Gov. Kemp expands vaccine criteria for Georgians 55 and older, those with serious health conditions

ATLANTA — In an afternoon update on Wednesday, Gov. Brian Kemp once again expanded the criteria for COVID-19 vaccines.

We’ll have LIVE coverage of the governor’s news conference streaming on WSB Now – it’s free on your Roku, Amazon Fire or Apple TV as well as your WSB-TV News App.

Starting March 15, Georgians who are 55 and older and Georgians who have certain serious health conditions will be eligible to receive their vaccines.

These are the health conditions provided by the governor’s office:

  • Asthma (moderate to severe)
  • Cancer
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Heart conditions
  • Immunocompromised state
  • Liver disease
  • Neurologic conditions (Dementia, ALS, Parkinson’s)
  • Overweight and obsesity (BMI > 25 kg)
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • Sickle Cell Disease
  • Thalassemia

We’ll have LIVE coverage of the governor’s news conference streaming on WSB Now – it’s free on your Roku, Amazon Fire or Apple TV as well as your WSB-TV News App.

So far, Georgia has administered more than 2.4 million coronavirus vaccines.

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Nearly a 1.5 million people have at least some immunity after their first dose and nearly a million Georgians are fully vaccinated with both doses.

Who is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in Georgia?

Here are all of the groups of people eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in Georgia as of March 8.

  • Healthcare workers (physicians, nurses, lab techs, EMS)
  • Law enforcement
  • Fire Personnel
  • First Responders
  • Individuals aged 65+ and their caregivers (people who help people in need of assistance with everyday tasks.)
  • Educators and staff (Pre-K, K-13, DECAL licensed or exempt childcare programs)
  • Adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their caregivers
  • Parents of children with complex medical conditions

Where to get the COVID-19 vaccine

There are currently 10 mass vaccination sites in Georgia: Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, the Albany Georgia Forestry Site, the Delta Air Lines Museum in Hapeville, the Habersham County Fair Grounds in Clarkesville, the Macon Farmer’s Market, the Columbus Civic Center, Gulfstream Aerospace in Savannah, the LakePoint Sports Complex in Cartersville, the Mall at Waycross Shopping Center and Word of Life Church in Sandersville.

Most major pharmacies, including Kroger, CVS, Walmart, Ingles, Walgreens and Sam’s Club also are providing the vaccine as well as county health departments. See the full list of vaccination providers HERE.

People who do not qualify yet are still encouraged to register at the state-run vaccine website, MyVaccineGeorgia.com, to get information on when they might be eligible.

Read more here.

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