Coronavirus vaccination sign ups are low in Albany

ALBANY — Georgia’s earliest coronavirus hotspot is one of the four locations for mass vaccinations in the state. However, residents of Southwest Georgia are not eager to schedule appointments for the vaccine.

Albany became a major hotspot for the virus early last year, with Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital being overwhelmed early on after the virus spread through two highly attended funerals in the Albany area.

Now, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp is concerned about the number of people signing up for vaccines in the area.

“Three of the four mass vaccination sites the state announced on Thursday are seeing strong interest in vaccinations,” Kemp said. “However, registrations at the Dougherty County location are significantly lagging. We are urging all 1A+ eligible Georgians – seniors, frontline healthcare workers, law enforcement personnel, and first responders – in the southwest part of our state to go to and schedule their appointment today. There are currently appointments available at this location as early as Monday, February 22nd.”

Kemp is urging all eligible Georgians in the southwest part of the state to sign up for vaccination at the Albany, Dougherty County mass vaccination site.

Appointments are required at all state mass vaccination sites and will begin on Monday, February 22nd.

As of Friday, coronavirus cases in Dougherty County were coming down and were averaging about 10 new cases per day. That number is down from an average of 42 new cases per day in early January.

At the height of Dougherty County’s outbreak in April, the county was averaging 86 new cases per day.

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