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Vaccine rate slowing in Coweta


  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Sep. 08, 2021 - 1:24 PM

Vaccine rate slowing in Coweta

The Newnan Times-Herald

Over 1,200 vaccines were administered to Coweta County residents over the course of the last week, according to data from the Georgia Department of Public Health.

The DPH reports that 62,323 Coweta County residents have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, or 44 percent of the total population in the county.

A total of 54,384 residents, or 38 percent of the population, are listed as fully vaccinated.

Overall, a total of 112,999 vaccines have been administered to Coweta County residents, or a rate of 78,876 per 100,000. That total went up by 1,272 over the last week, a rate down from the week before. The week before, 2,840 vaccines were administered, and 3,233 vaccines were administered the week before that.

Of the 62,323 who have received at least one dose, 1,176 are age 10-14; 3,205 are between ages 15-19; 3,219 are between ages 20-24; 6,288 are between 25 and 34 years old; 8,024 are between 35 and 44 years old; 10,738 are between the ages of 45 and 54; 12,360 are 55-64 years old; 10,275 are 65-74 years old; 5,512 are between 75 and 84, and 1,525 are 85 or older.

Currently, those 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.

Across the state, a total of 9,793,897 vaccines have been administered, for a rate of 94,137 per 100,000 people.

A total of 5,355,744 Georgians, or 51 percent of the population, have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, while 4,565,943, or 44 percent, are classified as fully vaccinated.

Nationwide, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, a total of 206,908,710 people have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, for a rate of 62.3 percent of the total population. A total of 175,968,266 people, or 53 percent of the nation’s population, are fully vaccinated.

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 be counted in Coweta County’s vaccine numbers. Conversely, a resident of McDonough that receives a 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.

Vaccines are safe, free and easy to obtain

In an effort to get people vaccinated, Piedmont is offering vaccines at a designated location every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

The vaccines will be administered at Piedmont Physicians at Thomas Crossroads, located at 2959 Sharpsburg McCullum Road in Newnan.

Those interested in receiving the vaccine can schedule an appointment by calling 770-683-6567 or 770-502-2040. Other locations in the county, including Lee-King, Lee-Goodrum, Thompson’s and larger chain pharmacies, are offering the vaccine for free as well.

The Georgia Department of Public Health is holding COVID-19 drive-thru testing Tuesday and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on the first and third Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Coweta County Fairgrounds, located at 275 Pine Road in Newnan. Appointments can be made at district4health.org/locations/coweta-county.

In addition, the Coweta County Health Department continues to offer COVID-19 vaccinations every Monday, at 70 Hospital Road in Newnan.

To search for a COVID-19 vaccine in your area, visit the CDC’s vaccine finder at vaccines.gov.

Breakthrough COVID cases exceedingly rare

The risk of a breakthrough case is exceedingly low, according to data from the Georgia Department of Public Health, proving the COVID-19 vaccines’ effectiveness against the virus.

Between Jan. 1 and Sept. 1, out of 4,525,159 fully vaccinated people in the state at the time, only 32,168 people, or 0.71 percent, tested positive.

1,251 people, or 0.02 percent, were hospitalized for any reason and tested positive for COVID-19.

Only 219 people, or 0.004 percent, died due to COVID-19.

Between Jan. 1 and Sept. 1, the state reported 656,783 positive cases of COVID-19 among unvaccinated or partially vaccinated persons, and 7,086 deaths among that same population.