ATLANTA (WSAV) – Gov. Brian Kemp says right now, a limited supply is the biggest hurdle in Georgia’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan.
The state has been allocated 120,000 doses each week from the federal government, with one-third set aside for vaccinations at long-term care facilities.
The good news, he said, is next week, the state will be able to use the entire allocation, as nursing homes have an adequate number of doses at this time.
“These additional doses, in the short term, will allow existing providers and public health departments at the county level to expand the level of appointments,” Kemp said.
Still, he realizes the state will continue to have far more demand than supply.
Under the expanded Phase 1a, over 2 million people in Georgia are eligible to receive the vaccine. And doses have to be divvied up between the 18 public health districts covering 159 counties and roughly 1,700 other providers.
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Georgia Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Kathleen Toomey said she’s heard from people unable to get a second dose, particularly in Fulton County. But she ensures those who have been vaccinated through public health will be covered.
“Regardless of where you live, if you’ve gotten your vaccines by going to a health department, you will be able to get your second dose,” she affirmed.
As of Thursday evening, more than 590,000 vaccines have been administered in Georgia, according to DPH.
Kemp said the big question now is when more supply will be available to the state.
“The two top criteria for expanding vaccines will continue to be overall supply, and the number of currently eligible Georgians vaccinated,” he said.
While the governor has heard the Biden administration is taking steps to get more vaccine out, the specifics are not clear at this time.