Residents with questions on COVID-19 vaccines can have the chance to hunt solutions from a physician at a well being honest this Saturday.
The Southeast Georgia Well being System will embrace a “Ask a Physician” sales space on the Neighborhood Well being and Wellness Truthful, scheduled from 9 am to 1 pm at Brunswick Excessive Faculty.
The sales space might be arrange subsequent to the COVID-19 vaccine sales space, the place anybody 12 years and older can obtain a free Pfizer vaccine, mentioned Laura Younger, public info officer for the well being system. For everybody’s profit, face masks and social distancing might be required.
Well being officers hope that elevated consciousness of the virus and the vaccine will clear up myths and confusion and encourage extra youth and adults to roll up their sleeves and get vaccinated.
They’ve good cause to be hopeful. COVID-19 circumstances are growing nationally, state and regionally, together with in Glynn and Camden counties.
On Tuesday, the well being system reported 28 confirmed sufferers at its Brunswick and St. Marys hospitals, 11 of whom have been within the intensive care unit. Seventeen of the COVID-19 sufferers have been in Brunswick hospital.
“The overwhelming majority of present hospitalizations are amongst sufferers who haven’t been totally vaccinated,” mentioned Dr. Alan Brown, medical director of the Southeast Georgia Well being System.
“As we see COVID-19 circumstances proceed to extend regionally, I implore everybody to do every thing potential to assist forestall the unfold of this lethal virus in our group. I acknowledge that the vaccine is a private choice, however we nonetheless want extra vaccinated folks if we wish to defeat this pandemic ”.
The Facilities for Illness Management says a vaccination price of 70 p.c is required to supply herd immunity to the nation.
Michael Scherneck, president and CEO of the well being system, reiterated that Glynn and Camden counties have a protracted method to go to achieve that mark.
“In reality, the FDA has proven that vaccines are protected and efficient,” Scherneck mentioned. But a staggering 72 p.c of Camden County and 61 p.c of Glynn County stay unvaccinated. And now, identical to the remainder of the nation, we’re experiencing one other improve in hospitalized COVID-19 sufferers, lots of whom are a lot youthful than we noticed final yr.
“We’re very involved in regards to the improve in constructive COVID-19 circumstances and the variety of hospitalized sufferers. The Delta variant is far more contagious than the unique virus. Even in the event you suppose you’re wholesome sufficient to withstand the illness, get vaccinated to guard your family members and others, particularly those that can not obtain the vaccine because of age or well being issues. The time to ‘wait and see’ is over. “
Thus far, there have been 43,619 constructive circumstances within the eight-county Coastal Well being District, which incorporates Glynn, Camden and McIntosh counties. The demise price within the district stands at 1.9 p.c, or 832 deaths. That features 159 at Glynn, 35 at Camden and 14 at McIntosh.
Different counties within the Coastal Well being District and the variety of COVID-19 associated deaths reported in every are Chatham, 440; Bryan, 38; Effingham, 71 years previous; Liberty, 63; and Lengthy, 12.
Throughout the pandemic, Georgia’s 159 counties have reported a complete of 913,775 COVID-19 circumstances, of which 18,632 didn’t survive the virus.
The well being honest is a free occasion. For extra info on the well being honest, go to sghs.org or name 1-855-ASK-SGHS (855-275-7447).
Along with the well being honest, vaccines might be out there on the St. Marys well being system hospital from eight am to 1 pm Monday in Convention Room A and on the hospital in Brunswick in Convention Heart Room three Pinson from eight am to 1 pm Tuesday.