Getting Shots in Arms: Collaboration Between Courts, Communities, and Providers are Getting it Done.

Court staff became eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine on March 17, 2021, creating an opportunity for providers to set up shop onsite at courthouses and get even more shots in arms, accelerating Georgia’s vaccine efforts. Below are some of the success stories from courthouse vaccine drives.

JC/AOC Partners with Kroger

The Judicial Council/Administrative Office of the Courts partnered with Kroger to vaccinate over 70 people including judges and staff from the Supreme Court of Georgia, Court of Appeals of Georgia, and staff to the court councils housed on Capitol Hill.

Hall County Courts Clinic Vaccinates Over 98

Hall County courts held a vaccination clinic on March 24 for court staff, in partnership with Hall County’s Emergency Management Agency, the Department of Public Health, and Hall County Health Clinic. 98 people were vaccinated and have a follow-up event scheduled for April 14!

Fulton Superior Court Staff Receive Vaccinations at the Mercedes Benz Stadium

Chief Judge Christopher Brasher, Fulton Superior Court, gave an interview on FGTV.

Fulton Magistrate Court Partners with Walgreens

What do you do with a wedding room and dining room closed to the public? If you are Chief Magistrate Judge Cassandra Kirk, you reach out to community collaborators to offer vaccines on site for the Magistrate Court and our Justice Partners.  Walgreens Doctors Meka Borders and Rufus Nix brought a staff including Tina Maldonado, Dionne Ginyard and Wyvis Cook to vaccinate judges, court staff and deputies with the Johnson and Johnson one shot vaccine on Tuesday, March 23, 2021.

Suwanee Municipal Court Staff to be Fully Vaccinated by the End of April.

The City of Suwannee partnered with Sugarloaf Medical for its vaccination drive.  As of March 25, only one staff member is waiting to receive the first dose; by the end of April, everyone in the court will be fully vaccinated with their second dose. Suwanee’s City Manager was on top of getting everyone who wants a vaccine to get a vaccine, working very closely with Sugarloaf Medical.

Forsyth County Contracts with Lanier Technical College

A partnership came together quickly for the staff at the Forsyth courts with the local health department, fire department and Northside Hospital in Forsyth County.  The county approved a contract on March 17 that allowed Lanier Technical college (at the Forsyth campus) to share their vaccine allotment with Forsyth court employees, among other eligible groups.  Staff began making appointments immediately.

Chief Judge T. Russell McClelland of the State Court of Forsyth County reports feeling fine and grateful after his first shot on March 26. 

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