Georgia receives first shipment of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine

Posted at 4:19 PM, Dec 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-14 16:19:08-05

ATLANTA, Ga. (WTXL) — The Georgia Department of Public Health received the first shipments of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine Monday, with the initial doses going to coastal communities.

Monday’s shipment contained 5,850 doses of vaccine for residents to receive their first dose of the two doses series, and have arrived in coastal Georgia at two public health locations capable of storing doses with ultra-cold freezers, according to a press release from the governor’s office.

Georgia’s Coastal Health District began vaccinating front-line nurses Monday afternoon, with a broader vaccination plan for high priority residents in Chatham, Glynn, and the surrounding counties beginning Tuesday.

The health district will also make the vaccine available to other local hospitals as they wait for their own deliveries of the vaccine.

According to the release, additional shipments of the Pfizer vaccine are expected to arrive later in the week at facilities in other parts of the state, including metro Atlanta.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expected to give Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine emergency use authorization later in the week.

Assuming it is authorized for use by the FDA, shipments of that vaccine should begin arriving in Georgia next week, the governor’s office said.