Resulting from a scarcity of COVID-19 vaccine provides, Cobb and Douglas Public Well being mentioned Friday it’s briefly “pausing” appointments for the general public.
Since early January, the well being company had been releasing appointment slots every Friday for the next week, prioritizing well being care staff, first responders and folks ages 65 and older.
However the newest replace, which didn’t specify when vaccinations would possibly resume, indicated that present provides might not improve till March or April.
In a message on its website, Cobb and Douglas Public Well being additionally mentioned that those that have a beforehand scheduled appointment for a primary or second dose “won’t be affected by this transformation until you might have been contacted.”
The company mentioned that when extra appointments turn out to be obtainable, they are going to be posted on its web site and social media accounts.
In its standing replace on Friday—you can read through it by clicking here—Cobb and Douglas Public Well being mentioned it has administered 14,000 doses of the COVID vaccines since early January, together with 11,896 at Jim Miller Park in Marietta.
However solely 410 doses got at Jim Miller on Friday, down from practically 700 that had been distributed on Monday. That determine was offered in a briefing Tuesday to Cobb commissioners by Cobb and Douglas Public Well being director Dr. Janet Memark.
In her remarks, Memark mentioned the company was “prioritizing second doses” and that “if we have now some additional we’ll schedule a primary dose.”
However because the week continued the obtainable vaccine doses started working out.
The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are being given by Cobb and Douglas Public Well being, which is hopeful that it quickly will get provides of the Astra Zeneca and Johnson and Johnson vaccines. The latter is a single-dose vaccine.
As of Saturday there have been 50,173 confirmed COVID circumstances in Cobb County from PCR checks and 11,923 extra from antigen checks since final March.
A complete of 693 have died in Cobb since that point, and 38 have been reported since Monday. These embrace 13 deaths reported on Wednesday and 12 on Thursday.
The case charge is beginning to drop barely in Cobb, as are the group unfold figures. As of Saturday, the 14-day common of circumstances per 100,000 folks within the county is 661, after surpassing 1,000 earlier this month.
Earlier this week Cobb and metro-Atlanta college board members and superintendents despatched letters to Gov. Brian Kemp asking for varsity workers to be prioritized for vaccines, however on Tuesday his spokesman mentioned that Kemp “has repeatedly said—as just lately as at this time—that as quickly as Georgia begins to obtain elevated vaccine provide, lecturers and college workers will completely be included in any expanded standards.”
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