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Governor gives COVID-19 vaccine update March 23
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Governor Brian Kemp visits Gainesville Monday, Feb. 15, 2021, to participate in a roundtable to discuss vaccine hesitancy and equity among members of the Latino community at the Gainesville Ballroom at 425 Atlanta Highway. - photo by Scott Rogers

Updated March 23 at 8:45 p.m.: All Georgians ages 16 and up are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine, beginning Thursday, March 25, Gov. Brian Kemp announced Tuesday. The same afternoon, Hall County announced a collaborative effort with University of North Georgia and others to host a mass vaccination site on the university's Gainesville campus.

For more information on where to find a vaccine and how to make appointments, see The Times' vaccine guide.

Original story: Gov. Brian Kemp is scheduled to provide updates on the state’s ongoing vaccine rollout efforts at a 4:15 p.m. March 23 press conference.

Kemp will be joined by Georgia Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Kathleen Toomey and Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Director Chris Stallings at the press conference, which is being held at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

The multi-purpose stadium — which is home to the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons — is set to expand vaccination services as a FEMA pilot vaccination center on Wednesday, March 24, and become the largest vaccination center in the Southeast.

“The decision to locate a federal pilot community vaccination center in Atlanta was data-driven, using information from CDC’s social vulnerability index and population data from the census,” according to FEMA’s press release on March 22.

The center could administer as many as 42,000 doses a week, and you do not need to be a Fulton County resident to get a shot at the site.

As of March 22, a total of 3.2 million COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in Georgia. In Hall County, per the latest data available, 74,403 have received a dose of the vaccine, with 27,728 fully vaccinated.

Under the governor’s directives, these are the groups eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

  • Health care workers

  • Law enforcement, fire and first responders

  • Residents and staff of long-term care facilities

  • Educators and staff (pre-K, K-12, DECAL licensed or exempt child care programs)

  • Judges and court staff 

  • People age 55 and older

  • People age 16 and older with certain health conditions

  • Parents of children with complex medical conditions

  • Caregivers to those in some other categories

In recent days, Illinois, Kentucky, Rhode Island, Maryland, Missouri, Maine and Vermont have expanded their vaccine access to all adults residing in their respective states. Kemp has said he hopes to expand eligibility possibly some time in April.

A previous version of this article had inaccurate information about how many vaccines will be available at Mercedes-Benz.