The Cherokee County Health Department is moving its COVID-19 vaccinations next week from the department’s office in Woodstock to Canton First Baptist Church, a spokeswoman said.

Vaccinations are by appointment only.

The department will begin operating the clinic at the church, located at 1 Mission Point, Canton, from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. starting Monday. The clinic will operate Monday through Friday, spokeswoman Jennifer King said.

“The new location will replace the COVID-19 vaccination clinic currently located at the health department’s Woodstock health center,” King said in a statement. “The vaccine will still be offered at no out-of-pocket expense at the new location. Insurance will be billed, but only if it is available. There will be no expense to any client. Anyone who does not have insurance will not be billed for the vaccination.”

King said people who received their first dose at the health department office at 7545 Main St., Woodstock will need to go to the new clinic in Canton for their second dose. The department is contacting people who have received a first dose to make them aware of the change, she said.

People 65 and older and their caregivers are eligible to receive the vaccine, but supplies have been in short supply, making it difficult to make appointments to receive it.

“The new clinic will allow the county to vaccinate several more people at the same time, as more vaccine becomes available,” King said. “The health department is using its current stock of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for appointments that already exist. The county is expecting to receive more vaccine, although it’s currently unclear exactly when that will occur and by how much, as that depends on the overall U.S. supply.”

Through Jan. 22 6,100 Cherokee County residents had received a COVID-19 vaccination. Eligibile residents should check the health department website for when new appointments are available, King said.

Publix supermarket pharmacies have twice released appointments for vaccinations for eligible people and both times the bookings were filled up within minutes.

President Biden announced Tuesday that states will begin receiving increased supplies of vaccines beginning next week. He also said the federal government has ordered an additional 200 million doses of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines, both of which require two doses. Those doses are expected to be available during the summer, he said.

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Gary Tanner is managing editor of The Cherokee Tribune, Cherokee Ledger-News and Cherokee Life magazine. He has been working as a journalist since 1985.

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