Monday, April 19, the Gwinnett, Newton and Rockdale County Health Departments will open a mass vaccination site in Newton County, located at Georgia Piedmont Technical College, Newton Campus in Building D – 8100 Bob Williams Parkway, Covington. The site will be operational Monday through Wednesday each week by appointment only. Dependent on vaccine availability, Pfizer or Moderna vaccines will be available at the location. Individuals can register for an appointment online or by calling the state scheduling resource line. Second-dose appointments will be made during the first visit.
“We are thrilled to open our third mass vaccination site, which will provide more convenient access for Newton County residents,” said Dr. Audrey Arona, district health director for Gwinnett, Newton and Rockdale County Health Departments. “Newton County Board of Commissioners, Newton County EMA, and Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) have been excellent partners that have helped us make vaccine more available within the county.”
Newton County has long been in talks and looking for locations to open a mass vaccination site locally and GPTC was a natural fit. Newton County Chairman Marcello Banes reached out to GPTC President Dr. Tavarez Holston to see if the college would be willing to assist in this critical endeavor and the long-time community partner did not hesitate.
“I am excited for this community partnership and I can’t thank Georgia Piedmont enough for agreeing to help us put this together,” Banes said. “Making this mass vaccination site a reality is what #OneNewton is all about. I thank both the Gwinnett, Newton and Rockdale County Health Departments and Georgia Piedmont for being great community partners.
“Getting our community vaccinated and keeping our citizens healthy is so important. I encourage all citizens of Newton County to please take advantage of this opportunity and get vaccinated.”
Georgia Piedmont Technical College, Newton Campus, has worked closely with Newton County and the Health Department to prepare for nearly 600 appointments each of the three days on-site. “Our college stands united with our healthcare partners to loosen the grip of the coronavirus on our communities,” said Dr. Holston. “We gladly jumped at the opportunity to serve in an impactful way.”
Appointment availability next week will open this Thursday, April 15, at noon. Appointments are required, and walk-ins cannot be accommodated. Individuals can schedule online by visiting www.gnrhealth.com/covid-vaccine-scheduling or by calling the Georgia Department of Public Health vaccine scheduling resource line: 1-888-457-0186.
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