Matt Marietta

Milton Emergency Manager and Deputy Fire Chief Matt Marietta gets the COVID-19 vaccine.

The city of Sandy Springs, in partnership with two other organizations, plans to open a mobile COVID-19 vaccination site later this week.

“We were informed (about it) today,” Sandy Springs Fire Chief Keith Sanders said.

Sanders announced the news at the Sandy Springs City Council’s March 16 meeting, which was held virtually due to the outbreak. The site will be a partnership between the city, Fulton County and CORE (Community Organized Relief Effort) and will be at the former WorldPay building (600 Morgan Falls Road), which the city has purchased to use as its future public safety facility.

CORE has previously hosted COVID test sites in Fulton and other counties, including one in Sandy Springs last year.

Sanders said the site could open as early as March 18, and more details will be released soon.

“More information coming up as far as the time,” he said. “Our goal is to vaccinate up to 200 people per day up there. … We’re currently developing the plan. … We’re focusing on churches and schools and nonprofits within the city, with people who have high blood pressure and diabetes. We have some people who are shut-ins that we want to focus on, along with the Hispanic community.”

In response to an email from the Neighbor seeking more information on the vaccination site, Sandy Springs spokeswoman Sharon Kraun said the city has only tentative details so far and is awaiting more concrete info from Fulton, such as dates and times.

At the Fulton Board of Commissioners’ March 17 recess meeting, County Manager Dick Anderson said the Sandy Springs vaccination site will be the county’s first bilingual one and will open March 18, but no other details were given at the meeting.

In response to an email seeking more information on the site, Jennifer Sasaki, a CORE spokeswoman, March 23 said the location did open March 18, and it is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

However, “CORE plans to expand or shift hours as supply increases and warmer weather allow for extending the hours into the evening to better accommodate those who may need to get the vaccine outside of work hours,” she said in a March 23 email.

Sasaki added CORE, in partnership with the Fulton government and its board of health, will officially announce the county’s mobile vaccination program March 29.

Anyone who is eligible to get the vaccine can sign up in advance through the Curogram registration portal by visiting curogram.com.

Sanders said his department has voluntarily offered equipment and staff to Fulton’s North Point vaccination site in Alpharetta, one of three main locations the county has set up.

“Our crews are administrating an average of 1,000 vaccines a day at that site,” he said.

Mayor Rusty Paul said Fulton’s county manager, Dick Anderson, said about 80% of the volunteer hours donated by Fulton cities’ employees at the county’s vaccination sites have come from Sandy Springs.

“I’m delighted by the role our team is playing,” Paul said.

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