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Half of all Georgians now fully vaccinated against COVID, officials say
This May 4, 2020, file photo provided by the University of Maryland School of Medicine, shows the first patient enrolled in Pfizer's COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine clinical trial at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore. On Monday, Nov. 9, 2020, Pfizer said an early peek at its vaccine data suggests the shots may be 90% effective at preventing COVID-19. (Courtesy of University of Maryland School of Medicine via AP, File)

State health officials said Monday that 50% of all Georgians, or 5,154,793 residents, are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

The Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers individuals have been fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose of a two-dose series (Moderna or Pfizer) and two weeks after a single-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson).

More than 56% of Georgians have received at least one dose of COVID vaccine, according to the state Department of Public Health.

“Having 50% of Georgians fully vaccinated is a positive step toward ending the COVID-19 pandemic in the state,” Commissioner of Public Health Dr. Kathleen Toomey said.

“However, COVID-19 continues to spread in Georgia, particularly in areas of low vaccination rates, causing severe illness and death – deaths that are preventable.”

As of last week, all three COVID vaccines – Pfizer, J&J and Moderna – have been given Emergency Use Authorization for booster doses for some individuals. Third doses and booster doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to nearly 120-thousand Georgians.

This story is available through a news partnership with Capitol Beat News Service, a project of the Georgia Press Educational Foundation.