SGMC to host Saturday COVID-19 Vaccination Drive-Thru

August 2, 2021

South Georgia Medical Center will host a COVID-19 vaccination drive-thru event at its Smith Northview Campus on Saturday, Aug. 7 from 9am-3pm. All unvaccinated persons 12 and older are encouraged to visit the site to receive their free COVID-19 vaccine.  


SGMC has seen a dramatic increase of COVID-19 positive hospitalizations over the past weeks, with the majority of those patients being unvaccinated.  According to SGMC officials, there have been a small percentage of break through cases, however, those individuals are less likely to require hospitalization and seem to recover more quickly. 


“Although we have already administered more than 36,000 vaccinations since December of 2020, Lowndes county is still only at 27 percent fully vaccinated. The Delta variant is here and more transmissible. With schools starting back, we want to make it as easy as possible for people to get vaccinated before the Fall,” said Director of Infection Prevention Scarlett Rivera. 


“Vaccinations are our best line of defense and we want to encourage all populations to protect themselves and those around them by getting vaccinated,” said Rivera. 


SGMC will be administering the Pfizer vaccine and interested individuals can pre-register online at, call 229-433-1068, or simply visit the SGMC Smith Northview Campus located at 4280 N. Valdosta Road in Valdosta on Saturday, Aug. 7 from 9am-3pm.