Teachers, others now eligible for COVID-19 shots in Georgia are pleased, relieved

Governor’s order makes new groups eligible for vaccine as of Monday

BRUNSWICK, Ga. – Georgia teachers and other school and child care employees gained access to the COVID-19 vaccine on Monday, per the latest executive order from Gov. Brian Kemp.

Adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and parents of children with complex medical conditions are now also able to get the COVID-19 vaccine in Georgia under new guidelines issued last week.

“We’re really excited. We were kind of hoping to get the news a little sooner,” Glynn Academy Principal Matthew Blackstone said.

Blackstone said his teachers are relieved and excited to sign up for their shots. He said he will wait until his teachers and staff get vaccinated before he gets a shot himself.

“We can’t wait to have our first pep rally again,” Blackstone said. “We want to do things as a group. We want to come together as a community, and we’ve got a lot of excitement about vaccinations.”

Camden County school bus driver Teresa Coleman was among the first to get a shot Monday morning. She said one of several reasons she wants to be vaccinated are to be able to help the children.

“Kids crack you up. They keep you on your toes,” Coleman said. “You got to wear your mask right now. ... The little ones just don’t understand. They still want their little hugs.”

The Southeast Georgia Health System opened a vaccination event at 8 p.m. Monday at the Camden Community Recreation Center -- right next to Camden County High School. It will be open until to 3 p.m. Monday, then at the same times and the same place on Friday.

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