COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - As of Monday, Georgians 65 and older, law enforcement, and firefighters now have a chance to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
Many people in the Chattahoochee Valley said after waiting for what they feel is a long time to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, they are happy to finally have a chance to receive it.
“I was nervous when I got up today and started to think about it, but I am excited,” Martha Tinney said.
Tinney received her first dose of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine Monday at the Columbus Health Department, thanks to Georgia’s expansion to the vaccine distribution plan for people over the age of 65.
“When my dad was alive, he had leukemia, so we were social distancing long before anyone else,” Russell Tinney said.
Martha Tinney’s son, Russell Tinney, is her caregiver and also joined her in receiving a COVID-19 vaccine Monday. The experience was an emotional one for both after losing a family member too soon.
“If he was here, he would be right here and be getting one too because we had been shut-ins for months,” said Russell Tinney said.
Dozens of other families in the 65 and older group also joined the Tinney’s in receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. Many are optimistic that this two-part shot in total will be able to restore some normalcy in their lives. Others still had their doubts.
“I don’t know how it is going to react with cancer,” said one individual who wished to remain anonymous.
Law enforcement, firefighters, and first responders also can begin to receive the COVID-19 vaccine starting Monday if they wish, according to Pamela Kirkland with the Columbus Health Department.
“We have to go through the registration process to make sure all the doses are spoken for,” Kirkland said.
Kirkland said it is imperative that if you are a Georgian eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, you will have to register on the West Central Health District’s website.
Only Phase 1A people will be getting calls from medical staff to schedule appointments.