COVID vaccine

Age restriction dropped to 55; more medical conditions, disabilities included

More people will be eligible this week to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) and Governor Brian Kemp announced last week the state would expand its vaccine eligibility March 15 to include adults 55 and older, individuals with disabilities and certain medical conditions.

Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities are already eligible for vaccination. The most recent expansion now includes disabilities caused by an injury (e.g., traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injury), a disability due to a longstanding condition that could cause vision loss, nerve damage or loss of a limb or a disability due to illness such as ALS or multiple sclerosis.

 The medical conditions referenced are:

 • Asthma (moderate to severe)

• Immuno-compromised

• Cancer

• Liver disease

• Cerebrovascular disease                               

• Neurologic conditions

• Chronic kidney disease                                  

• Overweight and obesity

• Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease   

• Pregnancy

• Cystic Fibrosis                                                

• Pulmonary fibrosis

• Diabetes                                                          

• Sickle Cell Disease

• Hypertension or high blood pressure

• Thalassemia (blood disorder)

• Heart conditions         

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For individuals aged 16 and 17 who are in an eligible population for vaccination, Pfizer is the only vaccine currently approved for these ages. Please schedule an appointment at CVS or Walgreens or at one of the GEMA mass vaccination sites to ensure Pfizer vaccine is available to you.