Dodging the 'Delta Variant'

Updated: Jul 22

Emerging research suggests that a highly transmissible & more contagious variant of the coronavirus is now sweeping the Globe. Known as the “delta variant”, this mutation of the virus has already led to increased security measures & additional lockdowns around the World. So, what can you do to stay safe & travel ready during these trying times? As always, TACKL Health has you covered!

Presently, the messaging from public health experts & officials is unified: Vaccines are the best protection against severe illness & hospitalization. According to multiple sources, over 97% of all hospitalizations from the delta variant are from people who have yet to become fully vaccinated. These statistics seem to confirm what President Joe Biden & CDC Director Rochelle Walensky called “a pandemic of the unvaccinated”.

“The high-level message is that the vaccines work, two doses work better than one and the more people who get vaccinated the better,” said Dr. David Dowdy, an associate professor of epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Along with getting vaccinated, the WHO advises that people continue wearing masks, especially in areas with high likelihood of infection, such as shopping centers, schools & crowded office spaces.

While adult vaccination numbers continue to lag in Georgia, coupled with the rise of the “delta variant” TACKL Health remains committed to the wellness of our community & continues to provide free vaccine outlets in Savannah, Atlanta & around the State. Children ages 12 & older, along with all adults are now able to receive at least one of the COVID Vaccines, greatly decreasing the risk of hospitalization or serious illness, even if they test positive for a mild form of the virus.

Interested individuals may receive the Johnson & Johnson vaccine daily at the TACKL Health testing/vaccination site located behind Coach’s Corner or at any of the various “Pop-Up” events taking place throughout the state. On Saturday, the 24th TACKL will be hosting a “back-to-school” vaccine drive at the YMCA of Coastal Georgia in Savannah from 9:00-12:00 & later in the day at Union Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia. These no-cost, no-appointment needed opportunities to receive the vaccine will continue until the Pandemic is behind us & we reach “the new normal” together!

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