Free flu shots offered at health department

by Sarah Fay Campbell

The Coweta County Health Department is giving out free flu vaccines while supplies last.

Outgoing County Nurse Manager Alice Jackson mentioned the free flu shots at Thursday’s meeting of the Coweta County Board of Commissioners.

This year’s flu has been particularly virulent, causing more than 30 deaths in Georgia so far. And most of those deaths were people under 50.

“It’s not too late” to get your flu shot, Jackson said. The health department has some vaccine left over from an emergency preparedness exercise. “We would be happy to give it to everyone without charge.”

Fridays are the best days to drop in, she said. Anyone wanting the shot can call 770-254-7400 and make an appointment.

Jackson, who has been nurse manager for 23 years, was at the commission meeting to be honored with a proclamation. The proclamation declared Jan. 31 as “Alice Jackson Day” in Coweta County.

“I want to personally thank Alice for everything you have done: the sacrifices, the concerns, the caring,” said Commissioner Paul Poole. Also, “I want to thank you for helping us get the new facility,” Poole said.

“It’s been a real honor,” said Jackson. And the new facility on Hospital Road “is just wonderful. We enjoy it. Thank you so much.”

In other meeting business:

• The board voted to create a separate food service category for mobile food trucks. Previously, food trucks were charged the same fees as restaurants — $500 for a new permit and plan review and $500 for an annual permit and inspection.

Food trucks will now be charged $150 for new permits and $150 for annual permits.

• The board set a public hearing for Feb. 18 for AT&T’s request to put a cell phone tower at 179 Old Corinth Road.

• The board awarded a bid to McCoy Grading for the Nixon Road improvement project.

Poole asked staff to also determine if the southern portion of Nixon Road meets the criteria for paving gravel roads.



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