|The Omicron variant - a mutated version of the virus that causes COVID-19 - is beginning to show up in more places around the globe and in the United States. Omicron was first detected in the U.S. on December 1, and then in a Georgia resident two days later.
Just yesterday, another Georgia resident tested positive for COVID-19 with the Omicron variant, and this individual had no recent international travel history. The Omicron variant has now been detected in patients in at least 21 U.S. states and in dozens of countries around the world.
The recent emergence of Omicron further emphasizes the importance of vaccination and boosters. Although breakthrough infections in people who are fully vaccinated may occur, current vaccines are expected to provide protection against severe illness, hospitalizations, and deaths due to infection with the Omicron variant. With other variants, like Delta, vaccines have remained effective at preventing serious illness.
All Georgians over the age of 5 are now eligible for COVID vaccination and many Georgians are eligible for booster doses. Click the button below to view our vaccination clinic schedule and make an appointment.