Chatham officials prepare to expand COVID-19 vaccinations to educators

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Following Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp’s Feb. 25 announcement that the COVID-19 vaccine will soon become available to teachers, school staff, adults with disabilities and their caregivers, and parents of children who have complex medical conditions, Chatham County officials are preparing to expand inoculation efforts to include area residents who fall under these new eligibility categories.

Kemp said that he expects this inoculation expansion to begin on March 8. According to Dr. Lawton Davis, the Coastal Health District health director, when the vaccine does become available to teachers and school staff in Chatham County, local officials plan to stagger the administration of shots to educators to help prevent disruptions to class schedules.

“Some [teachers] are going to have side effects and be out of school,” Davis said during his biweekly COVID-19 response update at the Feb. 26 Chatham County Commission meeting. “We may be interrupting school somewhat to vaccinate.”

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