Vaccine allocation criteria are mainly based on supply and shipping, which are not controlled by DPH. DPH uses the following criteria for vaccine allocation to suppliers: each provider is responsible for following the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) to prioritize vaccination among its employees and to comply with the agreement of the vaccine provider they signed at the time of registration as a supplier. This will help ensure that the vaccine is given first to health care professionals who are in direct contact with patients with COVID-19 or to those who treat COVID-19 materials. With Pfizer and Moderna able to improve vaccine production in the coming days and weeks, supply should better meet demand for each allocation and administration phase. In the meantime, suppliers and the public will be encouraged to be patient while working together to distribute vaccines in the most efficient and equitable way possible. The Food and Drug Administration granted Moderna emergency authorization for its December 18, 2020 COVID-19 vaccine. The first distribution of Moderna vaccines by Georgia is 174,000 doses and shipments are expected to start arriving today until Wednesday. These shipments are sent directly to suppliers. The Georgian Department of Public Health (DPH) is launching a vaccination dashboard that will track the number of registered suppliers for the supply of vaccines, assignments and deliveries from manufacturers of vaccines and administered vaccines. The dashboard reflects the previous day`s amounts and is updated from 18 .m Monday to Friday. The dashboard is available on DPH`s website at dph.georgia.gov. DPH also plans to award a second 60,000 doses of Pfizer vaccine this week, of which 20,000 will be allocated to long-term care centers, specially qualified health centres, to begin vaccination on December 28. Most long-term care centres in Georgia work with CVS and Walgreens to manage immunization for residents and staff.
It is important to note that Pfizer only delivers from Sunday to Thursday to prevent the vaccine from arriving during the weekend when some facilities are closed and to avoid problems for ultra-cold storage facilities that use dry ice to control temperature. The remaining 10,000 doses of Pfizer`s first allocation of 84,000 doses will arrive in facilities today. All Georgians are encouraged to continue to follow basic prevention measures COVID-19: wearing a mask, practicing social detachment, washing hands frequently and following public health guidelines and executive directives of the governor.” Health care professionals have several opportunities to get vaccinated: Georgia has more than 537,000 health professionals and the state had received about 72,000 doses of vaccines as of Friday. With the expected delivery of Moderna and the second distribution of the Pfizer vaccine, this number will more than quadruple in the coming days, and more health and resident staff as well as long-term care center staff will be better used for the vaccine.