symptoms of COVID-19 are flu-like and include fever, cough, sore throat and shortness of breath. Most people develop only mild symptoms. But some people, usually those with other medical complications, may develop more severe symptoms, including pneumonia.

Q: Should I be worried about getting infected with COVID-19 at a Donalsonville Hospital or any of the affiliated clinics?

Our hospital and clinics have protocols and systems in place to keep all patients, visitors and healthcare workers safe.

Q: I have a regularly scheduled appointment with my doctor. What should I do?

In most cases, you should keep your regular appointments. If you are worried, please contact your care team via phone to discuss your concerns. If you are a patient who is at high-risk for complications from respiratory illness, your clinic may want to reschedule your appointment. If you have a previously scheduled appointment and have developed a fever, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath, please contact the clinic before coming to your appointment.

Q: What do I do if I have COVID-19 symptoms?

If you start to feel ill, try not to panic. The majority of people who get the novel coronavirus experience minor symptoms and do not need medical care. First, call your doctor. If you have a mild case, you may be able to treat your symptoms at home. Staying home helps prevent you from exposing other people to the illness. For those who have a more serious case, calling in advance will allow the urgent or emergent care team to prepare for your arrival at the hospital with tools such as masks, alternative entryways into the hospital and rooms with controlled airflow.

Q: Do I need to be tested for COVID-19?

Not everyone who feels sick needs to be tested. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that you should call your doctor if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms and have recently traveled to countries or regions where the coronavirus is spreading or have been in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19. If you are only experiencing mild symptoms and have not been in contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or traveled to one of the countries where infection has spread, you do not need to be tested.

Q: How does it spread?

Although we have a lot to learn about this virus, it appears to spread like other respiratory viruses - by people with the infection coughing and sneezing. These droplets are inhaled by other people or moved to the eyes, nose or mouth by contaminated hands.

Q: How can I keep myself, my family and my friends safe?

The most important steps to take are the same as for every cold and flu season: Wash your hands frequently. Stay home if you are feeling ill. If you experience symptoms, call your doctor's office. They will help you determine if you need to be seen and provide you with instructions for seeking medical care. Here are some more helpful prevention tips.

Q: Where can I learn more about COVID-19?

You can stay up to date on the latest information and guidelines by visiting the CDC website at