Many people are eager to learn about the progress University Cancer & Blood Center is making in delivering the COVID-19 vaccine. We are in the early stages of vaccinations, a complicated process requiring substantial coordination between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH), supply chains and distribution logistics. It is an exciting time and one of renewed hope.
UCBC, like all health care providers, must follow the DPH vaccine rollout plan. There are currently three phases in the plan, and each may have subphases. We are now in Phase 1a, which allows the vaccination of health care workers and long-term care residents.
On December 30, 2020, the Governor of Georgia, Brian Kemp and the Department of Public Health, announced a planned expansion of the Phase 1a vaccine rollout. The DPH has expanded the first phase of vaccine administration to ensure that all vaccines received by providers are being used. Effective Jan. 11, 2021, the expanded list of individuals eligible for vaccination in Phase 1a will include:
• Healthcare workers in clinical settings (e.g., nurses, physicians, EMS, laboratory technicians, environmental services)
• Staff and residents of long-term care facilities
• All law enforcement and fire personnel (including volunteer departments)
• Adults aged 65 and older (and their caregivers as applicable)
While this is exciting news, it is important to remember that vaccine availability is dependent on supply and distribution, which UCBC does not control. We will continue to monitor developments, work closely with the DPH and inform you of the latest progress.
Beginning January 11, 2021, UCBC will have an online portal for patients to register and schedule an appointment to receive the first round of the vaccine. These appointments are first come, first served. If you do not see an appointment available, please continue to check the portal for cancelled or newly opened appointments. Stay up to date here.