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Posted on: September 16, 2021

Athens-Clarke County COVID-19 Vaccination Incentive Program

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As of Friday, September 3, anyone who lives, works, or goes to school in Athens-Clarke County and has not yet been vaccinated against COVID-19 is eligible for a $100 gift card when they get their first shot at the Clarke County Health Department or at other community-based vaccination clinics sponsored by the Northeast Health District in the county. Eligible individuals receiving a two-dose series of the vaccine will get an additional $100 gift card when they get their second shot. Gift cards for Wal-Mart, Kroger, Dollar General, and other local stores will be available.

The gift cards are part of a plan to incentivize COVID-19 vaccinations in Athens-Clarke County, where only 43% of the population is vaccinated and where – along with the rest of the state – there has been a sharp increase in cases of COVID-19. Funding for the program was provided by the Athens-Clarke County Unified Government using federal American Rescue Plan funds.

The gift cards became available as of September 3. To learn about additional upcoming events in the county, visit:

While supplies last, gift cards will also be available on an ongoing basis at the Clarke County Health Department, located at 345 N. Harris Street in Athens. Only individuals who live, work, or go to school in Athens-Clarke County who receive their first dose on or after September 3 are eligible for the gift cards. To make an appointment at the Health Department, call 706-340-0996 or visit:

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