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GILES COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT OFFERING WALK-IN OPTION FOR COVID-19 VACCINATIONS

Appointments still available but not required to get a COVID-19 vaccine

The Giles County Health Department announced today it is offering walk-in options for individuals to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.  Appointments are still available but not required.

The Giles County Health Department is open Monday-Friday: 9:00-11:00 AM & 1:00-3:30 PM for COVID-19 vaccine administration.  For questions, individuals can call the Giles County Health Department hotline at 931-490-8312.

Tennesseans age 16 and up are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.  Individuals seeking a COVID-19 vaccine can schedule an appointment at vaccinate.tn.gov, visit the Giles County Health Department for a walk-in appointment, or search vaccinefinder.org to find a local vaccine provider.

Vaccinations & Donations: LifeSouth Addresses Common Questions

Nonprofit community blood bank explains how COVID-19 vaccines affect blood donor eligibility

April 27, 2021 —As the COVID-19 vaccination effort continues to roll out, LifeSouth Community Blood Centers urges all eligible donors to help support the local blood supply. Blood donations are still needed every day as blood banks across the nation feel the impact after months of cancelled or postponed blood drives due to the pandemic.

Following recent expansions of vaccine eligibility criteria, LifeSouth has received an influx of questions regarding how the vaccines impact the blood donation process.

“The blood supply could be at risk if eligible donors aren’t aware that they can safely give blood after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine,” said Dr. Chris Lough, Vice President of Medical Services for LifeSouth. “Blood donation offers an immediate way to give back to your community and support public health. We encourage all eligible donors to make an appointment as soon as possible to ensure blood is on the shelves for local hospitals when they need it most.”

 

Federal Agencies You May Want To Contact

Small Business Administration

The Small Business Administration (SBA) has an information page for Business Guidance and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program. To visit their page, please click here.

 

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has established "Combating the Coronavirus" on its website with resources including workplace tips for employees, customizable flyers and signage, preparedness checklists, social media toolkits, travel notices, and reports on the worldwide economic condition and how it may impact your business. To visit their page, please click here.

 

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides information about COVID-19 with the latest updates, resources for the community, and guidelines to help protect yourself. To visit their page, please click here.

Tennessee Department of Health

For the most updated information about COVID-19 in Tennessee, please contact the Tennessee Department of Public Health's resource page.

All Tennesseans 16+ Eligible for Vaccine

1.6 Million+ Tennesseans Fully Vaccinated

Alabama Department of Health

For the most updated information about COVID-19 in Alabama, please visit the Alabama Department of Public Health's resource page.

A few of the most common questions LifeSouth has received include:

• Am I eligible to donate blood if I have received the vaccine? Yes. There is no risk for blood donation following receipt of the currently available vaccines. As long as you are feeling healthy and well, and you meet the history and physical requirements for blood donation, you can donate. For a full list of eligibility requirements, visit lifesouth.org.

• Is it safe to receive blood from a donor who has received the vaccine? Yes, blood from donors who have received the vaccine is safe. All blood donations undergo thorough testing prior to distribution to local hospitals.

• How long do I have to wait after receiving the vaccine before I can donate blood? If you received the Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine, there is no deferral period for blood donation.

• Can I donate if I’ve only had one dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine? Yes, you can donate whole blood, plasma and platelets.

• Where can I go to donate?

LifeSouth’s donor centers or donors can also look for LifeSouth’s signature red, white and blue bloodmobile around the community for a convenient, quick donation or visit Lifesouth.org to find blood drives.

LifeSouth Donor Centers:

Madison/Huntsville/Limestone Region: 8190 Madison Blvd, Madison

    12060 County Line Road Suite F, Madison

Mashall/Blount/Ettowah Region: 8626 U.S. Hwy 431

Morgan/Cullman region: 2349 Danville Road SW, Suite 120, Decatur

          1121 Clark Street, Cullman

Shoals Region: 307 Veterans Dr., Florence

 

LifeSouth provides blood for many local hospitals, including Huntsville Hospital, Decatur Morgan Hospital, Athens-Limestone Hospital, North Alabama Medical Center, Marshall Medical Center North, Marshall Medical Center South, Crestwood Medical Center, Parkway Medical Center, Lawrence Medical Center, Helen Keller Hospital, Cullman Regional, Red Bay Hospital, Russellville Hospital, Madison Huntsville Hospital, Gadsden Regional Hospital, and Lakeland Community Hospital.

All eligible donors are encouraged to give blood as soon as possible.

To learn more about donation eligibility, find a donor center or blood drive near you and book an appointment to donate, visit LifeSouth.org.