DeKalb County Health Department: COVID-19 updates, vaccination options


Getty Images

The DeKalb County Health Department is giving recommendations for getting vaccinated.

By Caleb Johnson, Lifestyle Writer

DeKalb – The DeKalb County Health Department has released a community health and COVID-19 update.

DeKalb County is currently at high levels of COVID-19 cases, according to the DCHD. The department recommends that all residents that are able to get vaccinated and to get booster shots. The department also urges those who feel sick should stay home. The DCHD is also offering vaccines for state residents. Appointments are available two days a week: Monday and Friday, with walk-ins on Friday only.

The health department recommends that residents get their flu vaccines. Flu vaccines are available annually through the DCHD and the CDC. The department recommends getting the shot in September or October. Due to delays, the DCHD is currently out of stock of flu vaccines, but community members can find flu shot locations through the CDC’s vaccine website.

The department also maintains that cases of monkeypox remain low in DeKalb county. However, it is still recommended to remain aware of symptoms. Residents who want to know more about monkeypox can read the CDC’s informational guide. The DCHD only offers monkeypox vaccines to those already infected with the virus or to those with direct contact with someone who has tested positive. However, the CDC offers a monkeypox vaccine locator for others who want to get vaccinated.

The DCHD is also offering assistance to residents applying for health insurance through the health insurance marketplace. The DCHD is also offering back-to-school immunizations.