DeKalb Board of Health to suspend COVID-19 testing through Jan. 9, vaccinations for first responders to begin at Stonecrest site Jan. 6

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Due to increased demand to quickly provide vaccines to healthcare workers during the current COVID-19 vaccination phase, the DeKalb County Board of Health is cancelling all scheduled 
COVID-19 testing appointments through Saturday, as it shifts its immediate focus to vaccination of healthcare workers, first responders and long-term care facility residents.

First responders and essential workers will begin receiving vaccinations on Wednesday (Jan. 6) at the former Sam’s Club site in the city of Stonecrest, city officials said. Those who will be vaccinated on tomorrow already have appointments, city officials said.

Individuals who had COVID-19 testing appointments scheduled have been notified and provided options to reschedule next week or register for testing at another location, including testing sites in neighboring counties.

Beginning Monday, the following site will solely be dedicated to COVID-19 testing:

Greater Piney Grove Baptist Church

1879 Glenwood Ave. SE, Atlanta, 30316

Appointments and registration for COVID-19 testing are required and available online. To ensure testing resources are available for individuals who have pre-registered for testing,  pre-registrations will be verified to ensure that the appointment date matches the actual day.

Individuals scheduled for a future date will be asked to return on their scheduled day. COVID-19 testing is free and open to all individuals who wish to be tested. A driver’s license or identification card is not required.

On Monday, the BrandsMart USA site in Doraville and the former Sam’s Club site in Stonecrest will shift to COVID-19 vaccination for the next phase(adults age 65 and older, as well as their caretakers). Details regarding vaccination hours and registration will be released later this week, health department officials said in a news release.

For more information and answers to frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, visit or call 888-357-0169.

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