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Over 2,000 vaccines administered in last week


  • By Joe Adgie
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  • Oct. 26, 2021 - 12:46 PM

Over 2,000 vaccines administered in last week

The Newnan Times-Herald

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 69,474 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 63,344 residents, or 44 percent of the population, are listed as fully vaccinated.

Overall, a total of 131,503 vaccines have been administered to Coweta County residents, or a rate of 91,793 per 100,000. That total went up by 2,027 over the last week, which was down from the week before. That week, 2,471 vaccines were administered, and 3,051 vaccines were administered the week before that.

Of the 68,647 who have received at least one dose, 1,850 are age 10-14; 3,969 are between ages 15-19; 3,740 are between ages 20-24; 7,744 are between 25 and 34 years old; 9,447 are between 35 and 44 years old; 12,172 are between the ages of 45 and 54; 13,441 are 55-64 years old; 10,559 are 65-74 years old; 5,173 are between 75 and 84; and 1,374 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 11,102,516 vaccines have been administered, for a rate of 106,715 per 100,000 people.

A total of 5,788,049 Georgians, or 56 percent of the population, have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, while 5,154,793, or 50 percent, are classified as fully vaccinated.

Nationwide, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, a total of 220,519,217 people have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, for a rate of 66.4 percent of the total population. A total of 190,699,790 people, or 57.4 percent of the nation’s population, are fully vaccinated.

A total of 13,262,718 people, or 7 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, CDC to consider use of COVID vaccine for children

In the coming weeks, the COVID-19 vaccines could be rolled out to children aged 5-11, depending on a ruling from the FDA and the CDC.

The FDA’s independent advisory committee met Tuesday, and the CDC’s independent advisory committee will meet Nov. 2-3 to determine if a pediatric dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine will be approved for emergency use authorization.

If so, a total of 28 million pediatric doses will be distributed nationwide, and will be administered by over 25,000 pediatric offices and other primary care centers across the country, as well as pharmacies, children’s hospitals and other community health centers.

The pediatric dose would be a lower dose for children, but would remain a two-dose series, similar to the COVID-19 vaccine for adults.

According to FDA documents, the administration could issue an emergency use authorization if an agent — in this instance, COVID-19 — can cause a serious or life-threatening disease or condition, and the medical product — in this instance, the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine — may be effective to prevent, diagnose or treat the serious or life-threatening condition caused by the agent, and the known and potential benefits of the product outweigh the risks.

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. 19, out of 5,100,356 fully vaccinated people in the state at the time, only 65,510 people, or 1.28 percent, tested positive.

2,650 people, or 0.05 percent, were hospitalized for any reason and tested positive for COVID-19.

Only 806 people, or 0.01 percent, died due to COVID-19.

Between Jan. 1 and Oct. 19, the state reported 836,690 positive cases of COVID-19 among 5,609,661 unvaccinated or partially vaccinated persons, 38,529 people hospitalized for any reason and tested positive for COVID-19, and 11,212 deaths among that same population.