Current Vaccine Phase Information
Distribution of the vaccine is being done in phases. Below you will find the phases and who is eligible to get the vaccine during that phase. Phase 2 and 3 information will come later but they don’t expect to have the vaccine available to the general public until the spring.
Phase 1A+: ** CURRENT PHASE **
Essential Workers (non-healthcare) who perform job tasks across critical infrastructure sectors, ensuring continuity of functions critical to public health, safety, economic and national security
Persons aged 16-64 with medical conditions that increase the risk for severe COVID-19
Phase 2 and 3:
More information when state of GA makes it available.
Getting the Vaccine
Currently we will not be able to carry the vaccine. If you meet the requirements of the current Vaccine phase, then here are places we know that are offering the vaccine.
Several Publix supermarkets in Cherokee County are accepting appointments starting on 1/15/2021 for vaccinations beginning 1/16/2021. Appointments must be made online at https://publix.com/covid-vaccine.
The Publix locations providing vaccinations in Cherokee County are:
Ingles in Jasper and Ellijay are taking appointments. We are not sure if the Canton location is offering them. Appointments must be made online at
Your Local Health Department
You can also get the vaccination at a Health Department in the district you live or work. For Cherokee County we are part of the North Georgia Health District which also includes Pickens, Murray, Fannin. Whitfield and Gilmer counties. You must CALL to schedule an appointment.
The North Georgia Health District Vaccine Scheduling number is 1-888-881-1474. Monday – Fri 8:15AM to 4:30PM
We are being told of busy signals and very long hold times when calling the number. You just need to keep trying. You cannot schedule by going to the Health Department. You must schedule by calling the number above.
Q. Did you get the vaccine?
A. Yes, Dr. Neely and her staff received the Moderna vaccine.
Q. Did you have any side effects?
A. Our arms were a little sore for a few days after the injection. But we had no other side-effect.
Q. Do I still need to get the vaccine if I already had COVID-19?
A. Yes. Re-infection is possible. You should wait until after your illness has resolved and after you have met the criteria to discontinue isolation. Because re-infection within 90 days after initial infection is uncommon, you may delay vaccination until the end of that 90-day period if desired.
Q. How quickly does the immunity start working after I have had the vaccine?
A. It usually takes a few weeks to build up immunity after a vaccination.
Q. Can the COVID-19 vaccine make me sick with COVID-19?
A. No. None of the authorized vaccines contain the live virus.
Q. Do I still need to wear a mask after I get vaccinated?
A. YES! While we are still in a pandemic we need to continue to use all available tools to try and stop the pandemic. This includes masks, washing our hands often and practicing social distancing.