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Cobb/Douglas Public Health website down as state launches vaccine expansion

The site was down early Monday due to a server issue, officials said.

COBB COUNTY, Ga. — The Cobb/Douglas Public Health Department website was down early Monday morning, the same day Georgia is expanding vaccine availability.

Those looking to access the website for vaccine information instead are being greeted by a "403 - Forbidden Error" message.

According to the department, the website outage is due to a server issue.

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"We are currently working on the issue and will have it resolved as soon as possible," a statement said. "Thank you for your patience."

Valerie Crowe in the Cobb and Douglas Public Health Department gave this update in the afternoon:

"The Cobb & Douglas Public Health website is currently down due to a server issue. We are currently working on the issue and will have it resolved as soon as possible. We ask that everyone please be patient. We hope to release the appointment website link (which is different from the health department website) sometime today."

The state on Monday is moving into a new phase of vaccine distribution, Phase 1A+, which will expand availability to adults over the age of 65 and their caregivers as well as more types of first responders, such as 9-1-1 operators and volunteer firefighters.

That means a far larger pool of people now who will be able to seek out the vaccine.

The state has activated four mass vaccination sites, one of them in Cobb County.

Beginning on Tuesday, the Cobb and Douglas Public Health district will begin vaccinating residents in the new phase. 

An appointment system for people in Phase 1A+ is supposed to go live on the CDPH website beginning today.