Albany Area Primary Health Care (AAPHC) Opens New Mass Vaccination Center in Southwest Georgia
Albany Area Primary Health Care (AAPHC) officially opened their new COVID-19 Vaccination Center on Thursday, Jan. 21. This Vaccination Center will allow AAPHC the ability to vaccinate upwards of 500 community members a day.
“We are so appreciative of Phoebe Putney Health System for giving us this space in their Phoebe East building,” says Shelley Spires, CEO, AAPHC. “Whenever we can partner together, as one medical community all working together, we can best serve our residents across Southwest Georgia.”
The new mass Vaccination Center is located at:
AAPHC COVID-19 Vaccination Center
2410 Sylvester Road
Albany, Georgia 31705
The state of Georgia is currently in Phase 1A with vaccinations, which means AAPHC is vaccinating health care workers, first responders and those community members who are 65 years of age and older. Those eligible under Phase 1A can schedule a vaccine appointment via AAPHC’s COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline at 229-338-7589.
AAPHC is one of only three organizations in Southwest Georgia who have the COVID-19 vaccine available. “AAPHC, along with Phoebe and the Department of Public Health, are proud to work together to ensure we’re vaccinating as many of our community members as possible,” says Shelley.
As AAPHC opens their new Vaccination Center, they are also transitioning their previous vaccination sites back into medical offices. AAPHC’s Northwest Albany and South Albany medical offices will no longer serve as vaccination sites for the organization. Instead, the AAPHC COVID-19 Vaccination Center will be the primary site for all vaccinations for the organization. This includes all community members who will have an upcoming second dose of the vaccine.
“We made this change to better serve our patients and our community members,” says Shelley. “As we expanded vaccinations to serve all eligible community members in Phase 1A, we immediately recognized that we needed a much larger space to serve more residents each day. Our medical offices just aren’t large enough to accommodate up to 500 community members a day.”
The new space, which is located within the Phoebe East building in East Albany, allows for improved social distancing, easier registration processes, eight vaccination stations and a larger observation area. “By having the eight vaccination stations, and the ability to add even more if needed, we’re able to get our community members vaccinated much faster and reduce their wait times,” says Shelley.
AAPHC remains committed to vaccinating as many of Southwest Georgia residents as possible. “We have waited so long for a way to fight back and stop this virus,” says Dr. Edward Vance, Chief Medical Officer, AAPHC. “These vaccines are the way to help us stop transmission of the virus and return to our ‘Pre-COVID’ lives. We can only do that, get back to our normal lives, if all Americans get the COVID-19 vaccine.”
“Please schedule your COVID-19 vaccine appointment today. We can do this – battle back against COVID – if we all get vaccinated as soon as possible,” says Dr. Vance.
For full details on the AAPHC COVID-19 Vaccination Center, please visit www.aaphc.org/coronavirus.
About Albany Area Primary Health Care:
Serving the Southwest Georgia community since 1979, Albany Area Primary Health Care (AAPHC) is one of the largest physician groups in Southwest Georgia and the largest Community Health Center in the state of Georgia. With more than 70 providers and 28 locations, AAPHC cares for patients across eight counties in Southwest Georgia. AAPHC provides care in the specialties of Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Pediatrics, Women’s Health, Podiatry, General Dentistry, Vision Care and Behavioral Health. AAPHC medical offices are open to the general public, adults and children, regardless of residence, income or insurance coverage. AAPHC strives to provide comprehensive, coordinated, and continuous care to all who access our services.