Walton and Gwinnett begin administering COVID-19 vaccines to frontline healthcare workers

By 3 p.m. on Dec. 23, Georgia had administered 26,010 COVID-19 vaccines largely to frontline workers, some in Gwinnett and Walton County facilities. Last week, Piedmont Athens vaccinated some of the high-risk frontline workers and this week Piedmont Walton began administering to some at the hospital in Monroe.

In total, 125,775 doses of the Pfizer allocation and 158,500 of the 174,000 Moderna doses had been shipped to Georgia. The number of vaccinations administered in Georgia is update daily on the Georgia Department of Public Health website. The CDC reported that more than 1 million people nationwide have already been vaccinated.

Sydney Devine, communications specialist with Piedmont Healthcare, said that the frontline workers at Piedmont Walton had received the Pfizer vaccinations.

Gwinnett County was one of the first counties in Georgia to receive doses of the vaccine, along with Cobb and DeKalb counties, as soon as it received approval from the FDA. Dr. Audrey Arona, public health director for the combined district of Gwinnett, Rockdale and Newton counties told attendees at the December Loganville City Council meeting. She also gave the distribution plans under Phase 1 of the rollout of the vaccinations in Georgia, as follows.

Phase 1A will go to EMS Emergency first responders, medical and frontline healthcare workers – those dealing with actual healthcare and longterm care facilities.

Phase 1B will go to critical infrastructure positions, such as court, fire, police, the nuclear power plant and those 65 and older with co-morbidities

Phase 1C will go to those over the age of 65.

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