(PHOTOS) DeKalb County holds vaccination event

Decatur resident Robert Williams receives a COVID-19 vaccination from DeKalb County Fire Rescue Paramedic Todd Kemp during the event at The Gallery at South DeKalb Mall in greater Decatur on July 31. Photo by Dean Hesse.

DeKalb County, GA — On Saturday, July 31, DeKalb County Board of Health, DeKalb County Fire Rescue Paramedics and MedCura Health administered voluntary COVID-19 vaccinations to residents 12 years of age and older at The Gallery at South DeKalb Mall.

The mall is located at 2801 Candler Rd, Decatur, GA 30034.

As an incentive, residents received $50 prepaid gift cards for getting vaccinated. Free backpacks for students were also given out. Around 50 cars were lined up for the 8 a.m. start time as the sun rose over the horizon Saturday morning.

A press release after the event stated more than 230 COVID-19 vaccinations had been administered and more than 50 adults and children had been tested.

“This event has been a huge success by any measure,” said DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond. “We are committed to eradicating this disease and fighting to keep DeKalb County residents safe.”

The county says the Georgia Department of Public Health reports that as of July 27, 330,580 DeKalb residents, or 45 percent, are fully vaccinated.

The rising sun glows through a tent as workers ready for the COVID-19 vaccination and testing event at The Gallery at South DeKalb Mall on Saturday, July 31. Photo by Dean Hesse
Decatur resident Vincent Jay arrived at 6:30 a.m. and was first in line to receive a COVID-19 vaccination during the event at The Gallery at South DeKalb Mall on Saturday July 31. Jay said the $50 prepaid gift card was incentive for him to come out and would help with end of the month expenses. Photo by Dean Hesse.
Sloan Turner, public relations specialist for DeKalb County gathers information from a participant during the DeKalb County COVID-19 vaccination and testing event held in partnership with MedCura Health at The Gallery at South DeKalb Mall on Saturday, July 31. Photo by Dean Hesse.
LaMonica Brown from the DeKalb County Board of Health gathers information from a participant during the DeKalb County COVID-19 vaccination and testing event held in partnership with MedCura Health at The Gallery at South DeKalb Mall on Saturday July 31. Photo by Dean Hesse.
Deborah Sherman, assistant director for capital & grants for DeKalb County shows one of the prepaid $50 gift cards given to residents who received a COVID-19 vaccination during the event at The Gallery at South DeKalb Mall in greater Decatur on July 31. Photo by Dean Hesse.
DeKalb County Fire Rescue Paramedic Matthew Saunders reaches into a vehicle to administer a COVID-19 vaccination during the event at The Gallery at South DeKalb Mall in greater Decatur on July 31. Photo by Dean Hesse.
Pam Webb was the first walk up participant to arrive for a COVID-19 vaccination during the event at The Gallery at South DeKalb Mall in greater Decatur on July 31. Webb encouraged others to also get vaccinated. “There are so many people out here catching this virus and they need to be more careful and they’ve got to protect themselves,” said Webb. Photo by Dean Hesse.
DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond said, “we are just committed to doing everything we can to defeat this horrible virus that’s infected our community. We are going to continue to do everything we can to get as many people as possible vaccinated. With school reopening, I’m very concerned about the increasing number of infections in DeKalb County and across the state of Georgia and we must redouble our efforts to get as many people vaccinated as possible. Get vaccinated, protect yourself, protect your family, protect those that you love and the entire community. It’s the right thing to do.” Photo by Dean Hesse.
Free backpacks for students were given out during the DeKalb County COVID-19 vaccination and testing event held in partnership with MedCura Health at The Gallery at South DeKalb Mall on Saturday July 31. Photo by Dean Hesse.
Decatur resident Danielle Cook talks with DeKalb County Fire Rescue Paramedic Alisha Wykoff before Wykoff administers the COVID-19 vaccination to Cook during the event at The Gallery at South DeKalb Mall in greater Decatur on July 31. Photo by Dean Hesse.
The early morning sun casts a long shadow on a DeKalb County police officer during the COVID-19 vaccination and testing event at The Gallery at South DeKalb Mall in greater Decatur on July 31. Photo by Dean Hesse.
A worker gathers information from a participant during the COVID-19 vaccination and testing event at The Gallery at South DeKalb Mall in greater Decatur on July 31. Photo by Dean Hesse.
More than 230 DeKalb County residents received a COVID-19 vaccination and more than 50 adults and children were tested during the event at The Gallery at South DeKalb Mall in greater Decatur on July 31. Photo by Dean Hesse.
Vere Andrew, SPLOST analyst coordinator for DeKalb County, passes out backpacks for students during the DeKalb County COVID-19 vaccination and testing event held in partnership with MedCura Health at The Gallery at South DeKalb Mall on Saturday, July 31. Photo by Dean Hesse.

The Tucker Observer is a new community news website owned by Decaturish.comWe provide locally sourced news about Tucker, Clarkston and Stone Mountain.

For more Tucker news, follow us on Facebook by clicking here. Follow us on Twitter by clicking here

Want the latest news from the Tucker Observer delivered to your inbox every morning? Click here to sign up for our free daily newsletter. 

To become a paying supporter of Tucker Observer, click here