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Gov. Brian Kemp gives update on COVID-19 vaccine rollout

He is speaking at a news conference from the Capitol.

ATLANTA — As the state of Georgia continues its slow rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine, Gov. Brian Kemp and Georgia’s Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Kathleen Toomey are addressing the public today.

They are speaking from the Capitol at 11 a.m. and the event will be streamed on 11Alive.com and on the 11Alive YouTube channel

They said more than 700,000 total doses have been given in the state and that they are working to get more shots into more arms. 

The state remains in Phase 1A+ of the administration process, which includes healthcare workers, residents, and staff at long-term care facilities, adults 65 and older and their caregivers - where applicable, law enforcement, firefighters, 911 dispatchers, and first responders.

Kemp said last week that the state expects to continue to receive its allotment of only 120,000 doses a week, which the governor explained is for about 2 million Georgians who currently qualify for them.

Although the vaccine is in Georgia and more people are getting the shot each day, the governor said now is not the time to become complacent. He also reiterated that hospitals can't handle another surge.

As of Monday, there have been 11,854 deaths in Georgia and more than 720,000 cases since the pandemic began. 

11Alive is focusing our news coverage on the facts and not the fear around the virus. We want to keep you informed about the latest developments while ensuring that we deliver confirmed, factual information. We will track the most important coronavirus elements relating to Georgia on this page. Refresh often for new information.