- Associated Press - Thursday, December 31, 2020

More Georgians will soon be able to receive vaccinations for COVID-19, state health officials said.

Gov. Brian Kemp this week announced the state’s plan to include adults age 65 and older to those eligible for vaccinations. Law enforcement officers, firefighters and first responders are also included in the expanded group of people who will be able to get the vaccine.

The expanded group will be able to get the vaccine within the next couple of weeks, provided that there’s an adequate supply, officials said.

Georgia healthcare workers and people who work and live in long-term care facilities have already been receiving vaccines in Georgia as part of the first group to be eligible for the vaccine. Kemp and Public Health Commissioner Kathleen Toomey made the announcement this week that more people would soon be eligible.

“Following the expert guidance of Dr. Toomey, the CDC, and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, Georgia will move to expand Phase 1a vaccination criteria within the next two weeks to include the elderly, law enforcement officers, firefighters and first responders - provided the state continues to receive adequate vaccine supplies,” Kemp said.



Georgia now has about 5,000 people hospitalized with COVID-19. More than 636,000 Georgians have tested positive for the coronavirus, and more than 10,000 have died from the respiratory illness.

While most people recover from the virus, it can be deadly for older patients and those with other health problems. Some people show no symptoms.

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