Macon, GA – According to the statement, the state began expanding vaccine availability to adults who are 65 and older on Monday. This has created a flood of new demand so far and has overwhelmed the capacities of some local public health districts.
The state has expanded eligibility to adults 65 and over, as well as law enforcement, firefighters and other types of first responders. Frontline healthcare workers and the residents and staff of long-term care facilities were already eligible.
According to the officials, only local public health districts are setting up appointments. The state is currently in discussions to create a centralized system for vaccination or mass vaccination sites to provide additional access to vaccine, as vaccine supplies allow.
State and federal officials with the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are continually monitoring the spread of the virus. They are also working hand-in-hand with the World Health Organization to track the spread around the world and to stop it. This story will be updated.