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Georgia Department of Public Health

As COVID-19 case numbers continue to tax area hospitals, Athens-Clarke County continues to lag behind the state as a whole in vaccinations.

The most recent data from the Georgia Department of Public Health shows that just 43 percent of Clarke County residents are fully vaccinated, compared with 46 percent of Georgians. Clarke also underperforms the statewide percentages in terms of residents with at least one shot.

A University of Georgia Researcher is approaching a breakthrough in his efforts to develop a second-generation COVID-19 vaccine. Dr. Biao He was able to get his vaccine produced and testing done earlier this year, but the pandemic forced some measures to be postponed.

“So our community trial got postponed, and I’m glad to tell you right now, we got cleared by [the] FDA for community trial and we are hoping on July 26th, we will have the first patient in for the testing in the U.S.,” according to He.

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After missing the hoped-for goal of 70 percent of the U.S. population being vaccinated by July 4th, President Joe Biden is ramping up efforts to increase the numbers. Tuesday, Biden called for employers to set up clinics at work and to offer paid time off as part a push to reach millions of unvaccinated Americans. The Association of American Medical Colleges is among the organizations working to reach that milestone. Dr. Ross McKinney is the Chief Scientific Officer with the nonprofit.

The University of Georgia is strongly encouraging, but not requiring, that returning students get vaccinated, according to guidelines established by the University System of Georgia.

UGA sent an email to all current and incoming students containing a link to the USG’s Vaccination Locator. The locator tool shows students a list of the vaccination sites on 15 campuses statewide. All students have access to any of the sites, regardless of which school they attend.


It’s one shot and no appointment needed at Georgia’s eight state-run mass vaccination sites. Starting Monday, the sites are offering the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine and are no longer accepting appointments.