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. 

Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp is again urging patience among people waiting to be vaccinated against the coronavirus even as he threatens to take vaccines away from large hospital systems that his administration says aren’t moving fast enough to administer the shots.

US Vaccine Panel Downgrades Pneumonia Shot Recommendation

Jun 26, 2019

A scientific panel has downgraded its recommendation that all retirement-age Americans get a top-selling vaccination against bacteria that can cause pneumonia, meningitis and other illnesses.

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices said routine vaccination with Pfizer's Prevnar 13 shot was no longer necessary for all healthy people 65 and older.

A vaccination campaign among children succeeded in stopping the spread of the bacteria to the older age group. And a subsequent recommendation in 2014 to also vaccinate seniors had no additional effect on disease rates.

Anti-Vax Twitter

Jun 14, 2015
Rebecca Ayer, UGA College of Public Health

Anti-vaccination sentiments have a surprisingly large footprint on social media. Dr. Karen Hilyard from the College of Public Health wants to use this massive amount of data in order to understand why people choose not to vaccinate, despite the risk. Comparing twitter data to survey research, she can potentially unlock an agile source of information for public health officials.

What Changes an Anti-Vaxxer's Mind?

May 24, 2015
Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

A screaming baby receiving their shots is never a pleasant sight, but failing to vaccinate is dangerous. In this segment, host April Sorrow speaks to Dr. Karen Hilyard, Assistant Professor of Health Promotion and Behavior in the College of Public Health. She explains how frightening messages about the flu can’t scare people into getting their shots, but watching the president do it, regardless of political affiliation, does the trick.