Administering the COVID-19 vaccine has become the top priority for the Chatham County Health Department as the availability of life-saving doses increases in the Coastal Health District, requiring the restriction of some regular services, according to a press announcement issued by the CHD on Dec. 23. The administration of the COVID-19 vaccine is currently in phase 1a, meaning that coronavirus inoculations are prioritized for frontline healthcare workers as well as staff and residents of long-term care facilities. While this process is underway, Chatham County Health will only be providing essential services made by appointment. Essential services include Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) treatments, childhood immunizations required for school attendance, infectious disease services (STD/TB/HIV), contraception services, and child dental services. Additionally, many existing appointments may be rescheduled. “All of the services we provide are important to people in our community, and we understand this is inconvenient,” said Dr. Lawton Davis, CHD health director. “But with limited staffing and resources, our focus must be on administration of this potentially life-saving vaccine.” Appointments for essential services at the CHD Midtown Clinic (1602 Drayton St., Savannah) can be arranged by calling 912-651-3378, or at the Eisenhower Clinic (1395 Eisenhower Dr., Savannah) by calling 912-356-2441.