Priority Groups for COVID-19 Vaccination Phases

Updated 1/11/20

Current Phase: 1a PLUS

The Coastal Health District is now vaccinating the following groups:

  • Adults age 65 and older
  • Caregivers of adults 65 and older
  • Emergency first responders
  • Healthcare workers
  • Residents and staff of long-term care facilities

To ensure we have adequate vaccine and appointments to fulfill existing requests, the Coastal Health District has temporarily paused appointment scheduling for new requests.

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Vaccine Phases

Phase 1a

Phase 1a will include paid and unpaid persons serving in a healthcare setting who have the potential for direct or indirect exposure to patients or infectious materials. Examples include:

  • Hospital staff,
  • Public health clinical staff
  • EMS and other first responders who respond to medical calls,
  • Long term care facility (LTCF) staff,
  • LTCF residents,
  • Urgent care facility staff,
  • Staff in clinical settings (e.g., physicians, nurses, pharmacists, EMS, laboratory staff, environmental services, LTCF staff etc.)

Phase 1a PLUS

  • All adults age 65 and older
  • Caregivers of adults age 65 and older
  • All emergency first responders

Phase 1b

Phase 1b will include other essential workers and people at higher risk of severe COVID-19 illness. Examples include:

  • Critical workforce employees (e.g., pharmacy staff, educational faculty and staff, correctional facility staff, court employees, food processors, grocery store workers, transportation staff, nuclear power plant employees, air traffic controllers, etc.)

Phase 1c

Phase 1c will include people at higher risk of severe COVID-19 illness, not vaccinated during Phase 1a or Phase 1b. Examples include:

  • Adults 65 and older and their caregivers
  • Adults below age 65 with comorbidities
Phase 2: Limited COVID-19 Vaccine Availability
  • Individuals in homeless shelters
  • Individuals in congregate settings (e.g., dormitories, group homes)
  • Staff and individuals in jails, prisons, detention centers
  • Other people living in congregate settings
  • All adults age 31-64
Phase 3: Increased COVID-19 Vaccine Availability
  • Workers in industries important to the functioning of society and at moderate risk of exposures as listed in executive orders (e.g., hairstylists, barbers, restaurant employees, etc.)
  • Young adults age 18-30
Phase 4: Vaccine Supply Widely Available
  • Everyone residing in Georgia for whom the vaccine is recommended
  • Children once vaccine is approved for pediatric use