Nearly half of all Coweta County residents have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, according to data from the Georgia Department of Public Health.
On Monday, the DPH reported that 139,632 COVID-19 vaccines have been administered to Coweta County residents, for a rate of 97,467 per 100,000 people.
A total of 69,569 Coweta residents, or 49 percent of the total population, have received at least one-dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, as of Monday. A total of 63,621 people, or 44 percent, are classified as “fully vaccinated.”
Of the 69,569 residents that have received at least one dose, 297 are ages 5-9, 2,083 are aged 10-14; 3,958 are between ages 15-19; 3,698 are between ages 20-24; 7,598 are between 25 and 34 years old; 9,263 are between 35 and 44 years old; 12,009 are between the ages of 45 and 54; 13,436 are 55-64 years old; 10,614 are 65-74 years old; 5,224 are between 75 and 84; and 1,386 are 85 or older.
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.
Across the state, a total of 12,007,520 vaccines have been administered, for a rate of 115,414 per 100,000 people.
A total of 5,998,470 Georgians, or 58 percent of the population, have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, while 5,283,949, or 51 percent, are classified as fully vaccinated.
Nationwide, according to the CDC in Atlanta, a total of 230,732,565 people have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, for a rate of 69.5 percent of the total population. A total of 196,398,948 people, or 59.2 percent of the nation’s population, are fully vaccinated.
A total of 36,058,472 people, or 18.4 percent of those fully vaccinated, have also received a booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
CDC recommends booster shots for all adults
On Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta recommended that all adults aged 18 or older receive a booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine at least six months after their second dose.
“After critical scientific evaluation, today’s unanimous decision carefully considered the current state of the pandemic, the latest vaccine effectiveness data over time, and review of safety data from people who have already received a COVID-19 primary vaccine series and booster,” said Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the CDC. “Booster shots have demonstrated the ability to safety increase people’s protection against infection and severe outcomes, and are an important public health tool to strengthen our defense against the virus as we enter the winter holidays.”
In addition, the CDC continues to recommend that the 47 million Americans that are not yet vaccinated to get vaccinated as soon as possible to protect themselves, their families, loved ones and communities.
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.