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Hospital hopes to vaccinate 1,000 next month

February 19, 2021 - 00:00
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Applications available on the Morgan Medical Center portal

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County Commissioner Ben Riden, who serves as the BOC’s liaison to the Morgan County Hospital Authority, announced during the Feb. 16 BOC meeting that Morgan County Medical Center hopes to vaccinate at least 1,000 Tier 1 Madison and Morgan County residents for COVID-19 next month.

According to the hospital website, registration forms were made available on vaccine Feb. 17. Morgan Medical staff will contact qualifying applicants in the order in which their application was received to schedule their vaccination appointment.

Applicants must meet the criteria outlined by the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to receive the Moderna vaccine. Those eligible include: healthcare workers (physicians, nurses, laboratory technicians, EMS personnel, environmental services, etc.); residents and staff of long-term care facilities; adults aged 65 and older and their caregivers; law enforcement personnel, firefighters and first responders

The vaccinations will be given in a drive up line at the old Morgan Memorial Hospital site at 1077 South Main Street campus in Madison.

According to Riden, anyone who has already had the first of the two shot series must return to the site where the first shot was given for the second dose. Only those getting the first shot will be accepted during the Morgan County clinic.

If you are scheduled for an appointment, you will need to provide a copy of your Georgia driver’s license or identification card when you arrive.

Riden said the hospital hopes to vaccinate 500 people per day during the two clinic and hopes to have the first round of doses available by the middle of March.

The hospital website says that “as the state moves to its next phase of vaccine distribution and more doses become available to the hospital, the application process may be amended to include additional qualifying residents.”