COVID-19 Vaccination Information
ACCA’s mission is to promote a lifetime of wellness through engagement, advocacy, education and support. We have maintained this mission throughout COVID-19 and will continue to be ardent advocates in keeping our most vulnerable citizens safe. Much like our strong support of the proven methods of helping to slow the spread of the virus – wearing a mask, keeping a safe, social distance and washing of hands – we also believe the COVID-19 vaccination is a powerful tool to fight against the virus. Our confidence in the vaccine stems from continued trust in the leading scientific experts like the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Vaccines will help curb the spread of the virus and will help save countless lives. We encourage you to register for your vaccine. In doing so, you will help safeguard yourself and your family, friends, neighbors and the most vulnerable within our community.
This page has been created to serve as a resource tool to provide information on vaccine safety, the available vaccines and ways to pre-register for yours. Please reach out to your primary healthcare provider for additional guidance and any questions or concerns you may have related to your personal health and wellness.
COVID-19 Vaccine Types and Safety
According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) vaccines, as with all products regulated by FDA, undergo a rigorous review of laboratory and clinical data to ensure the safety, efficacy, purity and potency of these products. Vaccines approved for marketing may also be required to undergo additional studies to further evaluate the vaccine and often to address specific questions about the vaccine’s safety, effectiveness or possible side effects.
Currently, two vaccines are authorized and are being administered throughout the U.S. The Pfizer vaccine and the vaccine from Moderna. According to the Georgia Department of Public Health, more than 70,000 people participated in clinical trials for the two vaccines to see if they are safe and effective.
- On Tuesday (4/13), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced they are reviewing data involving a small number of reported cases of a rare and serious type of blood clot in individuals after receiving the J&J vaccine. FDA and CDC, out of an abundance of caution, recommended a pause in the use of the J&J vaccine as they review this data.
- Based on what we know now, these blood clots are extremely rare. At the time of the announcement, a small number of cases (6) were reported out of the nearly seven (7) million doses of the J&J vaccine administered so far in the United States.
- If you received the J&J vaccine more than three weeks ago, your risk of developing a blood clot is very low. If you got this vaccine within the last three weeks, your risk of developing a blood clot is also very low. That said, you should be on the lookout for possible symptoms of a clot, which the CDC describes, here.
What You Need to Know about COVID-19 Vaccines
8 Things to Know about the U.S. COVID-19 Vaccination Program
FDA’s COVID-19 Vaccination information page
Benefits of Getting a COVID-19 Vaccination
Frequently Asked Questions about the COVID-19 Vaccination
Myths and Facts about the COVID-19 Vaccine
Older Adults and the Vaccine
According to a January 2021 AARP article, more older Americans are warming to the idea of the COVID-19 vaccine, as a new poll finds that 76 percent of people 60 and older want to get the shots.
Georgia’s COVID-19 Vaccine Plan
Anyone over the age of 16 is now eligible for the vaccine.
GA COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline
This hotline is for questions about COVID-19 and the COVID vaccine only, not for scheduling vaccination appointments. 1.888.357.0169
Scheduling Your Vaccine
Homebound COVID-19 Vaccinations
Georgia residents who are currently homebound due to an ongoing physical or mental disability and are unable to travel to a COVID-19 vaccination site can request to receive vaccination at their home by phone or email. To leave a voicemail request, please call 1.888.572.0112 and someone will return your call to obtain additional information. To request services by email please email HVS@dph.ga.gov with the following information for the person who requires at home vaccination:
- Date of birth
- Contact phone number (The contact phone number will be used to obtain additional information and schedule the vaccination.)
Northeast Health District – New Appointments are Added on Tuesdays at 3 pm
Guide to Making Appointments at Georgia Hospitals
Pre-Registration for the Vaccine (non-healthcare workers)
What to expect after your COVID-19 Vaccine
What Fully Vaccinated People Need to Know
Vacunas contra el COVID-19
Why You Still Need to Wear a Mask After the COVID-19 Vaccine
Vaccination does not provide instant immunity. Pfizer and Moderna’s vaccines require two doses administered weeks apart. Depending on the vaccine, it can take four to six weeks from initial dosing to achieve immunity and protection.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), along with the National Association of Attorneys General, has issued a warning on vaccine-related scams.
Specifically, the FTC cautions that people should know if they get a call, text, email or even someone knocking at their door claiming they can provide early access to the vaccine, it’s a scam. Do not pay or provide anyone with personal information for a promise of access to the vaccine. Click here for more information on how to avoid falling victim to a scam.