Ball Ground Mayor Rick Roberts is asking residents to get vaccinated against the coronavirus.

“We have all seen firsthand the devastating and far-reaching effects COVID-19 can inflict on our personal lives and our communities,” Roberts said in a news release. “Last year, our only weapons in the fight against the virus were distance and masks. This year, we have a more powerful and effective tool to combat the spread of COVID-19—the vaccine. Getting vaccinated is our chance at keeping the virus out of Ball Ground, our homes, our workplaces, and our lives.”

Ball Ground is part of the Georgia Municipal Association’s “It’s Worth a Shot” COVID-19 vaccination campaign, supporting Gov. Brian Kemp’s and the Georgia Department of Health’s goal to vaccinate as many Georgians as possible during spring and early summer. Officials estimate the state can achieve herd immunity with a vaccination rate of 70-80%.

The “It’s Worth a Shot” initiative leverages local events, social media, and community ambassadors to educate Georgians on the safety and efficacy of all approved COVID-19 vaccines while also dispelling vaccine-related misinformation.

Ball Ground joins Georgia’s 536 other cities to share these key messages about the COVID-19 vaccine:

● Receiving the COVID-19 vaccine is safe

● Receiving the COVID-19 vaccine is the next step toward normalcy

● By receiving the COVID-19 vaccine Georgians are doing their part to protect their communities.

● Georgians’ health and the state’s economy are at stake by not receiving the COVID-19 vaccine in pursuit of reaching herd immunity.

“Our goal in creating this campaign was to give all of Georgia’s cities—regardless of their size, location or communications resources—the tools to educate their residents on the COVID-19 vaccine,” said GMA Executive Director Larry Hanson. “This campaign is one of GMA’s contributions to helping our state fully restore Georgia’s economy and balance the issues of public health and the sense of safety Georgians need in order to fully connect with each other and re-engage with local businesses—the heartbeat of our state’s economy.”

Vaccines are available Tuesday and Thursday at Ball Ground Pharmacy. To make an appointment, call 770-735-6161. Other vaccine appointment options include visiting dph.georgia.gov/locations/covid-vaccination-site and www.northside.com/covid-19.

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Shannon Ballew is the managing editor at the Cherokee Tribune and the Cherokee Ledger-News. She is a graduate of Young Harris College and lives in unincorporated Woodstock.

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