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Winter Delays Vaccine Rollout in Georgia

On Behalf of | Feb 25, 2021 | Covid- 19

Currently the efforts to distribute the Covid-19 vaccine in Georgia are being hampered by adverse weather conditions.

First doses have been administered across the state. However, persons who are waiting for their second dose could face a longer wait time than expected as the weather hampers the transportation of vaccines manufactured by Pfizer and Moderna.  Even without the disruption brought on by the weather, the vaccine roll out in Georgia has been slow. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most states are doing a better job of distributing the vaccines compared to Georgia. In fact, Georgia ranks an abysmal 46th in the list of states based on the speed of getting the vaccine out to residents quickly. Improvements are being made by the administration, so that more people, especially critical groups like health care workers, persons over 65, nursing home residents and their caregivers receive their doses quickly.

The Fulton County region has received the highest number of vaccines to date with more than 252,000 vaccines delivered to date.  Fulton is followed by Cobb County with more than 114,000 vaccines and DeKalb County with more than 104,000 doses distributed to date. The Gwinnett County area has had a little over 72,000 doses distributed. There also seem to be demographic differences in the distribution of the vaccines.  Blacks, who represent a third of the population, make up only 11 percent of the recipients of the vaccine to-date.