• Red & Black Staff

Local leaders urge Grady County residents to get COVID vaccine

Below are a few locations in Cairo that you can get the jab today

Local leaders of Cairo, including Mayor Howard Thrower, III, recently released a public service announcement urging residents to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

"Let's roll up our shirt sleeves and foster a community of immunity. It's worth a shot," the announcement stated.

COVID-19 is caused by a coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2. Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.

"Over 18,000 of our friends, family and neighbors have died in Georgia including 45 that have died here in Grady County. Over thirty million Americans have been infected," the leaders wrote. "Our economy has taken a beating," they added.

Those who are 16 years old and older are eligible to get the vaccine; however, those who are underage must be accompanied by a guardian to receive the shot.

Here in Cairo, you can go to several locations to get the vaccine, including Walmart, Walgreens, and Center Drugs (see the full list below). All you need to do is set up an appointment or call to get it scheduled. You will have to fill out a couple of pages of paperwork before getting your shot, plus show your ID. The second shot will be scheduled three-to-four weeks following the first shot, and you will need to return to the same location.

Contact these locations in Cairo to place an appointment:

  • Center Drugs: 229-377-2777

  • COX Pharmacy: 229-377-9017

  • Grady County Health Department: 229-352-6567

  • Grady General Hospital 229-377-0274

  • Grady Primary Care 229-378-2214

  • Wal-Mart Store #858 229-377-1394

Besides these local locations, you can VaccineFinder to find other places where the vaccine is available nearby. "VaccineFinder is a free service where users can search for locations that offer vaccinations," the website states. "We work with partners such as clinics, pharmacies, and health departments to provide accurate and up-to-date information about vaccination services."

Mayor Howard Thrower, III
"The quicker we get our vaccination, the quicker we take off our masks, shake hands, visit friends and family, hug them again, and enjoy life in our neighborhoods and communities again," the announcement stated.

Mayor Howard Thrower, III was joined by Mayor Pro Tem James Douglas, Councilman Lannis Thornton, Councilman Demario Byrden, Councilman Robert Gwaltney,

and Councilman Jerry Cox in issuing the statement.

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