ATLANTA (WSAV) – Gov. Brian Kemp is expanding Georgia’s COVID-19 vaccine criteria after the state received more than 450,000 doses this week.
The governor says judges and courtroom staff will now be able to get the shot.
“Given the significant backlog our courts are experiencing, it is vital to get the third branch of state government back operating smoothly and safely,” Kemp said.
Meanwhile, sate health leaders are redistributing the vaccine where usage is low.
“We are continuing to work with partnerships with the elderly community, to ensure they have transportation to vaccination sites, as well as those with developmental disabilities,” said Georgia Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Kathleen Toomey.
The state has identified 3,000 individuals who are homebound.
But another challenge Kemp says Georgia faces is vaccine hoarding by some providers.
“The state continues to receive reports that providers are holding doses for a variety of doses to ensure they have enough second doses on hand for those appointments,” he said, adding that letters have been sent to all providers about their usage.
Kemp says the current vaccine criteria — which as of this week includes anyone over the age of 55 and others with high-risk health conditions — accounts for more than 90% of those who died from COVID-19 complications.
He said last week, eligibility is planned to expand further to all adults in Georgia in the first part of April.