DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — With Alabama now having the lowest percentage of residents vaccinated of any state in the nation, a local medical expert weighs in on the possibility of a new surge of cases.
Georgetown University research recently identified five clusters of low vaccination rates in the nation, and the state of Alabama is home to two of those clusters, one being in the Wiregrass.
Even with only about 33 percent of Alabama residents fully vaccinated, Southeast Health’s Chief Medical Officer, Doctor George Narby, said he does not expect any mass COVID-19 outbreaks but he does have concerns.
“My biggest fear and doctors’ biggest fear everywhere is that there will be a surge and needless suffering of hospitalization and death due to COVID,” Narby said. “Because people have not been vaccinated, it simply doesn’t need to be that way.”
Doctor Narby said that with these new clusters, there’s even more reason to proceed with vaccinations in order to stay safe.