Georgia Plans to Shutdown All Gema Mass Vaccination Sites
April 29, 2021
According to the governor's office, the state of Georgia intends to close its eight statewide mass vaccination centers after demand has dropped recently. As reported by a WSBTV article, "All GEMA Mass Vaccination Sites Closing Next Month in Georgia"
, Georgia has vaccinated more than 300,000 people at its mass vaccination sites operated by Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security due to the COVID-19 vaccine being readily available elsewhere. GEMA director, Chris Stallings, claims many more Georgians can now get the vaccine from their local pharmacy, grocery store, or doctor's office as the supply and availability have increased throughout the state.
Justin Gray, a Channel 2 investigative reporter, revealed new information about the state's efforts to keep doses from going to waste and found that Georgia continues to do a good job of not wasting any vaccine vials once they are opened. He received a spreadsheet from the Georgia Department of Public Health indicating the total amount of vaccine doses that were gone to waste in the state. It consisted of 7,851 wasted doses, including spoiled and damaged vials, and roughly half of them were gone to waste as they were not needed after preparation.
Having administered almost 6 million vaccines across the state, the amount of wasted doses is considered to be pretty low and much better than originally anticipated. The state seems to be doing great, with approximately 34% of Georgians vaccinated with at least one dose, and starting next week, the state will begin to administer the more than 200,000 Johnson & Johnson vaccines they have stockpiled, due to the J&J pause.
For more information on the article and where you can get vaccinated at, please visit: "All GEMA Mass Vaccination Sites Closing Next Month in Georgia"