Media release: As of Monday, 50% of all Georgians (5,154,793) are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The CDC considers individuals fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose of a 2-dose series (Moderna or Pfizer) and two weeks after a single-dose vaccine (J&J). More than 56% of Georgians have received at least one dose of COVID vaccine.
The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is seeing consistent declines in the number of new cases, hospitalizations and deaths over the past two weeks.
“Having 50% of Georgians fully vaccinated is a positive step toward ending the COVID-19 pandemic in the state,” said Kathleen E. Toomey, M.D., M.P.H., commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health. “However, COVID-19 continues to spread in Georgia, particularly in areas of low vaccination rates, causing severe illness and death – deaths that are preventable.”
Toomey urges all eligible Georgians to get vaccinated to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to save lives. Individuals who remain unvaccinated leave themselves – and their children, families, loved ones, and communities – vulnerable to infection.
As of last week, all three COVID vaccines – Pfizer, J&J and Moderna – have been given EUA for booster doses for some individuals. Third doses and booster doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to nearly 120-thousand Georgians.
Women, by far, are more aggressive in taking preventative COVID vaccinations than men in Northwest Georgia and the state, according to data from the Georgia Department of Public Health. Some trends to watch through Oct. 22:
- In all five counties and the state, the percentage of women who’ve received at least one dose easily outpaces men.
- The biggest gaps are in Polk — 10% — and Chattooga, 9.9%.
- The smallest difference is in Gordon County – 4.8% — but Gordon also has the lowest percentage of women who have at last one dose so far (43.7%).
- Floyd County, likely because of it being a medical hub, has the most women with one dose — 48.5% — and most men, 42.4%.
- As with all vaccine data, area counties are far behind state averages, women and men: 15% in one county for women and 16% for the two lowest counties here for men.
- In Georgia, 53.3% of all positive COVID tests have been for women vs. 45.9% for men.Through Friday, Georgia has had almost 1.26 million COVID cases. Of those, 24,357 have died.
The number of people in each Northwest Georgia county completing their first dose of vaccination changed very little in the week ending Oct. 22. There was slightly better news when looking at the number of area residents now fully vaccinated through last Friday.