Grady lags behind state and nation for COVID vaccinations
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The Georgia Department of Public Health has updated its information on the number of Georgians vaccinated for COVID-19, and the change reveals a much stronger percentage of Grady County residents are fully vaccinated than what was reported last week.
The data shows that 6,733 Grady County residents, or 27 percent of all Grady County residents, are fully vaccinated, and 7,489 locals, or 30 percent, have received at least one dose.
Of those Grady County residents who have at least one dose, 4,292 are female, and 3,174 are male.
We still lag behind state numbers, which show 36 percent of all Georgians are fully vaccinated, and 42 percent have had at least one dose.
According to Nancy Nydam, Director of Communications for the Georgia Department of Public Health, “These updated data are the result of matching known vaccine recipient residency information with existing Georgia Department of Driver Services records. This more granular data provides additional transparency and accuracy in our county-level reporting and will help guide vaccination efforts in local communities.”
Last week, The Messenger reported data from the Centers for Disease Control that stated only 6.7 percent of Grady County residents were considered fully vaccinated by C.D.C. guidelines.
In Tuesday’s press release from the Georgia Department of Public Health, Nydam went on to state, “As of (Monday), there were 1,248,063 records with missing county information. Through this partnership, that number has been reduced to 463,330, a reduction of 784,733 doses administered but lacking information about county of residence.”
For information about COVID vaccines or to schedule a vaccination appointment, visit dph.ga.gov/covid-vaccine.
In the last week, Grady County has reported 10 new cases of COVID-19, but zero new deaths from the disease.
In neighboring counties such as Mitchell, there was only one new case reported, but two new deaths. In Thomas and Decatur counties, neither recorded a new death, while Thomas had 17 new cases and Decatur had two.
In the hospitals operated by Archbold Medical Centers, Grady General Hospital had one COVID-positive patient while Archbold Memorial Hospital in Thomasville had three COVID-positive patients, according to Shealy Register, spokeswoman.