Navicent Health begins COVID-19 vaccinations Monday

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MACON, Georgia(41NBC/WMGT) – One of Middle Georgia’s hospital systems is now vaccinating people for COVID-19.

According to a press release, Navicent Health will be vaccinating anyone who falls under the Georgia’s Department of Public Health’s Phase 1A+ group starting Monday, January 18th. Navicent Health is the first health system in the region to provide mass vaccinations to first responders, healthcare workers, and people who are at least 65 years old.

Navicent’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Patrice Walker, says the COVID-19 vaccine is our biggest tool to contain the pandemic.

“We’ve always been wearing masks, and performing social distancing and hand hygiene, but outside of that everything else that we have is supportive,” said Dr. Walker.
“The main thing that we can do is try to prevent the infection from happening to begin with.”

According to Navicent’s press release, getting a COVID-19 vaccine can help protect people, as it creates an antibody response in the body without people getting sick from the virus. If enough people get vaccinated, a large part of the population will be immune to COVID-19, which is called “herd immunity.” Experts say that more than 70 percent of the population will have to be vaccinated to reach herd immunity.

Those who qualify for a COVID-19 vaccination can schedule an appointment by visiting www.CovidsafeGA.org or (478)633-SAFE (7233). Vaccination appointments are required because of the current vaccine supply and vaccine storage requirements. Appointments are based on the availability of vaccine, which is allocated by and managed by the state.

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Amanda is a producer and anchor for 41NBC News at Daybreak and 41Today. She comes to Macon from Watertown, NY where she was a reporter, fill in producer and anchor for three years at WWNY. She covered everything from hundred year old birthdays to the shooting death of a New York State Trooper. She also earned a Syracuse Press Club Award for her feature story "A Cheer for Keslie," about a young woman with down syndrome who joins her high school cheer team and is accepted and loved by her squad. Amanda is originally from Brookfield, Connecticut, a small town in the western part of the state. She attended Western Connecticut State University and graduated in May 2014 with a B.A in Media Arts Production. From there she went on to get her master's degree in Broadcast and Digital Journalism at the S.I. Newhouse School for Public Communications at Syracuse University. When she's not working, she enjoys watching movies, traveling and spending quality time with her fiancé, family and friends.