Clayton County Health District News

World AIDS Day December 1

Prevention is Treatment Atlanta – World AIDS Day, observed each year on December 1, is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV, and remember those who have died from an HIV-related illness. Started in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first-ever global health day. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ranks...

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New COVID Variant Reinforces Need for Vaccination and Testing

Atlanta – The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is closely monitoring the emergence of a new COVID variant first detected in southern Africa. The variant has not been detected in Georgia at this time. Named Omicron by the World Health Organization (WHO), the variant has a large number of mutations. Scientists are studying the variant to determine how quickly and easily it spreads,...

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Clayton County Health District Recognizes World AIDS Day

Jonesboro, GA— On World AIDS Day, we pay tribute to the millions of people living with HIV in the United States and around the world, and the millions of people who have been affected by HIV. In recognition of December 1st as World AIDS Day, the Clayton County Health District will host an event themed “Equitable Access, Everyone’s Voice” from 10-11:30 am on Wednesday, December 1, 2021. This...

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Celebrate the Holidays Safely with Family and Friends

Follow COVID-19 and Flu Prevention Measures Atlanta, GA— The COVID vaccine has helped make celebrating upcoming holidays together with family and friends possible again. To keep yourself and your loved ones safe, the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) urges all Georgians to plan ahead and take steps to reduce risk of exposure to COVID-19 and the flu as they celebrate. The Centers for...

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COVID Vaccine Recommended For Children 5-11 Years Old

Vaccination, with other preventive measures, can protect children from COVID-19 Atlanta – Following the recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) and health districts throughout Georgia will offer Pfizer pediatric COVID vaccine to children 5-11 years old....

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50% of Georgians Now Fully Vaccinated Against COVID-19

Atlanta, GA— As of today, 50% of all Georgians (5,154,793) are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The CDC considers individuals fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose of a 2-dose series (Moderna or Pfizer) and two weeks after a single-dose vaccine (J&J). More than 56% of Georgians have received at least one dose of COVID vaccine. The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is...

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Booster Doses Authorized for Moderna and J&J COVID Vaccines

Atlanta, GA— The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) and health districts throughout Georgia will begin offering booster doses of Moderna and Johnson & Johnson (J&J) COVID vaccine Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021, pending guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These boosters are in addition to previously approved booster doses of Pfizer vaccine. For individuals...

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Georgia DPH Follows Federal Recommendations For COVID Booster Shots

Atlanta, GA— The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) will follow the guidance and recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices (ACIP) for COVID vaccine booster shots. The recommendations for COVID vaccine booster shots are: People 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings should receive a...

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New Distribution Process for Monoclonal Antibody Treatments in Georgia

Atlanta, GA— The federal government has changed the way COVID-19 monoclonal antibody treatments will be distributed in the United States, including Georgia. The decision announced Monday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the result of supply shortages and extraordinary demand for the treatments across the country, particularly due to the rapid spread of the delta...

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Georgia Surpasses Grim COVID-19 Milestone

More Than 20,000 Lives Lost to COVID-19 ATLANTA, GA— The number of Georgians who have died from COVID-19 now surpasses 20,000. As of 3 p.m. today, there have been 20,041 confirmed COVID deaths in Georgia since the pandemic began. “It is tragic but not surprising that we have surpassed this grim milestone of 20,000 COVID deaths in our state,” said Kathleen E. Toomey, M.D., M.P.H., Georgia...

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