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Everything you need to know about getting a COVID-19 booster shot

Everything you need to know about getting a COVID-19 booster shot

The Gist: The CDC has formally made its recommendations on the booster shots of the COVID-19 vaccines. In Georgia, the state department of public health is following that guidance. First thing's first: The guidance only applies to the Pfizer vaccine. If you got the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine, the FDA has not issued any recommendations yet for boosters of those vaccines. What is a booster?: In the case of coronavirus vaccine, the booster shot would be a third dose that would come several months after you have completed the initial two-dose vaccination. Who should get a booster shot?:…
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UGA faculty members are planning to impose a mask mandate

UGA faculty members are planning to impose a mask mandate

 The University System of Georgia is trying to fend off a rebellion from a group of University of Georgia faculty determined to impose a mask mandate in violation of system policy. A letter from Jeffrey Bennetzen, a geneticist at UGA, dated Sept. 20 served notice of plans for the mask mandate to discourage the spread of COVID-19. “In order to protect our students, staff and faculty colleagues, we will wear masks and will require all of our students and staff to wear masks in our classes and laboratories until local community transmission rates improve, despite the ban on mask mandates…
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Brian Kemp teams up with Monica Kaufman Pearson to encourage vaccines

Brian Kemp teams up with Monica Kaufman Pearson to encourage vaccines

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp and First Lady Marty Kemp have teamed up with beloved Georgia broadcaster, WSB-TV’s Monica Kaufman Pearson, for an important video announcement about the benefits of the COVID-19 vaccine. For more information about the benefits of the COVID-19 vaccine and where the vaccines are currently available, visit the Georgia Department of Public Health's website. Below is the video released by Kemp's office. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8h5i0iCMVIY According to the Georgia Department of Public Health, 46% of Georgians are fully vaccinated and 53% of Georgians have gotten at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
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Vaccine mandate may stop nurse job jumping

Vaccine mandate may stop nurse job jumping

Georgia hospital officials were scrambling Friday to gauge the impact of President Biden’s order for health care workers to get vaccinated for Covid-19. The mandate would apply to health care facilities that treat Medicare and Medicaid patients – virtually all hospitals – as well as dialysis centers, surgery centers and home care operations. The new order, if it ultimately takes effect, would appear to end the trend of nurses who don’t want the shots leaving for positions at hospitals with no vaccination mandates. Georgia hospital officials say such job-jumping has occurred here, with hospitals that don’t require vaccinations getting new…
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Fightin’ Words: Kemp and Biden spar over vaccine mandates

Fightin’ Words: Kemp and Biden spar over vaccine mandates

The war of words between President Joe Biden and Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp over new White House COVID mandates continued Friday afternoon, with Kemp accusing the administration of playing “pandemic politics.”“Look, the public already doesn’t trust the federal government because of the mixed messages about the coronavirus,” Kemp told Capitol Beat. “This is pandemic politics from a president who promised to unite the country, but instead is dividing us.”On Thursday, the Biden White House issued a new, six-pronged series of COVID mandates, including a requirement for all employers with more than 100 workers to mandate either vaccinations or weekly tests. “This…
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As Biden mandates COVID vaccines, Kemp threatens to sue

As Biden mandates COVID vaccines, Kemp threatens to sue

Gov. Brian Kemp quickly vowed to go to court and other Georgia Republicans responded with angry charges of government overreach after President Joe Biden outlined a plan of expansive new federal vaccine requirements to attack the surge of COVID-19. More than 80 million employees of private businesses in the U.S. will be required to get vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo weekly testing as part of the Biden administration’s latest strategy for combating the still-surging coronavirus pandemic. The upcoming vaccine rule for companies with at least 100 employees is one plank of an increasingly aggressive effort by the White House to ensure…
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Democratic lawmakers to Kemp: ‘Start invalidating anti-vaccine rhetoric’

Democratic lawmakers to Kemp: ‘Start invalidating anti-vaccine rhetoric’

Nine Georgia House of Representatives democrats penned a letter to Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and State School Superintendent Richard Woods urging them to "come off the sidelines" with regard to masks and the coronavirus vaccine. Kemp has been an outspoken supporter of both wearing masks and the COVID-19 vaccine, but has pushed back on all efforts to mandate either. House democrats are asking him to both mandate masks and stop pushing back against vaccine verification. “The most powerful step the governor can take to prevent illness and deaths is to start being active rather than passive,” said these members of…
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The Falcons are the first NFL team to vaccinate all players

