In early November, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended Pfizer-BioNTech injections for children as young as 5 years old. Georgia.
“In Conyers where I am, I’d say the uptake is kind of slow,” he said. “We are not inundated with phone calls.”
Since the start of the school year, 14 metro Atlanta school districts have registered more than 39,000 COVID-19 cases, according to data posted on their websites. Almost 6,800 were registered through these districts in the last full week of August. That was during an outbreak that has since abated. In the second week of November, about 600 cases were registered, with some districts registering slight increases compared to the previous week.
Some parents view the holidays with extreme caution.
Nearly 2,000 Atlanta students want to switch online as soon as possible at the end of the semester, roughly tripling the number who chose the remote option this fall.
Shienke Kimbro understands the concern. She has five children, none of them vaccinated. She dropped them from school in Liberty County when the number of cases soared in August and will do the same after Thanksgiving if necessary. During the break, she takes them to a Florida condo.
“We’ll be back the day before Thanksgiving, but we’re going to be doing Thanksgiving at home instead of being in big groups with everyone,” she said.
Others are relaxing a bit.
dr. Lori Randall maintains her meticulous routines and wears a mask in most public settings. The Fulton County mother and her husband have both been given booster doses.
They have two boys, 6 and 4. The eldest has been vaccinated and she suspects the younger has been as well. (He is taking part in a trial of the Moderna vaccine and has had reactions indicating that he was not receiving a placebo.)
Unlike last year, they will have Thanksgiving meals indoors with an extended family — two of them. They calculate the risk is worth it since everyone except maybe their 4-year-old has been vaccinated.
“The numbers are going up and I expect we’re going to have another wave this winter and that stinks,” Randall said, “but we’re like, well, if we’re vaccinated now and the numbers aren’t that bad right now, let’s just go ahead and enjoy Thanksgiving.”
In Cherokee County, Tiffany Hoffer is the only one in her house who has been vaccinated. She, her husband and their two teens have had COVID-19. Only their toddler was spared. Last year they avoided Thanksgiving with extended family. This year feels different.
“Everyone has had COVID or is currently vaccinated,” she said, “so we feel comfortable traveling around and spending time with family.”