A total of 31% of the adult population has been completely vaccinated in Georgia as of October 13, while yesterday only 6,837 individuals received the Covid-19 vaccine amid a surge of cases.
Georgia has reported 4,837 new cases of coronavirus and 26 deaths in the last 24 hours.
The vaccination rate began to decline in Georgia in September, and less than 10,000 vaccine doses have been administered daily since the beginning of October.
However, the Georgian government aims to vaccinate 30,000 people daily in order to reach its vaccination goal of 60% of the country’s population by the end of this year.
As of today, a total of 884,902 people are fully vaccinated in Georgia nationwide, while 1,004,298 individuals have received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.
Public health expert and manager of the republican hospital in Tbilisi, Devi Tabadze, says the fifth wave has begun in the country, calling new daily cases ‘catastrophic.’
The fifth wave has started, [and] the most important thing is that we have met it with practically delayed vaccination; this is our most difficult situation,” Tabadze stated.
Head of the Georgian National Centre for Disease Control, Amiran Gamkrelidze, stated that the fifth wave of coronavirus will be more difficult for Georgia if the country is not able to raise the vaccination rate.
The Georgian government plans to undertake several initiatives to boost the vaccination rate, such as sending mobile units to various regions and organising ‘weekly marathons’ to raise awareness about the benefits of vaccination.
The vaccination marathons are scheduled to begin on October 15 in various municipalities around the country and will continue for the next three months.