RETIRED: Vaccine updates: 20,421 people have received both vaccine doses in NW Georgia through Saturday. Latest from Dr. Voccio: 90,000 in 12-county region vaccinated. ‘Important to still wear mask if vaccinated’.

RETIRED: Vaccine updates: 20,421 people have received both vaccine doses in NW Georgia through Saturday. Latest from Dr. Voccio: 90,000 in 12-county region vaccinated. ‘Important to still wear mask if vaccinated’.

Note: we are retiring this page as of midnight Feb. 21. For the latest summary, please click here.

 


Latest update from Dr. Gary Voccio, health director for Northwest Georgia Public Health:

  • Over 90,000 vaccines distributed in Northwest Georgia to those in Group 1A+ category: heathcare workers, first responders and those 65 and older.
  • Public Health is giving the Moderna vaccine. The 2 doses have to be given 28 days apart, but you have an additional 14 day window after 28 days if necessary.
  • Public Health will schedule your first vaccine, but will call you for the 2nd dose at 28 days when vaccine is available.
  • Only vaccinating Georgia residents now in Group 1A+ category. NWGA Public Health will vaccinate anyone from anywhere in Georgia, but you should get both vaccines in same county.
  • If you work in Georgia, but reside in another state, you can still be vaccinated in Georgia.
  • It’s important to still wear a mask if you have received your vaccine because there are COVID variants (South African and Brazilian variants, especially) that the vaccine may not fully-protect you from.

 

Vaccines as of Feb. 20: We’ve changed our listing to include only those who have received both doses.

  • Floyd: 11,812 have both doses (includes healthcare workers, families who live outside Floyd County).
  • Bartow: 3,289 have both doses.
  • Gordon: 2,294 have both doses.
  • Polk: 1,556 have both doses.
  • Chattooga: 1,470 have both doses.
  • Total: 20,421 have both doses.
  • Statewide: 584,682 people have received both doses.
  • For more: Click Vaccines.

Why are the Floyd County vaccination numbers so high? We asked Logan Boss of the Northwest Health District. His response:

Several factors, primarily vaccinations at Redmond, FMC and Harbin, along with the other providers that are beginning to come online here (Publix, Walmart, Winslette, etc.), although that’s a small percentage. Also, the number includes people from other counties being immunized at Floyd providers  —  these number are by county where immunized, not county of residence. Another factor is that the Floyd County Health department is our largest health department and capable of faster processing.


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.

To contact your county’s health department office, please call:

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