SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – State and local health officials continue to encourage Georgians to get vaccinated. Doctors say they don’t see vaccination rates where they need to go.
Across the state, health officials say those children are still not rolling up their sleeves.
“As you go down in each age segment every 10 years or so it pours lower, lower and lower,” said Health Director with Coastal Health District Drs. Lawton Davis.
Davis said the Coastal Empire has a number of vaccines available that are ready to be injected. Some doses end within the next six weeks.
“At this point if someone comes in and wants a dose of the vaccine and we have to open up a new malignancy that means we could risk missing four or five doses,” he said.
Earlier this year, the district delivered more than 8,000 shots per week. Now, that number is no less than 1,000 shots per week.
“In public health alone, I want to see us doing more than 1,000 to 1,500 a week at a minimum,” Davis said.
Georgia Public Health Commissioner Dr. Kathleen Toomey is crossing the state touring the counties to encourage people to get vaccinated. One of his stops was in Hostess City on Wednesday.
“Please if you haven’t already, get vaccinated. We have a lot of opportunities for vaccination across the state, ”Toomey said.
As hospitalizations fell, doctors continued to warn about COVID-19 varieties. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has called the Delta variant, which was first identified in India, a concern.
Davis believes that when we look at vaccination rates and herd resistance, he wants to start looking at how many people have COVID-19 and are cured because those who have it have developed a resistance to virus response.
“I don’t think it’s fair to say that we only have 34 percent of the loss,” Davis said. “We know a lot of people are infected and cured, you can add up the numbers of people being vaccinated.”
Vaccination events are still ongoing in the area. JC Lewis Primary Health Care partnered with Oglethorpe Mall on Thursday to increase community immunization numbers.
It will take place at 12:30 pm inside the mall between Versona and Macy’s.