COVID cases trend down but vaccinations stalled in coastal Georgia

In Chatham and neighboring counties, COVID-19 statistics are looking good. The number of hospital admissions and new cases every day has fallen to the level last seen around a year ago. Everyone is currently under 20.

But it’s too early to say the pandemic is over, said Dr. Lawton Davis, director of the Georgia Coastal Health District with eight counties.

“As I’ve said many times, statistics are like a lamppost, good for assistance but not necessarily for lighting,” Davis wrote in an email. “If you look at our local Community Transmission Index, 7-day moving average, positive test percentage and hospital admissions, the signs are good and we are on a decline in COVID-19. If you look at the vaccine count Residents focus, there is “cause for concern.”

For example, in Chatham County, 32% of residents are fully vaccinated. In Bryan it is 30% and in Effingham only 23%. Georgia as a whole reports 34% fully vaccinated. A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a series of 2 doses, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccination.

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People aged 12 and over are entitled to vaccinations, which are generally available and always free of charge for the recipient.

“We need to ramp that number much higher if we really want to achieve community (or herd) immunity,” said Davis. “Are we on the right track? Absolutely. Can we declare complete victory? No.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that researchers “are yet to learn how many people need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 before the population can be considered protected”. That number depends on a disease’s infectiousness, with measles being 95% and polio 80%, according to the American Academy of Medical Colleges. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, previously put the estimate for COVID-19 at 70% to 85% of the population who are vaccinated or immune to achieve herd immunity.

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