DeKalb offers $100 for vaccinations at old K-Mart in Doraville on Dec. 4

The DeKalb County Board of Health received 2,500 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine and began vaccination of Board of Health frontline workers on Dec. 31, 2020 to be followed by long-term care facility residents and staff, and EMS personnel. Photo by Dean Hesse.

DeKalb County, GA — DeKalb County will give a $100 prepaid debit card to everyone who receives a COVID-19 vaccination on Saturday, Dec. 4, a press release said.

“DeKalb County’s focus of providing $100 incentives for vaccinations is having a major impact on increasing the county’s vaccination rates,” said DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond. “Because of our partnership with DeKalb County Board of Health and Emory University and Emory Healthcare, DeKalb has improved the vaccination rates in communities that are experiencing high rates of vaccine hesitancy.”

The Dec. 4 vaccination event is focusing on the multicultural community along the Buford Highway corridor.

“The Latino community in DeKalb County is very grateful to CEO Thurmond for his leadership in providing COVID-19 vaccinations during the pandemic. I say ‘muchas gracias’ and ‘Dios te bendiga’ to CEO Thurmond and his team for protecting the lives and health of our community,” said Victoria Chacon, founder of La Vision Newspaper and La Visionradio.net, serving the Latino community for 20 years.

Since June 2021, DeKalb County has given $100 prepaid debit cards to 6,000 eligible residents who received COVID-19 vaccinations during county-sponsored events.

Beginning at 8 a.m., DeKalb County Board of Health, Emory Healthcare and DeKalb County Fire Rescue will administer voluntary COVID-19 vaccinations to anyone 12 years of age and older at the old K-Mart located at 5597 Buford Hwy. NE, Doraville GA 30340.

All persons receiving a vaccination also will receive a $100 prepaid debit card.

Persons will be able to remain in their vehicles when receiving vaccinations, and walk-ups are welcome.

COVID-19 vaccinations are free; however, participants are asked to bring insurance information and a photo identification, if available. While participants will not be billed, an administration fee may be applied for Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance.

Everyone will have a choice of the Johnson & Johnson, Moderna or Pfizer vaccines.

Booster doses of vaccine are recommended for adults 18 and older who have completed their first series of vaccine.

As of Nov.30 in DeKalb County, 400,652 residents, or 53 percent are fully vaccinated, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health. In DeKalb, 46.9 percent of Hispanics have received at least one dose. Approximately 48.1 percent of African Americans have received at least one dose, while 50.1 percent of Whites and 86.4 percent of Asians have received at least one dose.

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