Georgia passes 4 million dose mark for vaccine given in state

A retractable needle is seen after a person receives a vaccine at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Thursday, March 25, in Atlanta. (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

ATLANTA – Georgia has hit a milestone of administering more than 4 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine, Gov. Brian Kemp said Monday.

Centers for Disease Control and Kaiser Health data show about 44% of adults in the state have received at least one dose and 23% are fully vaccinated.

The state reached the 3 million mark on March 19, Kemp said. That means that more than 1 million doses of vaccine were administered in about 15 days.

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Georgia COVID-19 vaccine dashboard 4/6/21 (Georgia Department of Public Health)

Kemp recently rolled back coronavirus restrictions. He signed an executive order that ends a ban on large gatherings, eliminates shelter-in-place requirements and reduces any remaining distance requirements at restaurants, bars, and movie theaters and between people at group fitness classes. The rollback starts on April 8 and runs through April 30.

On Monday, Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr and the Georgia Department of Health warned that scammers have been trying to exploit the vaccine rollout. They said scammers have been texting or emailing people asking for payments for the vaccine, scheduling an appointment or getting on the waiting list.

“Scam artists are attempting to take advantage of people’s sense of urgency about getting the vaccine,” Carr said in a statement. “Remember that the vaccine is free, and hang up on any caller who asks you for money or personal information related to the vaccine.”