Covid-19 Vaccines Now Available to Children Six Months of Age and Older

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE: June 27, 2022
CONTACT:
Natasha Young, Public Information Officer
PH: 770-531-5679 • FAX: 770-535-5958
natasha.young@dph.ga.gov

GAINESVILLE – COVID-19 vaccines are now authorized for everyone six months of age and older. Children will get a smaller dose of the vaccine than teens and adults based on their age on the day of vaccination. COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective at preventing severe illness from COVID-19 and limiting the spread of the virus that causes it.

District 2 Public Health Medical Director, Zachary Taylor, MD., says, “Parents should discuss with their pediatrician or family doctor about vaccinating their child with the COVID-19 vaccine.”

The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is now available at all District 2 health departments for children six months and older. The Moderna vaccine will be arriving soon. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is not authorized for children.

The CDC recommends COVID-19 primary series vaccines for everyone who is six months and older, and COVID- 19 boosters for everyone five years and older, if eligible. You are protected best from COVID-19 when you stay up to date with the recommended vaccines. Vaccine recommendations vary depending on your age, type of vaccine received, and timing of your last dose.

Children five to eleven years old should get two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine three to eight weeks apart, and should receive their booster dose five months after their primary series has been completed.

Children six months to four years old should receive three doses total. Once a child is vaccinated with their first dose, they should receive their second dose three to eight weeks later; however, the interval between the second dose and the third dose is eight weeks.

District 2 public health departments offer walk-in appointments for COVID-19 vaccines. Visit phdistrict2.org to find a health department location in your county.

To learn more about COVID-19 vaccines for adults and children go to cdc.gov/coronavirus.

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Covid-19 Data as of June 27, 2022

Click on the extract below for data across all 13 counties in District 2.

EPI SUMMARY: Data source Georgia DPH and SendSS. Cases include all confirmed and probable cases. Population data source Oasis, 2019. Time frame as of 11/06/2020 to 6/23/2022. Vaccines introduced 12/19/2020 – decline noted in cases after vaccine implementation. Vaccine data includes number of vaccines administered in each county in District 2 and vaccines administered per 100,000 (of the total county population). Vaccine data also shows number of one dose received and percentage of residents as well as 2 doses received, and percentage of residents vaccinated.

  • Graph above shows weekly changes in COVID cases. The case rate reported in the graph is approximately half of the 14-day case rate.
  • Vaccine graph shows percentage of individuals vaccinated by age group.

Georgia Flu Surveillance Update: Week 24

Week 24 – Ending June 18, 2022

As of Week 24, Georgia flu activity is minimal=2 (on the scale of 1-13). Activity levels are based on the percent of outpatient visits in Georgia due to Influenza-like illness during this timeframe.

For the corresponding week, the percentage of outpatient visits for Influenza-like Illness was 2.2%, the number of influenza-associated death was 0; the number of Metro Area Influenza Hospitalizations was unknown; and reported Influenza Outbreak was 1.

Getting the flu shot is the best thing you can do to protect yourself and others.

District 2 health departments have flu vaccines available. Please contact your local health department for information on how to get your Flu vaccine at http://phdistrict2.org/contact-us.

To learn more about how to protect yourself against flu, visit DPH website at https://dph.georgia.gov/epidemiology/influenza/seasonal-flu-influenza and CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/flu/.

Covid-19 Data as of June 20, 2022

Click on the extract below or data on all 13 counties across District 2.

EPI SUMMARY: Data source Georgia DPH and SendSS. Cases include all confirmed and probable cases. Population data source Oasis, 2019. Time frame as of 11/06/2020 to 6/16/2022. Vaccines introduced 12/19/2020 – decline noted in cases after vaccine implementation. Vaccine data includes number of vaccines administered in each county in District 2 and vaccines administered per 100,000 (of the total county population). Vaccine data also shows number of one dose received and percentage of residents as well as 2 doses received, and percentage of residents vaccinated.

  • Graph above shows weekly changes in COVID cases. The case rate reported in the graph is approximately half of the 14-day case rate.
  • Vaccine graph shows percentage of individuals vaccinated by age group.

Georgia Flu Surveillance Update: Week 23

Week 23 – Ending June 11, 2022

As of Week 23, Georgia flu activity indicator data was not available yet. Activity levels are based on the percent of outpatient visits in Georgia due to Influenza-like illness during this timeframe.

For the corresponding week, the percentage of outpatient visits for Influenza-like Illness was 2.3%, the number of influenza-associated death was 0; the number of Metro Area Influenza Hospitalizations was 11; and reported Influenza Outbreak was 3.

Getting the flu shot is the best thing you can do to protect yourself and others.

District 2 health departments have flu vaccines available. Please contact your local health department for information on how to get your Flu vaccine at http://phdistrict2.org/contact-us/.

To learn more about how to protect yourself against flu, visit DPH website at https://dph.georgia.gov/epidemiology/influenza/seasonal-flu-influenza and CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/flu/