Coronavirus

CDC Director Worries About Lagging Vaccination Rates In The South

Doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine are seen being prepared on Wednesday, May 12, 2021, in Decatur, Ga.
Doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine are seen being prepared on Wednesday, May 12, 2021, in Decatur, Ga.
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The Biden administration wants 70% of all U.S. adults to have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose by July 4.

It’s a goal that could prove elusive, in part because of low vaccination rates in the south. In Georgia, just 42% of people have started the vaccination process, according to state data.

That’s of particular concern to Dr. Rochelle Walensky, who heads the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

“I do worry that this virus will go in places that are under-vaccinated. I suspect that what may happen is we may see more sickness and disease and death,” she said.

She says she’s worried parts of the country with low vaccination coverage will remain vulnerable to COVID-19 for some time.

Her comments came during a recent interview with WABE health reporter Sam Whitehead. He spoke with Walensky in Atlanta Friday, as she took part in the Biden administration’s tour across the south to promote vaccination in the region.

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