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COVID-19 vaccinations increasing in Muscogee County

Updated: Mar. 19, 2021 at 9:07 PM EDT
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COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - According to the state’s vaccine tracker, there have been more than 37,000 vaccines administered in Muscogee County.

“It is just wonderful to be able to say we have that large of a number now that we have more support from the state,” said Pamela Kirkland with he Columbus Health Department.

Efforts like the continuous expansion of Georgia’s Phase 1A + vaccination plan, COVID-19 vaccine suppliers providing more doses to local providers, and an increase in mass vaccination clinics in the Chattahoochee Valley are all direct factors when looking at the uptick of residents who have received a vaccine in Muscogee County.

“We are on track by the end of the day to be over 2,000 vaccinations in the last three days,” said Jason Ritter, GEMA Columbus on-site coordinator.

The Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) says things are going well since opening its Columbus vaccination site Wednesday.

They plan to continue to administer over 1,000 vaccines a day to Georgian’s over the next 12 weeks.

“The only issue we have had is a little early morning weather, but other than that, things are flowing here at the Civic Center,” Ritter said.

A dozen miles north of GEMA’s location, the Muscogee County School District held its second vaccination clinic Friday at Kinnett Stadium.

Muscogee County School District superintendent, Dr. David Lewis, says about 50 to 60 percent of district staff and teachers volunteered to take Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine, but hopes more take advantage of the opportunity as eligibility is expanded.

“We vaccinated 1,300 employees last week,” Lewis said. “And we are expecting another 500 today. We are just very pleased with the availability of the vaccine and how it allows us to do this.”

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