Phoebe stresses booster shots in Covid-19 update
In most counties in southwest Georgia, fewer than half of the residents are fully vaccinated
ALBANY, GA – As of Friday morning, these were Phoebe’s COVID-19 numbers:
- Total COVID-19 Patients in Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital – 14
- Total COVID-19 Patients in Phoebe Sumter Medical Center – 8
- Total COVID-19 Patients in Phoebe Worth Medical Center – 1
- Total Inpatients Recovered – 3,413
- Total Positive Deaths from Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital – 390
- Total Positive Deaths from Phoebe Sumter – 102
- Total Positive Deaths from Phoebe Worth – 1
- Total Vaccines Administered – 74,059
Friday morning, the Food and Drug Administration authorized Pfizer and Moderna’s COVID booster shots for all U.S. adults. The only restriction is that they must have received their second shot at least six months prior. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention must still authorize distribution of the doses and the Georgia Department of Public Health also needs to provide guidance before the authorization is official in Georgia.
“While most vaccinated Georgians were already eligible to receive a booster, this move stresses the importance of booster shots in our fight against COVID. Research shows immunity wanes over time, and a booster shot provides immediate additional protection. That is especially important as we enter the holiday season and the winter months when another wave of infections is more likely,” said Scott Steiner, Phoebe Putney Health System President and CEO.
“Our greatest concern remains those who are unvaccinated. In most counties in southwest Georgia, fewer than half of the residents are fully vaccinated. They are at greater risk of infection and serious illness, and unless our vaccination rates increase, our region remains in danger of another COVID surge,” added Dianna Grant, MD, Phoebe Putney Health System Chief Medical Officer.