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 am tracking 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 12 & older are now available for the vaccine. Children aged 12-17 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.
How do I get a shot?
You have many options to receive a free COVID-19 vaccine. Please be patient and check sites frequently at various times of the day to look for open appointments. You can register with multiple places to see where you can get in first, but please cancel any appointments that you won’t use.
- Grocery stores and pharmacies across the state (go to https://dph.georgia.gov/covid-vaccine for links to various retail chains)
Search Vaccine Spotter for appointments and selected retail pharmacy locations (including Publix, Costco, Walmart, Walgreens, CVS)
- Georgia Mass Vaccination sites – These sites are winding down. From May 1 through May 21, these sites will only offer Pfizer second doses and the J&J single shot vaccine.
- Mass Vaccination sites requiring appointments: Hapeville (Delta Air Lines Museum at Atlanta Airport) and Emerson (LakePoint Sports Complex)
- Mass Vaccination sites with no appointment necessary: Clarkesville (Habersham County Fairgrounds), Macon (Macon Farmers Market), Columbus (Columbus Civic Center), Savannah (Gulfstream Aerospace), Sandersville (Word of Life Church), Waycross (Waycross Mall)
- Georgia DPH sites – central registration system or check with your local DPH (This includes the mass vaccination site at Mercedes Benz stadium through Fulton DPH.)
- Call the GA DPH Vaccine hotline at 888-457-0186 (Weekdays: 8am-8am, Weekends: 8am-5pm)
- Local hospitals, medical centers, and clinics
Cases vs. Deaths – Before & After the Vaccine
This graph shows the 7-day average of total cases (confirmed and antigen) by illness onset plotted against the 7-day average of total deaths (confirmed and probable) by date of death, with deaths lagged 24 days. I think the results are pretty striking. At the end of December, cases started resulting in fewer deaths. By mid-January, we had a new trend line forming with much fewer deaths than before. I’ve marked two dates about a month apart with almost identical 7-day case averages, but very different 7-day death averages for comparison.
Interestingly, the association between cases and deaths seems to have changed beginning in June 2020. It appears the lag time between case onset and death may have shortened to about 16 days.
Results of Vaccinations in Healthcare Workers
We can see the effects of vaccines on reduced rates of cases, hospitalizations, and deaths among healthcare workers in Georgia. Healthcare workers were among the first to be vaccinated in the US, beginning in mid-December, and their COVID metrics fell faster than the general population throughout the first half of 2021. Cases and hospitalizations in the Summer 2021 wave were much smaller among healthcare workers than in the general population, but interestingly deaths were not. Please note this graph is an epicurve by onset date, date of death, and thus the last 2 weeks or more are always incomplete.
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. 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.
Results of Vaccinations in Georgia Seniors
Seniors 65 and up were added to the eligibility for vaccines in Georgia in early January. The graphs below show confirmed (PCR) cases by age group over time in Georgia. Please note that these graphs are by onset date, and thus the last 2 weeks are always incomplete. The graph does not show the latest week for this reason.