WSB In-Depth: Kemp hopeful about progress of Georgia’s vaccine distribution

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp said he believes the state has significantly improved its COVID-19 distribution problem.

Gov. Kemp and health officials updated the state’s COVID-19 distribution plan at a news conference on Thursday, Jan. 21.

Kemp also spoke with WSB’s Scott Slade this week about the progress of the state’s vaccine distribution. Listen to the FULL interview below.

He said the state is doing better getting vaccine shots in arms, but now it is a supply problem.

At this point, Kemp said the state needs more than the weekly allotment it is getting.

Starting next week, there will be an additional 40,000 doses available a week for Georgians over the age of 65.

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That’s vaccine that was being set aside for nursing homes but now can go to the general public.

“We simply don’t have the vaccine, and as I said this morning at a meeting, the biggest impediment now to getting vaccine into arms is having an adequate supply, an ongoing cadence, of vaccine arriving from the federal government,” Georgia Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Kathleen Toomey said.

Dr. Toomey also spoke with WSB’s Scott Slade this week about what a new administration in the White House could mean for the state’s COVID vaccine distribution plan. Listen to the FULL interview below.

“I can’t control the supply we’re getting. But if we get more I can control, and Dr. Toomey can control, we will do everything in our power to empower not only the government but also private sector partners to get this vaccine in people’s arms,” Kemp said.

Gray asked Kemp if a plan is in place if that vaccine allotment increases. He said the state has signed up more than 1,700 partners. They have a plan mapped out, and they just need the vaccine.

They have typically been finding out on Thursday nights each week about their allotment, which has held steady at 120,000 doses so far.

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