At this level there’s solely “a meager and sporadic provide” of COVID-19 vaccine accessible in Northwest Georgia because the unfold of the virus continues at a excessive price.
“We want we had sufficient vaccine accessible for everybody who needs it proper now and remorse we don’t,” Dr. Gary Voccio, well being director for the Division of Public Well being Northwest Well being District mentioned in a launch.
“Till the vaccine turns into extra available, we ask on your endurance and understanding. Everybody who wishes the COVID-19 vaccine will in the end have the ability to get it.”
Throughout a press convention on Friday, Gov. Brian Kemp mentioned state officers are working to distribute round 11,500 doses per day.
Kemp mentioned Georgia’s vaccine distribution program is “making regular progress” however continues to be constrained by the restricted variety of doses the state has obtained up to now. He expects distribution “will probably be ramped up” within the coming weeks.
Kemp’s replace on vaccine distribution got here as Georgia logged its highest-ever each day complete of reported optimistic COVID-19 circumstances on Friday at 10,400. Floyd County continues to report 50-60 new infections every day. These new infections have continued to emphasize already harried healthcare services.
As of Friday, there have been 158 COVID-19 optimistic sufferers being handled in native healthcare services.
Regardless of that, no new restrictions on companies or any lockdowns are forthcoming regardless of the spike, Kemp mentioned, including he’ll “have an open thoughts” within the occasion “one thing modifications.”
Georgia’s rollout has been sophisticated by massive demand for vaccines from health-care staff in metro Atlanta in comparison with hospitals and clinics in additional rural components of the state, the place Kemp mentioned some front-line staff have refused to take the vaccine. He referred to as their reluctance “unimaginable” and urged everybody to get the vaccine as soon as it’s accessible.
Round 135,000 vaccines have been administered out of the roughly 554,000 doses shipped to Georgia as of Thursday night, in keeping with the state Division of Public Well being’s web site – although Kemp mentioned the web site’s information is lagging behind the variety of vaccines truly given up to now.
Native well being departments have been swamped with requests to ebook appointments Kemp broadened which Georgians can obtain the vaccine final week to folks 65-years of age and older, police and firefighters.
For these seeking to obtain a vaccine as soon as it’s accessible can the well being division at or go to the Georgia Division of Public Well being Northwest Well being District web site nwgapublichealth.org to register. As soon as vaccines can be found those that have registered will probably be notified.
“We’re unsure how lengthy that is perhaps,” mentioned Nichole Crick, the district’s well being district program supervisor. “All immunizations will probably be by appointment solely. We can not accommodate walk-ins till a extra dependable and plentiful provide of vaccine is accessible,” she mentioned.
As extra of the vaccine is accessible, and the state authorizes it for bigger parts of the inhabitants, it will likely be accessible via different healthcare suppliers and pharmacies, Crick mentioned.
RN-T Editor John Bailey and Capitol Beat author Beau Evans contributed to this report.