General information on the vaccine update

Fernanda Camacho Hauser, Correspondent

The Georgia Department of Public Health (GDPH) published a news release on March 23 that starting on March 25 everyone in the state of Georgia ages 16 and older is now eligible to receive their doses of the Covid-19 vaccines currently available.

The reason as to why the cut off age was moved only to 16 years of age is due to the vaccines having been approved with a youngest recommended range of 16 to 18 year olds when they were given the emergency use authorization.

The Pfizer vaccine was the one authorized for those who are 16 years of age and older, while the Moderna and Janssen vaccines have only been approved for those 18 years of age and older.

According to news outlets such as the New York Times, trials have begun to ensure that those under the 16-18 year cut off age are able to be immunized in the near future. 

For Georgia Southern students, faculty and staff this means that the drive through Vaccine Distribution has made available appointments for the Moderna vaccine on March 30 in the Armstrong campus and April 2 in the Statesboro campus according to Georgia Southern News

You can make an appointment through your MyGS through the “COVID-19 Vaccine Scheduling Form” available under the “COVID-19 Information and Resources” tab. 

The GDPH is also regularly updating their information on where vaccines are available as well as who is eligible for the vaccine which you can view here.