Georgia Gov. Kemp holds Thursday news conference on COVID vaccines

Georgia News

ATLANTA (WJBF) – Georgia Governor Brian Kemp and Dr. Kathleen Toomey gave an update on COVID-19 response and vaccine distribution in Georgia, Thursday afternoon.

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp says more than half a million Georgians have received a dose of Pfizer or Moderna.

But he says the state receives 120-thousand doses weekly and that demand outweighs supply.

The federal government has allocated a little more than a million vaccines, so far, and half of those have been used.

The state health commissioner plans to hold mass vaccination sites once they get more doses.

Governor Kemp says phase 1A, which includes around 2 million people, is for those 65 and older, health care workers, long term facility staff and residents and first responders.

“At this time, we will not be expanding the vaccine criteria beyond the 1A plus population.
The two top criteria for expand vaccines will continue to be overall supply, and the number of currently eligible Georgians vaccinated,” said Governor Kemp.

The state’s public health commissioner says you can go to any location to get a vaccine — not necessarily where you live — but want people to make appointments so that the vials don’t go to a waste.

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