Vaccination rates in Clayton County also have lagged behind other metro Atlanta communities, with only 43% of residents fully vaccinated as of Nov. 4. The southside county is majority Black, a community that has been disproportionately impacted by the disease.
“We can do better and that is one of the reasons why this is being put together so that we can educate the public,” Dr. Olatanwa Adewale, an epidemiologist with the Clayton County Health District, told the panel.
The school system, which is working with the Clayton Health District and the Clayton County Fire and Emergency Services on the vaccination drives, said about 71% of staff have been vaccinated and has distributed 2,500 vaccines.
Angela Horrison-Collier, the school district’s director of student services, said while a monetary incentive to get the shots won’t be available to students as it was with employees, there will gift cards for those who participate.
“We are giving away prizes,” she said.