Working in partnership with the Georgia Department of Public Health, Upson Regional Medical Center will begin offering COVID-19 vaccinations on Tuesday, January 12 to individuals eligible under the CDC/DPH Phase 1a definitions as follows:
- Adults aged 65 and older
- Law Enforcement officers
- First Responders
“Upson Regional is excited to expand our ability to vaccinate more of our middle Georgia population against COVID-19. We all look forward to the day when life seems normal again. Getting vaccinated is an important first step in achieving this. I believe the light at the end of this long tunnel is beginning to shine very brightly,” said Upson Regional Medical Center CEO Jeff Tarrant.
URMC currently has supply of only Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine and at this point does not anticipate receiving Moderna or other vaccines. Clinical trials found the Pfizer vaccine to be 95% effective in preventing COVID-19 cases, according to The New England Journal of Medicine. The Pfizer vaccine must be given in two doses, with the second dose administered 21 days following the first dose.
Those eligible and interested in receiving the vaccine must be scheduled for an appointment. Due to the complexity of preparing this vaccine for administration, walk- ins will not be accommodated. All individuals desiring vaccination must review the FDA Fact Sheet on the vaccine and complete a COVID-19 consent form prior to their appointment time. These documents will be available on urmc.org and also on-site upon check in on the day of the appointment.
Vaccinations will be given in the Upson Regional Medical Center Auditorium at 801 W.Gordon St., Thomaston, GA. Parking will be available in the parking lot below the Auditorium entrance. Access into the vaccination clinic can only be through the Auditorium entrance. All other hospital entrances remain restricted at this time.
Appointments may be scheduled by calling 706-647-8111, ext. 1347.
For more information on the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019ncov/vaccines/recommendations.html
Supplemental Information for COVID-19 Vaccine
Upson Regional Medical Center is asking COVID-19 vaccine recipients to follow these steps so we may provide the vaccine in a safe environment, as efficiently as possible:
- Vaccines will be given by appointment only, in the URMC Auditorium with entrance only through the Auditorium door;
- At this time, URMC is authorized to vaccinate the public only under CDC/Georgia DPH Phase 1a guidelines as follow:
- Individuals aged 65 and older
- First Responders
- Law enforcement personnel
- Walk-ins will not be accepted;
- Please wear short sleeves or loose-fitting clothes to facilitate administration of the vaccine. This injection is given in the upper arm;
- Masks will be required to enter the Auditorium. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided;
- The number of people inside the Auditorium will be limited to achieve necessary distancing;
- Come to your vaccination appointment as close to the allotted time as possible to reduce the number of people in the waiting area You may be asked to wait outside or in your car if you are too early;
- Individuals must remain in the URMC Auditorium post-vaccination for 15-30 minutes for observation;
- Prior to vaccination, review of product-specific safety information and consent will be required;
- At this time, URMC is administering only the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. This requires two doses with the second dose given 21 days following the first. An appointment will be made for your second dose prior to leaving your first dose appointment.
Due to high demand, we ask that everyone be patient as we schedule and administer these vaccinations. We are providing this resource to our communities using existing staff during a time in which hospital patient volumes are very high due to the pandemic. While we want this to go smoothly, there will be glitches. We will work through these.
Please be kind to our staff—they are working hard to protect you!
A call center number to schedule vaccination appointments for eligible individuals will become active beginning on January 8, 2021:
706-647-8111 ext. 1347