A mass vaccination event will be held Saturday, April 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Oconee County Civic Center. Registration is required at cityofwatkinsville.com/234/Covidvaccine or by calling  (706) 769-5161. 

The goal is to vaccinate 50 people every 15 minutes. Participants will need to return on Saturday, May 8 for their second dose of the Pfizer vaccine. Side effects include temporary arm soreness, tiredness, headache, muscle and joint pain, nausea, chills and fever. 

Vaccines are free; no insurance is required. The vaccines will be provided by University Cancer and Blood Center, and the event is co-sponsored by Oconee County, Athens Masonic District 6 Prince Hall and the city of Watkinsville.

“I am a firm believer that the fastest way to a normal summer is shots in as many arms as possible as fast as possible,” said Watkinsville Acting Mayor Brian Brodrick.

“People coming together in order tomeet the needs in our community is a cornerstone of what makesOconee County so special,” said Board of Commissioners Chairman John Daniell. 

The event is also the second official event of Oconee’s Unity in the Community group, which promotes engagement and service. The group is planning a second community food distribution on Saturday, April 24. Volunteers are needed from 8:30-10:30 a.m. off Dowdy Road behind Trader Joe’s.  

In other news, nearly 800 educators received their second COVID-19 vaccine dose due to a partnership between Oconee County Schools and Piedmont Athens Regional’s Oconee Health Campus.

Last week, active COVID-19 cases for OCS declined. As of last Friday, there were only eight COVID-19 cases and 31 people in quarantine due to close contact.

Enter art competition

The 2021 Congressional Art Competition deadline for high school students is Tuesday, April 13. The winning artist will have his or her artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year and will be awarded a trip to Washington, D.C. to attend a reception with other student winners from across the nation.

U.S. House Rep. Jody Hice will announce the winner Saturday, April 24 during a reception at the Monroe Walton Center for the Arts. For more information, email Mark.Elliott@mail.house.gov.  


Enjoy art show

The Oconee Cultural Art Foundation 26th annual SouthWorks Exhibition will go from April 16 to May 28.

The opening reception is Friday, April 16 from 6-8 p.m. Reservations can be made at ocaf.com/exhibitions. OCAF is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is located at 34 School Street.

For more on this story, see the April 8 edition of The Oconee Enterprise, on sale now at convenience stores and grocery stores and newspaper boxes throughout Oconee County. To subscribe, call (706) 769-5175 or visit the tab on our website. 

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