GeorgiDept of Public Health on Expanding COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility for March 15

According to Governor Kemp’s recent announcement regarding the availability of COVID-19 for more Georgians, the Southeast Health District will begin scheduling COVID-19 vaccination appointments for those who are eligible starting March 15 on that date. . If you are part of this newly expanded phase, you can ONLY make an appointment that occurs on or after March 15th, as we will not be able to vaccinate you before that date.

This new expansion of eligible individuals includes all adults aged 55 and over, people with disabilities, and people aged 16 and over with certain medical conditions that increase the risk of serious illness from COVID-19.

To make an appointment, call 1-855-473-4374 and one of our agents will assist you.

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Below are the extended definitions of the groups that will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine starting March 15, 2021. These can also be viewed at dph.georgia.gov.

Adults aged 55 and over Individuals with disabilities Individuals aged 16 and over with certain medical conditions that increase the risk of serious illness from COVID-19. Note: Pfizer is the only COVID-19 vaccine currently approved for children aged 16 and over. Conditions include:

Asthma Cancer Cerebrovascular disease Chronic kidney disease COPD Cystic fibrosis Diabetes Hypertension Heart conditions Immunocompromised status Liver disease Neurological conditions Overweight and obesity Pregnancy Pulmonary fibrosis Sickle cell anemia Thalassemia

Prior to March 15, 2021, the following were eligible:

Healthcare workers (doctors, nurses, lab technicians, EMS personnel, environmental services, etc.) Residents and staff of long-term care facilities Adults over the age of 65 and their assistants Law enforcement, firefighters, prime first responders Educators and staff (Pre-K, K-12, DECAL licensed or exempt child care programs) Adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their caregivers

Intellectual disability is a disability characterized by significant limitations in both intellectual functioning and adaptive behavior, covering many everyday social and practical skills. This disability originates before the age of 22. A developmental disability is a physical or mental disability that occurs before age 22, is expected to last a lifetime and impact at least three activities of daily living. Activities of daily living include self-care; receptive and expressive language; learning; mobility; self-direction; ability to live independently; and economic self-sufficiency.

Parents of children with complex medical conditions at high risk of COVID-19 complications *

Neoplasms requiring active treatment Immunocompromised status (weakened immune system) including organ transplant (bone marrow or solid organ) within 2 years Critical congenital heart disease Asthma (moderate to severe) Sickle cell anemia Diabetes Obesity (BMI> 95%) Cystic fibrosis Damage significant neurological or condition (e.g. hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, traumatic brain injury, congenital anomaly, acute flaccid myelitis) with developmental / functional impairment (e.g. cerebral palsy, developmental disability, prematurity, mitochondrial disease)
Technology addiction (e.g. BiPAP, tracheostomy)

* Children are considered ages 0-21.