ATLANTA, Ga. (CW69 News at 10)

PRESS RELEASE:

The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is launching a COVID vaccine
locator on the DPH website at https://dph.georgia.gov. The tool allows users to search by
county for a vaccine provider in their community, and provides location and contact information
for the provider. This is not a centralized scheduling tool.

County health departments and private providers are included in the locator. Additional locations
statewide will be added when providers are ready to safely administer vaccine, and as vaccine
supply allows. All health departments and most other providers require appointments for
vaccine administration. Because vaccine supply is limited, providers may not have immediate
appointments available.

Effective tomorrow, Jan. 11, Georgia will be in phase 1A+ of vaccine administration. That phase
includes: healthcare workers (physicians, nurses, EMS personnel, laboratory technicians,
environmental services, etc.); residents and staff of long-term care facilities; adults aged 65+
and their caregivers, as applicable; and law enforcement, firefighters, 9-1-1 dispatchers and first
responders.

The process of administering COVID-19 vaccine is more complicated than other common
vaccines, such as flu vaccine, and requires providers to have more resources available,
including an area where individuals can be monitored for 15 minutes after being vaccinated.
Many providers with vaccine are still vaccinating their own staffs and patients and are not open
to the public for vaccination yet.

As both Pfizer and Moderna are able to ramp up production of vaccine in the coming weeks,
supply should better meet demand for each phase of allocation and administration. Until that
time, providers and the public are urged to be patient as we work together to get vaccine
distributed in the most efficient and equitable way possible.