If You Live Here, You Can Get Your Vaccine Before People in Other States
The wait to be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine can be frustrating, although of course those most at risk should get it first. In many states, eligibility is opening up. "This is our ticket back to normal, and we're getting closer to that point every day," said Gov. Brian Kemp of Georgia. These are the states where residents 16 years and older will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations. Read on to see if yours is on the list—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
"All Georgia adults can receive coronavirus vaccines beginning Thursday, Gov. Brian Kemp said as he announced a dramatic expansion of eligibility in a state still facing challenges in distributing the lifesaving doses," reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The expansion covers Georgians age 16 and over. "Confirm your spot in line as quickly as possible," said Kemp. He will be vaccinated Friday.
"Gov. Eric Holcomb also announced that on March 31 everyone 16 and older will be able to schedule a COVID-19 vaccination. Gov. Holcomb said in the Tuesday evening speech that the state's steep declines in coronavirus hospitalization and death rates along with the growing number of people fully vaccinated justify the changes," reports WLFI. "He said he hoped the state was seeing the 'tail end of this pandemic' that has killed nearly 13,000 over the past year."
"Texas to open #COVID19 vaccination to all adults on March 29," the state's health department said in a Twitter post. "With every dose, Texas gets closer to normal and protects more lives from COVID-19 hospitalization and death." Until then, "Texas vaccine providers are to continue to prioritize people who are the most at risk of severe disease, hospitalization and death – such as older adults. Over 3M Texans are fully vaccinated and over 6M have received at least one dose."
The state was the first to expand eligibility. "The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker shows Alaska leading states in the percentage of its population to have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine," reports the AP.
"One million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Mississippi, Gov. Tate Reeves announced during a Monday press conference," according to Mississippi Today. "While that figure signals the progress that has been made in vaccination efforts across Mississippi, the state faces hurdles to radically increasing the vaccinated population." "We're not yet out of this fight. In fact, we know that the next million shots are going to be harder to get than the last million," Reeves said. As for yourself, no matter where you live, get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.