Georgia's state-run mass vaccination sites closing in May after Fall in demand

Georgia's state-run mass vaccination sites closing in May after Fall in demand

27 April 2021 Tuesday 14:17
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Georgia's state-run mass vaccination sites closing in May after Fall in demand

The websites could reopen if desired, according to the governor's office.

Georgia's eight state-operated mass vaccination sites are set to close on May 21 after"a notable decrease in demand," officials said.

After this Friday, the websites will no longer give first doses of the Pfizer vaccine. Instead, they'll offer second doses of Pfizer and the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine until May 21, based on Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Director Chris Stallings.

"This transition into the Johnson and Johnson single-dose vaccine for another month allows us to complete the entire vaccination cycle for Georgians who received their first Pfizer vaccination at our websites, continue providing COVID-19 Legislation to Georgians who wish to use our sites, and deploy Pfizer first doses formerly allocated to GEMA/HS [Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security] to other regional suppliers across Georgia," Stallings said in a statement Monday.

The"notable decrease in demand" has been clear over the past two weeks, Sterling noted.

Last week, there were 17,049 initial doses scheduled, '' he said.

Following the May closures, the websites could reopen if desired, Hall added.

"As supply and access to this COVID-19 vaccines has radically increased across the state, far more Georgians are currently able to readily access the vaccine in their regional pharmacy, grocery shop, or physician's office," Stallings said.

State data demonstrates 3,509,845 Georgians have received a minumum of one dose -- accounting for 34 percent of residents. The number of completely vaccinated residents is 2,416,111, or 23% of Georgians.

Around the U.S., 42.5percent of individuals have received a minumum of one dose, while 28.9% of Americans are fully vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Kemp said in a statement Monday,"It is currently the state's endeavor to work closely with local suppliers, private partners, public health districts, and trusted community leaders to encourage greater Georgians to have vaccinated. All these highly-effective vaccines are all our ticket back to normal, and the country stands ready to assist in getting more shots in arms moving ahead."



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