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Vaccine eligibility expands March 8

Posted on February 26th, 2021

In a press conference February 25, Governor Brian Kemp announced that Pre-K and DECAL (Georgia Department of Early Childcare and Learning) educators and school staff, private and public K-12 educators and school staff, individuals with developmental or intellectual disabilities and their caregivers, and parents of children who have complex medical conditions will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccination starting March 8.

Effective March 8, the Health Department will expand vaccinations to include the following Georgians:

  • Pre-K, DECAL and K-12 educators and school staff
  • Adults with developmental or intellectual disabilities and their caregivers
    • Intellectual Disability is a disability characterized by significant limitations in both intellectual functioning and in adaptive behavior, which covers many everyday social and practical skills. This disability originates before the age of 22.
    • A developmental disability is a physical or mental impairment that happens before the age of 22, is expected to last a lifetime, and impacts at least three activities of daily living. Activities of daily living include self-care; receptive and expressive language; learning; mobility; self-direction; capacity for independent living; and economic self-sufficiency.
  • Parents of children who have complex medical conditions
    • Malignancies requiring active treatment
    • Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) including organ transplant (bone marrow or solid organ) within 2 years
    • Critical congenital heart disease
    • Asthma (moderate to severe)
    • Sickle cell disease
    • Diabetes
    • Obesity (BMI >95%)
    • Cystic fibrosis
    • Significant neurologic injury or condition (e.g. hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, traumatic brain injury, congenital anomaly, acute flaccid myelitis) with functional/developmental impairment (e.g. cerebral palsy, developmental disability, prematurity, mitochondrial disease)
    • Technology dependence (e.g. BiPAP, trach)

The Health Department continues to vaccinate currently eligible Georgians which includes staff in clinical settings, residents and staff of long-term care facilities, first responders and adults 65+ and their caregivers.

Click here to learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine or to schedule an appointment, when available.


Updated March 5, 2021.
Complex medical conditions defined by DPH.