The Falcons are the first NFL team to vaccinate all players

The Atlanta Falcons have confirmed that they have reached a 100% vaccination rate among players. This makes the Falcons the first team in the NFL to have a fully-vaccinated roster. Team officials say this means players will not have to have daily COVID tests or wear masks. Players can also eat together and train together again. Georgia is currently averaging 4,714 new coronavirus cases per day. This is where the state was for virus infections in December of 2020.
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Over half of Georgia employees support mandatory vaccine disclosure

Over half of Georgia employees support mandatory vaccine disclosure

A new survey shows that more than half of Georgia employees think companies should require vaccine disclosures. Although there is no legal obligation to share your vaccination status with everyone who may ask, this information might be required in certain circumstances. In a similar way that schools ask for details about childhood vaccinations, companies might inquire about employees’ vaccine status as a matter of health and safety for other people who work in the workplace. Even though vaccinated employees are less likely to get seriously ill, it’s still possible for them to become infected with the coronavirus as they return to the workplace.…
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More Georgians are getting vaccinated

More Georgians are getting vaccinated

As the Delta variant drives a relentless COVID-19 surge, Georgia’s vaccination rate has picked up steam. A Washington Post analysis, based on CDC data, reported Tuesday that the state’s rate of new doses administered climbed 26 percent over the past week. The national vaccination rate rose 8 percent during the same time. Georgia has seen a spike in infections — especially in the southern part of the state — and had the ninth-most confirmed COVID cases per capita among the states and D.C. over the past week, the Post analysis shows. Meanwhile, the state reported more than 7,000 new COVID…
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Kemp says he won’t mandate or prohibit masks in schools

Kemp says he won’t mandate or prohibit masks in schools

Gov. Brian Kemp Friday defended his decision not to impose mask-wearing or vaccination mandates on Georgians to stem the latest surge in coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths. “I don’t believe we need to have a dictatorship in government telling what local school systems need to do, what private businesses need to do, what nonprofits need to do, or what individuals should do,” Kemp said during an appearance at Ball Ground Elementary School in Cherokee County to mark the start of a new school year. “Individuals need to make the best decision they can.” Kemp said Georgians seem to be getting…
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Georgia lawmaker wants to ban vaccine mandates amid coronavirus surge

Georgia lawmaker wants to ban vaccine mandates amid coronavirus surge

Alpharetta Republican Sen. Brandon Beach says he will file a bill for the upcoming legislative session that would prohibit any COVID-19 vaccine mandate or requirement that a so-called vaccine passport can be used as a condition to work, go to school or enter a business. “It should not be the place of any government or business to institute mandates that their employees or customers receive a COVID-19 vaccine or to provide proof of vaccination in order to receive a service,” Beach said in a statement Friday. Beach frustrated his colleagues last year when he showed up for a special session…
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Georgia grapples with low vaccination rate

Georgia grapples with low vaccination rate

Georgia and other states with low COVID-19 vaccination rates are in a race against time with fast-replicating variants of the virus, a faculty member at the Morehouse School of Medicine said Thursday. The various coronavirus vaccines now available are effective against the Delta variant, now responsible for the most new infections. But other variants could spring up soon unless more residents of low-vaccination states get vaccinated, Dr. Michelle Nichols, associate dean of family medicine at Morehouse, warned during a panel discussion sponsored by the school and the Peach State Health Plan. “These variants are smart. They’re dangerous,” she said. “There’s…
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Vaccines are free, but DeKalb County will give you $50 to get one

Vaccines are free, but DeKalb County will give you $50 to get one

The coronavirus vaccine is free, but one Georgia county is willing to give you $50 if you'll get one. DeKalb County Government is giving away $50 prepaid debit cards as incentives for the first 300 people receiving COVID-19 vaccinations July 24 during the county’s monthly food distribution. Beginning at 8 a.m., DeKalb County Board of Health medical professionals and DeKalb Fire Rescue paramedics and EMTs will administer voluntary COVID-19 vaccinations to residents 12 years of age and older at three locations: James R. Hallford Stadium, 3789 Memorial College Ave., Clarkston, GA 30021Buck Godfrey Stadium, 2817 Clifton Springs Rd., Decatur, GA…
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Here’s what Kamala Harris said in Atlanta on Friday

Here’s what Kamala Harris said in Atlanta on Friday

Vice President Kamala Harris brought the Biden administration’s “Month of Action” campaign for COVID-19 vaccinations to Atlanta Friday. After dropping by a vaccination site at Ebenezer Baptist Church, where Martin Luther King Jr. once preached and U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock, D-Ga., now occupies the pulpit, Harris spoke to students at Clark Atlanta University. As of this week, 3.69 million Georgians have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, 34.8% of the state’s population, a rate that lags the national average of 44.1%. “We can do better,” Harris said Friday. “And we have to address the legitimate barriers that stand in the way…
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