Groups receiving COVID-19 vaccinations expanding throughout Georgia

Published: Jan. 5, 2021 at 3:17 PM CST
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COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - Georgia is moving into the next phase of COVID-19 distribution that will expand the groups eligible to receive the vaccine.

Phase 1A of the vaccination protocol includes the elderly, aged 65 and older, law enforcement officers, firefighters and other first responders.

“At this time, vaccine supplies are limited, and frontline health care workers, and those who may be exposed to the virus are among the first group to be vaccinated,” said Dr. Beverley Townsend, West Central District Health Director. “We’re hopeful that we’ll receive more shipments of vaccine to efficiently administer it to all in the expanded group of Phase 1A.”

The expansion is reliant on the state continuing to receive adequate vaccine supplies over the next two weeks.

“We are looking forward to working with our community partners to help us with the logistics of vaccinating all Georgians who want it,” said Dr. Townsend.  “We ask for your patience during the next two weeks as we continue to vaccinate those most at risk.”

Health officials say that even as the vaccine becomes available to more people, it is pertinent that everyone continue wearing a mask and practicing social distancing.

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