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The Health Report: Can J&J Vaccine Ease Reluctance?

Mar 5, 2021

This week on the Georgia Health Report, host Lauren Baggett and Andy Miller of Georgia Health News discuss how the convenience of the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine may ease people’s reluctance to get vaccinated.

Some Georgia renters may qualify for a state program that will provide financial assistance for past due rent and utilities.

The Georgia Department of Community Affairs will begin administering the State of Georgia Rental Assistance Program starting Monday, March 8.

To be eligible, Georgians must qualify for unemployment benefits or have experienced financial hardship due directly or indirectly to COVID-19. They must also demonstrate a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability and have a household income at or below 80 percent of the Area Median Income.

UGA Today

Yesterday, the University of Georgia announced the return to full in-person instruction for the upcoming fall semester.

Due to the wider availability of vaccines, the University of Georgia will resume normal operations in the fall, including a return to full in-person instruction, full capacity in the residence halls and dining facilities, as well as regular operations for other campus services, according to UGA Today.

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Georgia’s House speaker is backing a plan that would nearly double pay for lawmakers and also boost pay for all statewide officials except the governor. Base pay for the 180 House members and 56 senators would rise from $16,200 a year to $29,908.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, Black Americans are more likely to suffer from high blood pressure, heart disease, and other ailments, than their white counterparts. News research from the University of Georgia shows that these occurrences may be linked to discriminatory housing policies.

Dr. Rebecca Wells, from UGA's College of Public Health, is coauthor of the study, which took place over the summer of 2020.