I’ve had a lot of questions about vaccines in Georgia, so I created this page to track vaccine progress, and offer resources for those looking to get vaccinated.
Vaccination Progress in Georgia
I track how many administered doses are reported each day to show how vaccinations are progressing in Georgia. This data is by report date, and does not necessarily correspond with when vaccines were actually administered. For more details, go the Georgia DPH COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard.
Who is eligible?
All Georgians 5 & older are now available for the vaccine. Children aged 5-17 are only authorized to receive the Pfizer vaccine at this time, and they must have parental permission at the time of the vaccine administration. For more information, go to https://dph.georgia.gov/covid-vaccine.
Where can I get a shot?
- Grocery stores and pharmacies across the state (go to https://dph.georgia.gov/covid-vaccine for links to various retail chains)
- Search vaccines.gov
- Georgia DPH sites – central registration system or check with your local DPH
- Call the GA DPH Vaccine hotline at 888-457-0186 (Weekdays: 8am-8am, Weekends: 8am-5pm)
- Local hospitals, medical centers, and clinics
Vaccine Breakthrough Reports for Georgia
GA DPH puts out weekly COVID-19 Breakthrough Reports on Wednesdays. The Rates tab shows graphs of cases, hospitalizations, and deaths by vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. The Counts tab also separates those with boosters, but keep in mind those rates will always be lower due to the lower number of people boosted, so it’s hard to draw conclusions from this data.
Additional Vaccine Information
- The most common risk factors for severe COVID have always been old age and obesity. If you are older or overweight/obese, and haven’t been vaccinated, I urge you to get vaccinated to protect yourself from severe outcomes from this disease. If you get COVID and have not been vaccinated, and have any risk factors at all, please contact your doctor urgently about getting monoclonal antibodies or anti-virals. They are free – paid for by the US government, but they must be given before you get seriously ill.
- There are still concerns about myocarditis risks from the mRNA vaccines in young people, especially boys and men <30. The CDC and FDA continue to push forward with encouraging two doses for all ages 5 and up, and now boosters for those 12 and up, while minimizing the myocarditis risks. However, the FDA has added a warning to the EUA fact sheets regarding myocarditis risks to seek immediate medical care for symptoms of “chest pain, shortness of breath, or feelings of having a fast-beating, fluttering, or pounding heart after vaccination,” which typically present within a few days after the second dose. While the CDC continues to consider this a “mild” risk, hundreds of young people have been hospitalized for days following their 2nd dose. Here are a few articles with more info:
- The CDC Owes Parents Better Messaging on the Vaccine for Kids
- CDC’s All-or-Nothing Approach to Teen COVID Vaccination Is All Wrong
- Weighing myocarditis cases, ACIP failed to balance the harms vs benefits of 2nd doses (by Wes Pegden, a mathematician critical of the metrics ACIP used)
- Read my response to the very flawed CDC report about COVID hospitalizations among teens.
- Vaccinations are now available to ages 5-15 under Emergency Use Authorization (Pfizer only). As of August 23, the Pfizer vaccine is FDA approved for ages 16 and up, under the brand name Comirnaty. Moderna and Johnson & Johnson are still under EUA for ages 18 and up. In Georgia, parental permission is required for anyone under 18.
Results of Vaccinations in Nursing Homes
Nursing home residents were also prioritized for the vaccines. Nursing home cases have dropped off precipitously since the vaccination campaign began in nursing homes. During the Omicron wave, cases have increased sharply, but deaths have remained much lower than in the pre-vaccine era.
Below is a screenshot of a graph from the CDC web site showing Resident Cases at nursing homes in Georgia from the CDC Data Tracker for Nursing Home Residents. Click the button at the top to toggle between the graphs for Cases or Deaths. Then, in the Display by State drop-down, uncheck “Select All” and click the checkbox for GA.