As of last Friday, the Omicron variant has reached Georgia.
Omicron is a strain of COVID which bypasses many antibodies, even for those who have received the first two shots and/or been previously sickened by COVID-19 infection. Pfizer and other researchers say that Pfizer’s booster shot is effective at fighting Omicron symptoms.
With the Omicron variant of COVID-19 having reached Georgia as of last Friday, and the holiday season upon us, it is more important than ever to immediately schedule an appointment to 1) get vaccinated and 2) get boosted.
And it is extremely important that Clayton County gets our vaccination numbers up ASAP. ProPublica wrote an article detailing the crisis here in Clayton County, with some sobering statistics:
- 47% of people in Clayton County have received at least one dose of the vaccine as of Dec. 3. (That’s 11 percentage points lower than the state average and 24 percentage points lower than the national one.)
- The Clayton County Health Department has much less funding per capita than neighboring metro Atlanta counties (less than half that of nearby Fulton, DeKalb and Cobb in 2021).
- The Delta wave in Clayton County from August to October resulted in the highest numbers of cases and deaths per capita among the five biggest metro Atlanta counties
- less than 3% of children in the county age 5 to 9 are vaccinated compared to 8% statewide and 10% to 13% in metro Atlanta’s four larger counties
Please immediately schedule an appointment from the following providers for free vaccinations and boosters, as well as low-cost flu vaccinations:
- Clayton County Public Health Department
- CVS Pharmacy
- Walgreen’s Pharmacy
- Walmart Pharmacy
- Sam’s Club
- Publix Pharmacy
- Kroger Pharmacy
And make sure to mask up as much as possible. 😷