Tennessee and Georgia continue to lag behind in COVID-19 vaccination rates

WHITFIELD COUNTY, Georgia (WDEF) – Medical experts fear that’s states such as Tennessee and Georgia could see a surge in COVID cases as vaccination rates are still low.

COVID cases in Whitfield County increased in May due to not enough people being vaccinated, but still became more lax with mask requirements.

“Since a lot of the mandates are being relaxed about wearing masks and that type of thing our numbers of being vaccinated are decreasing but COVID it is still out there. People still need to be aware they are still at risk,” said Nurse Manager Jimmie Jones.

President Joe Biden has made a clear goal of getting the country 70 percent vaccinated by Independence Day. 

“I would love to see some type of incentive and other states it’s working,” said Jones.

Nursing supervisor Karen Penland said people need to get the COVID 19 vaccine to protect themselves and their loved ones. 

“Just like the flu vaccine, (COVID-19 vaccine) can prevent you from getting in the hospital and from dying. You just want to save your own life and save others around you and protect children that are too young to get the vaccine,” said Penland.

Penland said when the vaccine first came out she was a little worried to take it too, but she listened to two different doctors. 

“Just hearing them talk about it and their knowledge about it. They both at the same things at different times and I thought OK that made me decide that it was safe and it was something that I needed to do to protect my family and protect. Not to live in a mask my whole life,” said Penland.

They said possible side effects might make you sick for a day or two but, it’s a better alternative to COVID. 

“A lot of people complain about the side effects but they simply don’t outweigh the pros,” said Jones.

COVID-19 vaccines are free to get and the Whitfield County Health Department have both the Pfizer and Johnson and Johnson vaccine available. The COVID-19 vaccine is eligible for those 12 and older. 


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