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Coweta vaccination rate still lags behind nationwide rate


  • By Joe Adgie
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  • Jul. 27, 2021 - 3:39 PM

Coweta vaccination rate still lags behind nationwide rate

The Newnan Times-Herald

Coweta County residents are slowly getting vaccinated to protect against COVID-19.

According to data from the Georgia Department of Public Health, a total of 54,251 Coweta County residents have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, or 38 percent of the population. A total of 48,870 Coweta residents, or 34 percent of the population, have been fully vaccinated.

Across Coweta County, a total of 99,313 vaccines have been administered, at a rate of 69,323 per 100,000.

According to U.S. Census estimates for 2019, Coweta County’s population is 148,509.

Of those 54,251 that have received at least one dose, 656 of them are from ages 10-14, 2,253 are between ages 15-19, 2,655 are between ages 20-24, 5,079 are between 25 and 34 years old, 6,691 are between 35 and 44 years old, 9,293 are between the ages of 45 and 54, 11,087 are 55-64 years old, 9,757 are 65-74 years old, 5,299 are between 75 and 84, and 1,478 are above 85 years of age.

Currently, all residents 12 years of age and older can receive a COVID-19 vaccine. According to the DPH, the two-dose Pfizer vaccine is the only vaccine authorized for those from age 12-17, while those 18 and older can receive the two-dose Moderna vaccine, the Pfizer vaccine or the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Statewide, a total of 4,648,729 residents of Georgia have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine for a rate of 45 percent, while 4,136,214 residents, or 40 percent, are fully vaccinated.

Nationwide, according to the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, a total of 188,472,188 people nationwide have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine for a rate of 56.8 percent. 163,025,726 people, or 49.1 percent, are fully vaccinated, for a rate of 49.1 percent.

Vaccine numbers are counted based on the home address of those that receive the vaccine, not based on the location where the vaccine is obtained, according to Hayla Folden, media relations specialist for the Georgia Department of Public Health District 4.

For instance, a Newnan resident receiving their vaccine in Fayetteville or Carrollton will count for Coweta County’s vaccine numbers. Conversely, a resident of McDonough that receives their vaccine in Newnan will be counted for Henry County, not Coweta County.

According to the CDC, “fully vaccinated” is defined as people who are two weeks past their second dose of a two-dose series of vaccine, such as the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine.