McDONOUGH — The Georgia Department of Public Health has launched a COVID vaccine locator, allowing residents to search by county for a vaccine provider.

Henry County is offering vaccines at the health department, 35 Henry Parkway in McDonough, in addition to vaccination events held at Atlanta Motor Speedway, by appointment only.

Similarly, Piedmont Henry Hospital is offering vaccinations to patients whom they’ve contacted.

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“Piedmont is not conducting walk-in clinics,” said Communication Specialist Michael Boylan in a release. “As additional supply becomes available, we will continue to contact patients to schedule additional appointments for vaccinations.”

Hospital officials are asking residents not to call or visit Piedmont locations unless they have an appointment.

“Calling or visiting without an appointment or many hours before your appointed time interferes with our ability to provide patient care at this critical time.”

Georgia kicked off phase 1A+ of its vaccine distribution on Monday. Vaccinations are available to healthcare workers, long-term care facilities staff and residents, adults ages 65 and older and their care givers as well as law enforcement and fire department personnel.

DPH officials said additional locations will be added to the website when providers are ready to “safely administer vaccine and as vaccine supply allows.”

DPH noted that administering the COVID-19 vaccine is more complicated than other vaccines because it required providers to have more resources available and space to allow for monitoring following the shot.

“As both Pfizer and Moderna are able to ramp up production of vaccine in the coming weeks, supply should better meet demand for each phase of allocation and administration,” Georgia DPH officials said in a release. “Until that time, providers and the public are urged to be patient as we work together to get vaccine distributed in the most efficient and equitable way possible.”

Residents statewide, including those who have been vaccinated, are asked to continue following basic preventative measures including wearing a mask, social distancing and washing your hands.

To use the new locator tool, visit www.dph.georgia.gov.

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