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Booster shots for specific individuals available at Dawson vaccination site

Eligible adults in the Dawson County area will soon no longer have to travel far to be able to roll up their sleeves for a booster shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. 

District 2 Public Health and the Northeast Georgia Health System are now offering the Pfizer booster at most of the region’s 13 counties as of Monday, Sept. 27, stated a District 2 press release. Dawson County’s mass vaccination site is Fire Station 2, located at 8388 Ga. 53 in Dawsonville. 

Booster shots have only been approved for individuals 65 years and older, residents of long-term care facilities, those 18 and older with a compromising medical condition and those 18 and older with an occupational or institutional exposure risk. 

“COVID-19 vaccines are working well to prevent severe illness, hospitalization and death,” the release stated, “but with the introduction of the Delta variant, public health experts noticed a reduction of protections against mild and moderate disease.” 

People can receive boosters on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Boosters are not yet available for fully-vaccinated Moderna or Johnson and Johnson individuals. 

Appointments are not required. However, if someone wishes to schedule one for their booster, they may do so via the VRAS scheduling system on the District 2 Public Health website, 

Since vaccination locations and hours of operation may change because of demand, individuals are also encouraged to check a vaccine site’s or sites’ details on the public health website.