Catoosa, Dade and Walker Counties Establish Regional COVID-19 "Vaccination Station" at the Colonnade
A partnership between Catoosa, Dade and Walker Counties will expand access to COVID-19 vaccines for northwest Georgia residents.
The Catoosa-Dade-Walker Vaccination Station at the Colonnade launches this week with several thousand vaccination appointments available on Wednesday, March 24 and Thursday, March 25. The three counties combined resources to offer safe, fast and free protection against the coronavirus with a regional drive-thru vaccination site at the Colonnade, 264 Catoosa Circle in Ringgold.
Appointments at the Vaccination Station are available Wednesday and Thursday of this week from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Additional appointment times, including evening hours, will be offered according to demand. A vaccination will be reserved for each individual who registers for an appointment. Failure to show up for a scheduled appointment means a vaccine is unavailable for someone else in need.
The vaccination process takes approximately 30-minutes from the time of arrival at the Colonnade. An express lane will be offered for those who fill out the required Vaccine Information and Consent form online in advance of their scheduled appointment, print it out and bring it with them to the Vaccination Station.
COVID-19 vaccines have been deemed safe and effective by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC recommends getting a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as you are eligible. The vaccine remains the most effective tool available for getting families, communities, schools and workplaces “back to normal” sooner.
Vaccines available at the Catoosa-Dade-Walker Vaccination Station at the Colonnade site are made by Pfizer & Moderna.
COVID-19 Vaccination Effort Gets Shot in the
Arm with Drive-Thru Event
Walker County received a large shipment of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine earlier this month to help clear out the backlog of residents who called the county’s hotline back in January to get on the list to be vaccinated.
With the help of the Georgia Department of Public Health, Walker County Health Department, Walker County Fire Rescue and others, the Walker County Civic Center campus was transformed to handle 1,170 drive-thru vaccine appointments. Watch the video to see how the process worked.
Georgia recently expanded the criteria for vaccine eligibility in the state. See if you’re now on the list by visiting this link.
Approval of purchase orders for extrication equipment for Fire Station 7 in Fairview, equipment for Public Works and the Landfill, as well as vehicles for Animal Control, Public Works, Emergency Management, Sheriff's Office and I.T.
Establishment of policies pertaining to the Walker County Animal Shelter, including public access and marketing of adoptions
Review of a request to rezone property at the corner of Happy Valley Road and Battlefield Parkway from R-2/A-1 to Commercial
Those attending Board meetings will encounter a number of COVID-19 related precautions, such as a temperature screening, sign-in sheet for contact tracing and limited seating so social distancing can be observed. We are only able to accommodate about 29 people. Face masks are recommended. Hand sanitizer will be provided.
Walker 180 Launches on Youtube
Walker 180 launched on the Walker County Government Youtube Channel March 1st. The video digest provides a round-up of news and notes in about 3 minutes, or 180 seconds.
The information contained in the March clip is a little dated as of this newsletter, but the April edition will be here soon. We encourage you to subscribe to our Youtube channel to receive notifications when new material is posted.
ESPLOST, Chickamauga Bond Approved by Voters
Walker County voters voted "yes" on two ballot questions during a special election on March 16.
ESPLOST passed with 817 votes in favor to 231 votes against.
A bond question before City of Chickamauga residents received 151 yes votes and 25 no votes.
March is Multiple Myeloma Awareness Month
March is Multiple Myeloma Awareness Month in Walker County.
Multiple myeloma, the second most common blood cancer in the world, is a cancer of plasma cells in the bone marrow and can occur in multiple areas inside the body. It affects more than 140,000 people in the United States.
The cause of multiple myeloma is not known, continued investment and innovation are necessary to determine safe and effective treatment options, including new drugs and therapies now in the research phase.