Kemp to let teachers, some with health issues get vaccines

Published: Feb. 25, 2021 at 3:26 PM EST|Updated: Feb. 25, 2021 at 5:13 PM EST
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ATLANTA - Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp says child care workers and K-12 school employees can start getting COVID-19 vaccines in the state starting on March 8.

The governor also announced Thursday that adults with intellectual disabilities and their caregivers and parents of children with complex medical conditions will be eligible.

Georgia State School Superintendent Richard Woods said he is “thrilled” about the expansion.

“This is an important step in ensuring all Georgia students have access to in-person instruction and ensuring the safety of students, staff, and families. It has been an incredibly challenging year for educators and families alike, but I believe we are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel,” Woods said.

Locally, Richmond County Superintendent Dr. Kenneth Bradshaw said that “although we have a long way to go until normalcy is restored to our schools, Governor Kemp expanding eligibility to school personnel for the vaccine is a giant step toward getting us there.”

Kemp says newly eligible people can start signing up Friday at

Kemp said he’ll expand eligibility later in March to more people with high-risk health conditions.

Until now, Georgia has restricted vaccination to people 65 and older, emergency workers, health care workers, and employees and staff of long-term care facilities such as nursing homes.

All those will still be eligible.

Watch an update from Kemp

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