Gov. Brian Kemp announced Tuesday that all Georgians 16 and older will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine starting this week. Eligibility is now open to any adult who wants the vaccine.
“We’re seeing a lot of demand still in metro Atlanta, but we have a lot of resources heading here. We’re starting to see senior populations — we’ve been focused on them — level out,” Kemp said. “We have had a decrease of demand south of the gnat line, the Augusta-Macon-Columbus area. We don’t want any doses sitting in freezers anywhere. So we’re opening it up on Thursday.”
According to WSB, the state received 450,000 vaccines, including both first and second doses, this week. They expect an increase in Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson next week. Kemp said Georgia has been shipped the second fewest amount of vaccines per 100,000 residents compared to the other states. This fact is according to the CDC website. The governor said the number of doses to the state has been out of their control since day one. However, the state is continually talking with the federal government about the shipments.
“We just got to keep moving. We got to keep getting people vaccinated. That is why we are opening it up. We have a lot of availability out there. Even if people are going to register today, if they can’t find an appointment for this week, I would go ahead and schedule for next week as our supply ramps up. We are going to continue to send doses where the demand is,” Kemp said.
This is fantastic news for the entire state, and we at Fontis Water hope this means we are one step closer to returning back to our normal life. For more information on COVID-19 vaccine sites, check out this website.