Doctors say vaccination rates continue to fall as vaccine expiration dates near

SAVANNAH, Georgia (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 be.

Health officials across the state say those younger don’t roll up their sleeves.

“If you go down in each age segment every 10 years or so, it just keeps going lower and lower,” said Dr. Lawton Davis, Director of Health for the Coastal Health District.

Davis said the coastal empire had an abundance of vaccines ready to go into arms. Some doses expire within the next six weeks.

“At this point, if someone comes in and wants a dose of vaccine and we have to open a new abomination, it means we run the risk of losing four or five doses,” he said.

The district fired more than 8,000 shots each week earlier this year. Today there are fewer than 1,000 recordings per week.

“In public health alone, I’d like to see us doing at least 1,000 to 1,500 a week,” said Davis.

Georgia Public Health Commissioner Dr. Kathleen Toomey, travels all over the state urging people to get vaccinated. One of her stops was on Wednesday in Hostess City.

“Please, if not, get vaccinated. We have so many vaccination options across the state, ”Toomey said.

As hospital stays decline, doctors continue to warn of COVID-19 variants. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are calling the Delta variant, first identified in India, of concern.

Davis believes that if we look at vaccination rates and herd immunity, he wants to study how many people have had COVID-19 and have recovered because those who had it developed an immune response to the virus.

“I don’t think it’s fair to say that we only have 34 percent herd immunity,” said Davis. “We know that many people who have had the infection and have recovered can add those numbers to those who have been vaccinated.”

Vaccination events continue to take place in the region. JC Lewis Primary Health Care is partnering with Oglethorpe Mall Thursday to help raise the community’s vaccination counts.

It takes place at 12:30 pm in the mall between Versona and Macy’s.

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