Health: 266 people have died here since delta surge began in August; since then, the number of fully vaccinated area residents has climbed by 7 to 8 points but still way behind state averages.

Health: 266 people have died here since delta surge began in August; since then, the number of fully vaccinated area residents has climbed by 7 to 8 points but still way behind state averages.

 


While Georgia is inching toward 50% of its residents being fully vaccinated from coronavirus, Northwest Georgia continues to drag down the numbers. Floyd County was at 41% as of Friday while all other counties were at 36%. There as little change since the Oct. 1 reports.

As for those with one of two recommended doses, the numbers have slowed. Even with September’s spike in deaths and new cases, Northwest Georgia has seen a three-percentage point increase of those getting the first of two shots. The region is in the low 40s while the state is at 55%.

The delta variant surge began locally around the first of August. Since then, 266 Northwest Georgia residents have died from coronavirus — 28% of the 948 deaths here since the first pandemic fatality in March 2020.

Source: Georgia Department of Public Health.

VACCINATIONS

Northwest Georgia’s health departments will begin offering booster shots to eligible people who previously had Pfizer vaccine on Monday. The recommendations for COVID vaccine booster shots are:
  •  People 65 years and older, and residents in long-term care settings should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least six months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series
  • People aged 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least six months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series
  • People aged 18–49 years with underlying medical conditions may receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least six months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks
  • People aged 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting may receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least six months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks.
Only the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine has been authorized as a booster dose, and the above recommendations will only apply to individuals who received the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for their primary series.
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