ATLANTA (WJBF) – Georgia Governor Brian Kemp says the state will add 5 more mass vaccination sites starting March 17.
Those sites will be in Chatham, Ware, Washington, Bartow and Muscogee counties.
There are currently four state-operated mass vaccination sites operating in Georgia, supported by the Federal EMA:
- Albany Georgia Forestry Site, 2910 Newton Road, Albany, 31701
- Delta Air Museum, 1220 Woolman Place SW, Hapeville, 30354
- Habersham County Fairgrounds, 4235 Toccoa Highway Clarkesville, 30523
- Macon Farmers Market, 2055 Eisenhower Parkway, Macon, 31206
The Governor also announced that on March 8, the state will be expanding vaccine eligibility to school staff and educators, adults with intellectual and development disabilities, their caregivers, and parents of children with complex medical conditions.
Governor Kemp nearly says 6 out of 10 seniors in the state have received a dose.
“We have now given 860,000 Georgians over the age of 65 which is the group that accounts for 77% of deaths from COVID-19.”
The state will get more doses from next week, up to 223,000 vaccines.
“Just because we are doing a lot at our vaccine site, we can’t let our guard down,” said Governor Kemp. “We have to keep doing this for another month or two and get closer to true herd immunity.
I feel like we are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel because of the amount of people that have gotten the vaccine and the supply increasing week over week.”
That increased supply means the state will add 5 more vaccination sites, for a total of 9, to administer a combined 45,000 doses weekly.
“We are shifting those doses around so that they are getting to other providers to get more shots in arms. That’s why we are opening more sites. We know we can be a lot better place to what we control in the state than doses that are going to other places,” said Governor Kemp.
Georgia will also get 83,000 doses from the Johnson & Johnson shipment and that will be allocated for Georgia’s teachers starting March 8.
“I do believe that instead of going up 50,000 doses a week, it is going to up 150k or 200k and have more providers give the vaccine and expand to further mass vaccination sites.”
Governor Kemp says the vaccine eligibility will expand in the coming weeks.
Pre-registration will be available on the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency’s website, myvaccinegeorgia.com.