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Savannah Area Chamber

The Savannah Chamber Weekly Digest
Everything You Need to Know From the Chamber

April 19, 2021

Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce


Over the past several weeks, whenever I have been asked whether I plan to get the COVID-19 vaccine my answer has been a resounding, yes!  In fact, I received my first vaccination on March 29, and I am proud to say that I received my second vaccination TODAY!

As a member of the business community, my message to you today is please encourage your employees, your friends, and your family to get vaccinated.

In a world still waiting to return to “normal” amid the pandemic, getting vaccinated is our best hope in Chatham County to get back to a more normal way of life. Business leaders now have a unique opportunity to show true leadership and civic responsibility by getting vaccinated and encouraging your workforce to protect themselves and the community.

According to Dr. Lawton Davis with the Public Health Department, 127,000 doses have been administered in Chatham County, with 80 percent of people 65 and older being vaccinated. However, Dr. Lawton reported that only 12 percent of people aged 25 to 35 are vaccinated in Chatham County, which is the group with the largest numbers of new cases. 

Understandably, some people have concerns about getting vaccinated, however the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta ensures us that vaccines have been developed with safety as their top priority. The CDC also reminds us that fully vaccinated people can resume things that came to a stop during the height of the pandemic. Things like visiting other fully vaccinated family and friends and resuming travel this summer.

COVID-19 vaccines are readily available in the Coastal Health District. Thanks to Governor Brian Kemp and the Georgia Department of Public Health, restrictions have been lifted, now making all Georgians 16 years of age and older eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. While vaccines are available at the Health Department, several healthcare providers around the Coastal Health Districts have enrolled to administer vaccinations with no appointment needed. Below is a list of where you and your employees can get vaccinated in Chatham County. 

Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) site at Gulfstream Aerospace, located at 2 Innovation Drive, no longer requires an appointment; however, appointments are strongly encouraged and will help you move through the queue more quickly. Appointments can be scheduled here. The site is open Tuesday through Saturday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and offers Pfizer vaccine, which is authorized for age 16 and older. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

In Chatham County, free transportation is available to the mass vaccination site at Gulfstream. For more information call 912-856-4563 to reserve a free transport. The call center is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Other Providers:

I am proud to have been vaccinated against COVID. Please help spread the word and help the business community be a leader in the fight against the pandemic!

Jon Pannell, Chamber Chairman
Gray Pannell & Woodward LLP


Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce

Group Tour Council Meeting (Virtual) | Tuesday, April 20

Join us for the latest in group tour and entertainment news for our destination. At April’s Group Tour Meeting, group tour travel professionals will have an opportunity to network online, chat and stay connected to peers. Please register to receive the Zoom Meeting Information.

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Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce

April Business Connection at The DeSoto Savannah | Wednesday, April 21

Join us at The DeSoto Savannah and be the first to learn about the Savannah Arena – coming early 2022 – offering more than 150 concerts and events a year, as well as the future home of the new Savannah East Coast Hockey League Hockey Team! Light bites and drinks will be available.

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More Networking
Group Tour Council Meeting (Virtual)
April Business Connection at The DeSoto Savannah
2021 Georgia Power Sports Awards Luncheon
Starland Yard Business Connection

COVID-19 is still a concern in our community. The following guidelines will be enforced for all in-person networking events:

  • Social Distancing Required
  • Masks required when not eating or drinking
  • Hand sanitizer will be provided


Welcome our newest members and remember to do business with our fellow Chamber members!


Thank you to these members for their continued support through their membership.


Please support your fellow Chamber members by attending these upcoming ribbon cutting and grand opening events!


We appreciate our members and each week provide insight about member companies and their services. 




As health and government officials are working to maintain the safety, security, and health of our communities, Savannah area small businesses are encouraged to do their part to keep their employees, customers, and themselves healthy. All Savannah area employers need to consider how best to decrease the spread COVID-19 in their workplace in the event of an outbreak in Chatham and surrounding counties. Click here to explore what resources are available for individuals and businesses at this time.

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