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Health Services providing free COVID Vaccines to UWG Community

The COVID-19 vaccine is available now at the University of West Georgia through the Health Services on the Carrollton Campus. UWG’s students and faculty can make an appointment through Health Services which will be available Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Not only is the vaccine available to students and faculty but it is also available to immediate family members of employees that are over the age of 12 years old.

The Manager of Media Relations, Sam Gentry, was unavailable to comment in regards to questions about the vaccine and its availability.

According to the University Health Center, students and employees are not required to get the vaccine; those who choose not to get vaccinated are encouraged to continue wearing a mask and practicing social distancing.

UWG’s Health Services offers the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. Pfizer-BioNTech is a two-dose series that is given two weeks apart. Those who have received their first dose at another location are welcome to get their second dose at Health Services by appointment only.

Getting the vaccine has been made easy by allowing employees to get vaccinated during work hours and having a simple process to make appointments over the phone. There are zero costs associated with the COVID-19 vaccine.

According to the CDC, getting vaccinated prevents severe symptoms such as possible hospitalization, death and helps reduce the spread of the virus in the community. Although the vaccine cannot prevent people from getting COVID-19, it can still be contracted and transmitted.

As of August 23, 3,952 COVID-19 vaccinations have been given by UWG.



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