Salvation Army partners with Ministry of Health for COVID-19 vaccination campaign – The Post-Searchlight


As Georgia recovers from the pandemic and the masks come off, normalcy appears to be returning. However, there remains the problem of vaccination. Although Georgia does not have a vaccine passport program like the one New York has put in place, there is still pressure for people to get vaccinated. The Bainbridge Salvation Army last Wednesday organized a vaccination campaign with the Decatur County Department of Health from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. A total of seven people were vaccinated that day.

According to Austin Stuckey, director of the Decatur County Department of Health, about 29% of Decatur County has been vaccinated. She emphasized the vaccination when reopening things, saying, “I think it’s very important, especially with everyone reopening. I think it’s going to play a major role in being able to open up and not have this fear that COVID cases are on the rise again. “

Salvation Army Director Merreann McDonald spoke to Post Searchlight about the event’s set-up. The Ministry of Health approached her for the first time in late May-early June.

“They approached us and we thought it would be a great opportunity,” she said. “We chose a date; Wednesday is one of our busiest days of the week and we wanted to do this at a time when there were so many migrants in the city, because they will be leaving before long.

The Georgia Farmworker Health Program was on hand to help with this aspect of the campaign.

When Decatur County’s vaccination figures were released, McDonald said, “For the betterment of the community, we should all do our part; however, I understand that it is a personal choice for each to make their own decision as to what they think is best for their health.

There have been several side effects that come with the vaccine, with potential heart inflammation recently added to the list. According to Stuckey, the most common side effects listed by the CDC include redness in the injected arm, pain, chills, fever, and nausea.

“Your normal, typical symptom, kind of like a flu symptom is what we see the most,” she said.

The three main vaccines (Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson and Moderna) were offered during the drive, which means that a second dose is needed to be fully vaccinated. When asked if the Salvation Army would organize a follow-up campaign for those seeking a second injection, McDonald said, “They (the Department of Health) will contact each participant individually and set a time for them to surrender. at the Ministry of Health. to get a second dose.

While there are currently no plans for a follow-up campaign, McDonald’s said he will support it.

“We want to do whatever we can from a community perspective to provide services to people they might not otherwise have access to,” she concluded.


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