- Vaccination is more urgent than ever.
- COVID-19 Cases and the Delta Variant are on the rise in Georgia.
- Only 40% of Georgians are fully vaccinated.
Vaccination is more urgent than ever. If you were waiting for the right time to get vaccinated, now is the time! The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is urging Georgians to get vaccinated as the number of new COVID-19 cases increases daily and the Delta variant spreads.
The COVID case rate in Georgia has increased 204% over the past 14 days. A few days ago, new cases totaled 4,612, the highest daily number since mid-February. Hospitalizations have increased by approximately 50% in the last 14 days and deaths have increased by approximately 18% in the same period. The vaccination has stalled statewide and only 40% of Georgians are fully vaccinated.
Delta variant represents 78% of new cases
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that the Delta variant accounts for 78% of new COVID cases in Georgia, making vaccination more urgent than ever. The Delta variant is more than twice as easily transmitted from person to person compared to previous strains. The greatest spread of cases and severe outcomes occur in settings with low vaccination rates, and virtually all hospitalizations and deaths continue to occur among the unvaccinated.
“Unfortunately, we can expect the COVID numbers to continue to grow. People who are not vaccinated or who skip the second dose of the vaccine are targets of infection, ”said Kathleen E. Toomey, MD, MPH, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health.
Vaccination will reduce the spread of the virus
“Getting vaccinated is the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and the Delta variant. High vaccination coverage will reduce the spread of the virus in your community and elsewhere, and help prevent the emergence of new variants, “added E. Toomey, MD, MPH
All Georgians 12 years and older are urged to get vaccinated against COVID-19. If you receive the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, you should receive your second dose to make sure you are fully protected. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their last dose of vaccine.
COVID vaccines are safe
COVID vaccines licensed for use in the US are safe and effective against COVID-19 and the variants that are circulating. Vaccination is the best defense to prevent serious illness, hospitalization, and death. The delta variant is causing some “vaccine breakthrough infections,” that is, infections in fully vaccinated people, but even so, most breakthrough infections are mild.
In areas with substantial and high transmission (https://dph.georgia.gov/county-indicator-reports), the CDC recommends that everyone (including fully vaccinated individuals) wear a mask in indoor public settings to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and the Delta variant.
COVID vaccines are free and widely available throughout the state without insurance or identification. To find a vaccination site or to schedule an appointment to receive your coronavirus vaccine dose, visit https://dph.georgia.gov/covid-vaccine.
For more information and / or updates on the COVID-19 virus, you can visit the social media accounts of @GaDPH and Governor Brian Kemp @GovKemp on Twitter and @GaDPH and @GovKemp on Facebook. Filed Under: Vaccination is more urgent than ever.