When Will More COVID-19 Vaccines Be Readily Available Locally?


Hospital administrator Tyler Williams is talking about the frustrations at the State level over the obvious question: When is the state, the region and the hospital going to get more covid 19 vaccine doses? Habersham Medical center got its first shipment of 500 doses December 23 and it took more than a month for another 200 to arrive. Not nearly enough for the wait list that exceeds 1000.


The Georgia Department of Public Health is doling out only 120,000 doses to the entire state per week -- which doesn’t go very far. The good news is that Williams thinks the Johnson & Johnson version of the vaccine - which is already permitted overseas - will come soon. And as for hospitalizations, Habersham medical center is in a much better place than 30 days ago. Williams says there are currently at least 15 beds open compared to full capacity January 7. In Habersham, The Johns Hopkins tracking website indicates daily positive cases were steady over the last seven days. There was at least one reported death from the virus in Habersham last week.


Hundreds of millions of dollars in wagers exchanged hands following yesterday’s Super Bowl. Almost all of it illegal. Habersham state representative Victor Anderson says he hears the talk under the gold dome about legalizing sports betting. He says he also hears more chatter about casinos coming to Georgia. 


Tonight’s Board of Education meeting will address the 2021-2022 school calendar along with details on a Chromebook computer purchase order. The meeting begins at 6. 


And who’s ready to pack a 4 year old off to school? Habersham schools pre-k lottery registration begins today for the next school year. You can do it at any of the county elementary schools - but you have to register before February 26. The child has to be 4 on or before the upcoming September 1.