COVID-19 Vaccine

Vaccine Distribution

Governor Brian Kemp announced an expansion of vaccine eligibility for Georgians effective March 8. The governor also announced the state will no longer use tiers—such as 1A or 1B—to outline current and future groups eligible for vaccination. Emory’s planning will adjust accordingly to support the state’s roll out and reflect these new changes to their distribution process.

As of March 8, those eligible for vaccination include:

  • Pre-K through 12 educators and staff
  • Adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their caregivers*
  • Parents of children with complex medical conditions*

*Determination of what constitutes a disability or pediatric complex medical condition is being determined by the Georgia Department of Public Health. Once definitions are confirmed, additional information and resources will be shared.

Those who fit the new criteria join those who were already eligible for vaccination, including:

  • Individuals 65 years of age and older and their caregivers
  • Health care personnel and long-term care facility residents and staff
  • Law enforcement, fire, EMS personnel, and 911 operators

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Biweekly Community Updates

Emory will host a series of presentations on the following dates to keep the community informed of COVID-19 vaccine updates.

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Vaccine FAQs

3.1.21: Yes. The demand for vaccine continues to be much greater than the supply available within the state. If you can get vaccinated outside of Emory Healthcare, including at a pharmacy or clinic, please do so.

3.1.21: Vaccine availability is subject to change based on supply at the state and federal levels. Please note, however, that all three vaccines are effective and have been through rigorous safety protocols. We encourage you to take whichever vaccine is available to you.

3.1.21: As vaccine availability increases over the coming months, Emory will continue to review all policies through a formal review process, including any decision related to mandatory vaccinations. At this time, we encourage members of our community to take the vaccine to protect themselves, their loved ones, and our community.

3.1.21: Eligibility for the vaccine is determined by the state of Georgia. A university vaccine planning group, which includes researchers, ethicists, academics, and administrators, is facilitating a vaccine distribution model for faculty, staff, and students who fit current and future eligibility criteria. This model is aligned with Georgia Department of Public Health and Emory Healthcare principles.

3.1.21: Yes, if you take a vaccine version that recommends receiving two doses, please take both doses of the vaccine as recommended and/or scheduled by your health care provider. The data for how well the vaccines work is based on having the recommended number of doses administered. For Moderna and Pfizer’s vaccines:

  • We don’t know whether the vaccines would work as well (or at all) with a single dose.
  • It is incredibly important that anyone who receives the first dose is committed to complying with the second dose.
  • If administered through Emory Healthcare, they will work with you to schedule both appointments.


  • Getting a vaccine series does NOT mean one can stop wearing a mask or stop physical distancing practices. No vaccines are 100 percent effective.
  • Everyone should continue to follow masking, physical distancing, and hand hygiene guidelines for the foreseeable future.
  • If you are required by Emory to take a screening test, you must continue to test even if you are fully vaccinated.