COVID-19 Vaccine

UGA: New Incentive Program to Promote Vaccines

Aug 10, 2021

The University of Georgia is instituting a new program to encourage vaccinations. In an email, Tuesday afternoon, UGA announced a new incentive program to promote vaccines among faculty, staff and students. The message states:

“COVID-19 continues to pose a serious threat to our family, friends, and University community. Without question, the vaccine offers the best defense against the pandemic , and we urge all faculty, staff, and students to get vaccinated, if they are able, either on campus or with a local provider.”

A University of Georgia Researcher is approaching a breakthrough in his efforts to develop a second-generation COVID-19 vaccine. Dr. Biao He was able to get his vaccine produced and testing done earlier this year, but the pandemic forced some measures to be postponed.

“So our community trial got postponed, and I’m glad to tell you right now, we got cleared by [the] FDA for community trial and we are hoping on July 26th, we will have the first patient in for the testing in the U.S.,” according to He.

The University of Georgia is strongly encouraging, but not requiring, that returning students get vaccinated, according to guidelines established by the University System of Georgia.

UGA sent an email to all current and incoming students containing a link to the USG’s Vaccination Locator. The locator tool shows students a list of the vaccination sites on 15 campuses statewide. All students have access to any of the sites, regardless of which school they attend.

ANM: How Madison County is handling the vaccination challenge

May 22, 2021

As vaccination numbers continue to rise, more rural counties face their own public health challenges. Zach Mitcham from the Madison County Journal spoke to Chris Shupe about how his county is managing the vaccination effort.

The Northeast Health District will be hosting a pop-up mobile clinic in downtown Athens this Wednesday, May 12.

The clinic will be located on College Avenue between Hancock Avenue and Washington Street, near City Hall, and will provide free COVID-19 vaccines and HIV testing.

No appointments are necessary and walk-ups are welcome. The vaccine will be the single-dose Johnson & Johnson and an instant HIV test will be available, with results provided on-site.

The pop-up will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.