Update on Georgia COVID-19 distribution Gov. Brian Kemp, joined by well being officers, introduced that the state would open 4 mass vaccine distribution facilities throughout Georgia. ATLANTA – Four state operated mass vaccination facilities might be opened throughout Georgia subsequent week in an effort to ramp up distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine throughout Phase 1A+, officers introduced Thursday. Gov. Brian Kemp, joined by Director of the Georgia Department of Public Health Dr. Kathleen Toomey and Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency Director James Stallings, stated these facilities might be in Albany, Macon, Habersham County, and on the Delta Air Museum at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The governor stated about 1,100 individuals per day could be vaccinated at every web site or about 22,000 per week in any respect 4. That quantity could be scaled up as extra vaccines turn out to be accessible.”That listing of websites can and can develop as we obtain extra doses and develop the accessible provide,” Kemp stated. The websites will open Monday, Feb. 22. The areas have been picked to assist addresses minority and underserved communities.Where are the mass COVID-19 vaccine distribution websites in Georgia situated? Delta Air Museum, situated at 1220 Woolman Place SW in HapevilleAlbany Georgia Forestry Site, situated at 2910 Newton Road in AlbanyHabersham County Fairgrounds, situated at 4235 Toccoa Highway in ClarkesvilleMacon Farmers Market, situated at 2055 Eisenhower Parkway in MaconGeorgia officers stated the state will begin receiving 198,000 weekly first doses beginning subsequent week. Plans to develop who’s eligible for the vaccines are anticipated to be finalized within the coming weeks, officers stated.”GEMA/HS’ efforts are designed to deal with the vaccination wants of underserved populations which have been hardest hit by COVID-19,” stated Chris Stallings, GEMA/HS Director. “The 4 websites chosen all have surrounding populations with excessive percentages of minorities and people with incomes beneath the poverty line.”Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency Director James Stallings The vaccine might be distributed by appointment solely. The state has now arrange a brand new web site to make that simpler. That web site is myvaccinegeorgia.com. Once their appointment comes up, an e-mail might be despatched that may comprise a QR code. Georgians will want that code and a legitimate ID when going to the appointment.Everyone receiving a vaccine might want to wait quarter-hour after for remark.All the websites might be distributing the Pfizer vaccine and the fee might be coated by FEMA.”The GEMA/HS Mass Vaccination Sites is not going to settle for walk-ups, and we’re strictly adhering to the rules for who’s eligible for vaccination,” stated Stallings. “We extremely encourage individuals to finish the registration course of utilizing a cell system, which makes the consumption course of quicker.”As of Thursday, greater than 1.6 million COVID-19 vaccines have been administered with just a bit greater than a half 1,000,000 having obtained their second doses.What is critical is the proportion of used vaccines. It is at present at its highest it has been at 82%. That is due to supply-line points as a result of unprecedented winter storm throughout the nation combined with a rise in demand. The state has obtained much less of its allotted quantity this week than within the earlier weeks.Officials additionally introduced that a number of state and native companies would be becoming a member of forces to make sure that all seniors in Georgia have an opportunity to obtain the COVID-19 vaccine.Department of Human Services and the Department of Public Health and native Area Agencies on Aging are teaming up to enroll older Georgians and to coordinate transportations providers.”This partnership is a superb instance of the way in which Georgia is answering the decision to guard its residents from COVID-19 and get weak populations vaccinated,” Kemp stated. Women extra more likely to decline vaccine Up to 74 p.c of ladies say they will not take the COVID-19 vaccine, no less than immediately.More than 718,000 seniors have taken benefit to this point and 101,000 doses have been administered by pharmacy companions CVS and Walgreens, the state stated Thursday.”Vaccination is so necessary for individuals aged 65 and older, however for these with no social help system to assist them navigate an internet site, getting a vaccine could be extraordinarily tough,” stated Toomey. “This collaboration with DHS and AAAs demonstrates our collective skill to get the vaccine to the weak people in Georgia who want it most.”Director of the Georgia Department of Public Health Dr. Kathleen Toomey  According to knowledge supplied by the Georgia Department of Public Health, as of Thursday afternoon the 7-day common for confirmed circumstances has declined to 2,172. The state has seen a downward development for the reason that Jan. 26 and has the 7-day common has decreased by about 60% in that point. It can be the bottom it has been since Nov. 16, 2020.Hospitalizations are also on the decline with 2,593 present COVID-19 sufferers which is about 16% of Georgia’s whole hospital inhabitants. The state stated that could be a 55% decline since final month’s peakThe two-week positivity fee has additionally dipped beneath 10% for the primary time since Nov. 28, 2020, the GDPH reported. It was at 9.5% as of Thursday.Kemp stated what stays excessive are the deaths. The governor stated 85% of all deaths in Georgia have been individuals 60 and over. That is why he’s as soon as once more pushing to make sure all seniors within the state benefit from getting the COVID-19 vaccine.When are academics included within the vaccine rollout?The governor additionally launched the outcome from a Department of Education survey, which discovered that 45% of college district staff would need to obtain the COVID-19 vaccine.While state well being officers haven’t expanded the present section of vaccinations, Kemp applauded district schooling leaders of their efforts to search out native well being places of work and suppliers to have the ability to rapidly distribute the vaccine as soon as it turns into accessible for educators.”Many superintendents have been engaged on this difficulty and I vastly admire their management in figuring out technique to associate with native communities and entities to vaccine their employees,” Kemp stated.WATCH: FOX 5 Atlanta stay information coverage_____Sign up for FOX 5 e-mail alertsDownload the FOX 5 Atlanta app for breaking information and climate alerts.