SGHS uses health fair to answer vaccine questions | local news

SGHS uses health fair to answer vaccine questions |  local news

“As we see cases of COVID-19 continue to rise regionally, I implore everyone to do all they can to help prevent the spread of this deadly virus in our community. I recognize the vaccine is a personal decision, but we still need more people vaccinated if we are to beat this pandemic.” “The vast majority of current hospitalizations are among patients that have not been fully vaccinated,” said Dr. Alan Brown, chief medical officer at Southeast Georgia Health System. The Centers for Disease Control says a 70 percent vaccination rate is needed to provide the nation herd immunity.

They have good reason to be hopeful. Cases of COVID-19 are on the rise nationwide, statewide and regionwide, including in Glynn and Camden counties. Health officials hope increased awareness about the virus and the vaccine will clear up myths and confusion and encourage more youth and adults to roll up their sleeves and be vaccinated.

On Tuesday, the health system reported 28 confirmed patients at its hospitals in Brunswick and St. Marys, 11 of whom were in the critical care unit. Seventeen of the COVID-19 patients were in the Brunswick hospital. The booth will be set up next to the COVID-19 vaccine booth, where anyone age 12 and older can receive a free Pfizer vaccine, said Laura Young, the health system’s public information officer. For everyone’s benefit, face masks and social distancing will be required.

To date, there have been 43,619 positive cases in the eight-county Coastal Health District, which includes Glynn, Camden and McIntosh counties. The death rate in the district remains at 1.9 percent, or 832 deaths. That includes 159 in Glynn, 35 in Camden and 14 in McIntosh. Other counties in the Coastal Health District and the number of COVID-19 related deaths reported in each are Chatham, 440; Bryan, 38; Effingham, 71; Liberty, 63; and Long, 12. “We are very concerned about the increase of positive COVID-19 cases and the number of hospitalized patients. The Delta variant is far more contagious than the original virus. Even if you believe you are healthy enough to withstand the illness, get the vaccine to protect your loved ones and others, especially those who are unable to get the vaccine due to age or health complications. The time to ‘wait and see’ is over.”

“The vaccines have, in fact, been proven to be safe and effective by the FDA,” Scherneck said. “Yet a staggering 72 percent of Camden County and 61 percent of Glynn County remain unvaccinated. And now, similar to the rest of the nation, we are experiencing another surge in hospitalized COVID-19 patients, many of whom are much younger than we saw last year. Michael Scherneck, president and CEO of the health system, reiterated that Glynn and Camden counties have a long way to go to reach that mark.

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