PAGE IS RETIRED Vax Report: Voccio says focus includes getting second doses to area residents; goal remains ‘getting vaccine into people’s arms to save lives.’ Georgia vaccinations Saturday: 1,429,643.

PAGE IS RETIRED Vax Report: Voccio says focus includes getting second doses to area residents; goal remains ‘getting vaccine into people’s arms to save lives.’ Georgia vaccinations Saturday: 1,429,643.

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Weekly update from Dr. Gary Voccio, health director for the Georgia Department of Public Health Northwest Health District:
  • Voccio says the district has vaccinated around 35,000 people in 10 counties to date and Moderna remains the vaccine being used. He urged those in the 1A-plus designation (65 and older, caregivers, healthcare workers) to call for an appointment and to be patient.
  • For now, “we’re focusing primarily on getting second doses to people” as call-backs are well under way.
  • The first dose has minimal symptoms, he says, while the second dose seems to have more side effects such as a fever, body aches and headaches. “It goes away in about 24 hours,” he adds.
  • The goal remains “getting vaccine into people’s arms to save lives.”
  • Some good news: “Over the past couple of weeks we’re seeing the numbers coming down… some of the counties are in single digits for positivity rates,” he says. That said, the virus remains “highly transmittable.”
  • The average person testing positive is in their 40, he says, while the average age of those dying from the virus remains in the 70s. The health department did see an increase in cases among those 18 and older during the Christmas surge.

Friday:  Governor Brian P. Kemp and Dr. Toomey announced more than 1 million Georgians have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine. As of Friday, February 12, 1,010,521 Georgians had received at least one dose of vaccine, while 348,561 Georgians have completed the full series of doses. Georgia has now administered over 75 percent of doses shipped to the State.


The Georgia Department of Public Health vaccine dashboard tracks the number of providers enrolled to give vaccines, allocations and shipments from vaccine manufacturers, and vaccines administered. The dashboard will reflect the previous day’s totals, and will be updated at 6 p.m. each day. The dashboard can be found on the DPH website at https://dph.georgia.gov.
  • Through Saturday: 1,429,643.

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Dr. Christopher Hall, Biology professor at Berry College, joined Georgia Highlands’ Community Watch this week to discuss the coronavirus vaccination and safety concerns.

Hall was interviewed by hosts Dr. Jon Hershey and Greg Shropshire. Hall earned his Ph.D. in Immunology/Cellular Biology from the University of Georgia in 2000 and has development more than a dozen courses on disease and immunology. He likewise belongs to a host of related associations and has dozens of honors for his research.

Hall believes the vaccine could save millions of lives. “Personally, I’m in line to get the vaccine as soon as they tell me I can get it,” he says. “It doesn’t cause any red flags to pop up for me” in terms of safety.

Click the above arrow or here to listen to the 30-minute interview.

Hall joined Jon and Greg in August to discuss masks and their importance. Mask interview.

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