Over 2,000 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 69,131 Coweta County residents have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, or 48 percent of the total population in the county.
A total of 62,603 residents, or 44 percent of the population, are listed as fully vaccinated.
Overall, a total of 129,476 vaccines have been administered to Coweta County residents, or a rate of 90,378 per 100,000. That total went up by 2,471 over the last week, which was down from the week before. That week, 3,051 vaccines were administered, and 1,216 vaccines were administered the week before that.
Of the 68,647 who have received at least one dose, 1,830 are age 10-14; 3,940 are between ages 15-19; 3,712 are between ages 20-24; 7,68 are between 25 and 34 years old; 9,394 are between 35 and 44 years old; 12,124 are between the ages of 45 and 54; 13,386 are 55-64 years old; 10,531 are 65-74 years old; 5,156 are between 75 and 84; and 1,367 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 10,931,915 vaccines have been administered, for a rate of 105,075 per 100,000 people.
A total of 5,747,285 Georgians, or 55 percent of the population, have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, while 5,100,356, or 49 percent, are classified as fully vaccinated.
Nationwide, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, a total of 218,973,123 people have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, for a rate of 66 percent of the total population. A total of 189,292,559 people, or 57 percent of the nation’s population, are fully vaccinated.
A total of 10,681,175 people, or 5.6 percent of those fully vaccinated, have also received a booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
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.
FDA to consider emergency use authorization for COVID oral drug
On Nov. 30, a committee of the Food and Drug Administration will meet to discuss a request from Merck and Ridgeback for an emergency use authorization for molnupiravir, an investigational antiviral drug to treat COVID-19.
The FDA’s Antimicrobial Drugs Advisory Committee will meet to discuss available data supporting the use of the drug to treat mild to moderate COVID-19 in adults who have tested positive, and who are high risk for progression to severe COVID-19, including hospitalization and death.
“The FDA is evaluating the safety and effectiveness data submitted by Merck and Ridgeback in their emergency use authorization request for molnupiravir, a new oral treatment for high risk individuals with a newly diagnosed COVID-19 infection,” said Patricia Cavazzoni, M.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, in a press release.
“We believe that, in this instance, a public discussion of these data with the agency’s advisory committee will help ensure clear understanding of the scientific data and information that the FDA is evaluating to make a decision about whether to authorize this treatment for emergence use,” Cavazzoni said.
According to a release from the FDA, the committee will hear presentations from the company regarding the data for the antiviral drug. The FDA will also present its perspective regarding the data, and there will be an open public hearing where the public will be given an opportunity to provide comments.
Background material will be made available by the FDA for the meeting no later than two business days before the meeting. In addition, the FDA will live-stream the committee meeting on their YouTube page and on the FDA’s website.
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 noon 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 are rare
The risk of a breakthrough case is low, according to data from the Georgia Department of Public Health, proving the COVID-19 vaccines’ effectiveness against the virus.
Between Jan. 1 and Oct. 12, out of 5,023,658 fully vaccinated people in the state at the time, only 63,298 people, or 1.26 percent, tested positive.
2,479 people, or 0.05 percent, were hospitalized for any reason and tested positive for COVID-19.
Only 741 people, or 0.01 percent, died due to COVID-19.
Between Jan. 1 and Oct. 12, the state reported 828,072 positive cases of COVID-19 among 5,686,359 unvaccinated or partially vaccinated persons, 37,423 people hospitalized for any reason and tested positive for COVID-19, and 10,710 deaths among that same population.