Toomey Updates State

Dr. Kathleen Toomey, Georgia's commissioner of public health, gives an update on the state's COVID-19 situation on Sept. 30, 2021, at the state Capitol in Atlanta. Looking on is Gov. Brian P. Kemp.

ATLANTA — State health officials said Monday that 50% of all Georgians, or 5,154,793 residents, are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

The Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers individuals have been fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose of a two-dose series (Moderna or Pfizer) and two weeks after a single-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson).

More than 56% of Georgians have received at least one dose of COVID vaccine, according to the state Department of Public Health.

“Having 50% of Georgians fully vaccinated is a positive step toward ending the COVID-19 pandemic in the state,” Commissioner of Public Health Dr. Kathleen Toomey said.

“However, COVID-19 continues to spread in Georgia, particularly in areas of low vaccination rates, causing severe illness and death – deaths that are preventable.”

As of last week, all three COVID vaccines — Pfizer, J&J and Moderna — have been given emergency use authorization for booster doses for some individuals. Third doses and booster doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to nearly 120,000 Georgians.

Dave Williams is the bureau chief of the Capitol Beat News Service.

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