Thomas County Public Health will host a vaccination clinic with incentives

THOMASVILLE, Ga. (WCTV) – The Thomas County Public Health Department will host a free vaccination clinic on February 14 and offer incentives for anyone who wants to roll up their sleeve to get vaccinated.

Officials say it’s part of a district-wide effort in 14 counties, hoping to boost vaccination rates.

“Recently, we’ve noticed that the number of people coming in for vaccinations is going down,” said Avis Harbert, registered nurse and general clinic supervisor in the public health department.

Herbert said it was important for the community to continue to do its part when it comes to vaccination, especially with the highly transmissible variant of Omicron.

“It affects most people who haven’t been vaccinated,” she said.

That’s why the department hopes the $50 gift cards will encourage people who just need a little push to get going and get vaccinated.

“I think incitement is fine as long as it’s for the greater good, and I think the greater good is caring about public health. So I think any incentive would be great to get vaccinated,” said Thomasville medical student Aamir Punjani.

Pujani said he was already vaccinated and strengthened, but he wished he had something for doing his part. Even if he shared, he would have been vaccinated regardless because it’s the right thing to do. Like Pujani, Amanda Headlee also thinks incentives are a good idea and anything that encourages more people to get vaccinated means a chance for normality.

“That’s what gives me hope that we’re coming out of this pandemic, so whatever gets people going – if that’s what it takes to get people vaccinated, I think that’s a great idea,” she said.

All three vaccine brands will be available at the clinic, which will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Anyone aged five and over will be able to get vaccinated and receive a gift card while supplies last. You are encouraged to call (229)-226-4241 and register before arriving at the vaccination clinic.

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