Kemp: Vaccine eligibility expanding to adults 55 and up, those with high-risk conditions

Georgia News

ATLANTA (WSAV) – Just days after opening up COVID-19 vaccine eligibility in Georgia to teachers and adults with certain disabilities, Gov. Brian Kemp on Wednesday announced another expansion.

Starting Monday, March 15, those age 55 or older and anyone 16 or older with high-risk conditions will be able to get the vaccine.

Kemp also said he expects that by early April, all adults should be able to get the vaccine.

“We have made significant progress without a statewide mask mandate,” the governor said. “The people of Georgia did this without closing down restaurants, bars or closing houses of worship.”

According to the Georgia Department of Public Health, the expansion will cover the following:

  • Disabilities caused by an injury (e.g., traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injury)
  • A disability due to a longstanding condition that could cause vision loss, nerve damage or loss of a limb
  • A disability due to illness such as ALS or multiple sclerosis
  • Other medical conditions
    • Asthma (moderate to severe)
    • Cancer
    • Cerebrovascular disease
    • Chronic kidney disease
    • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease 
    • Cystic Fibrosis
    • Diabetes
    • Hypertension or high blood pressure
    • Heart conditions
    • Immunocompromised
    • Liver disease
    • Neurologic conditions
    • Overweight and obesity
    • Pregnancy
    • Pulmonary fibrosis
    • Sickle Cell Disease
    • Thalassemia (blood disorder)

“For everyone currently eligible, please make your appointment as soon as possible,” Kemp said.

The Pfizer vaccine is authorized for people age 16 and older. Moderna and Johnson & Johnson have been approved for those 18 and up.

Kemp said he is looking forward to getting the vaccine and will likely be given the “one and done” Johnson & Johnson dose.

“We will continue to encourage all eligible Georgians not to wait to get their dose,” the governor said. “This vaccine is safe, effective and is our ticket back to normal.”

Visit wsav.com/vaccine to explore options for scheduling a vaccine appointment.

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