Georgians can now register for new COVID-19 vaccination criteria effective March 8

press release from the office of Gov. Brian Kemp

Pre-registration is now open

Atlanta, GA – At a press conference yesterday, Georgia Gov. Brian P. Kemp gave new criteria opening up vaccinations to other sectors of the population, beginning March 8. These include:

  • K-12 educators and school staff, public and private
  • Pre-K and DECAL educators and staff
  • Adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities – and their caregivers
  • Parents with children with complex medical conditions

For more information, you visit the Department of Public Health’s website at this link. To register for an appointment at one of the four state-operated mass vaccination sites, you can visit The March criteria is now an option for pre-registration

“Since the first vaccine was administered in Georgia last December, we remained focused on vaccinating the most vulnerable,” Kemp said. “With seniors accounting for 77 % of COVID-19 deaths in the state, we expanded our criteria early on to include those over the age of 65, as well as other at-risk populations like first responders, law enforcement, health care workers, and caregivers. Dr. Toomey and I have been clear: while vaccine supply was limited, doses had to be prioritized for those high-risk Georgians and those on the frontlines of providing vital healthcare or public safety services to our communities.

Kemp noted that since mid-January Georgia has seen a 70 % increase in doses sent to the state allowing for significant headway in vaccinating those in the first categories established.

“Thanks to encouraging allotment updates from the federal government and anticipated increases in our allocation over the next few weeks, we feel confident in expanding Georgia’s current vaccine eligibility.” Kemp added. “Provided that our supply continues to increase and this expansion goes well, we plan to further expand criteria to include more Georgians with severe underlying health conditions who are not currently eligible. We will finalize that timeline in the coming days, and DPH will continue to work with providers to ensure their criteria is up to date.

“My priority will continue to be protecting the most vulnerable and getting Georgians back to normal as quickly as possible,” Kemp said in conclusion.

You can watch yesterday’s announcement here

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