City vaccinating frontline workers from COVID

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, right, speaks at Morehouse School of Medicine before her mother, Sylvia Robinson, center, receives the first of two Moderna Covid-19 vaccines Tuesday, January 5, 2021.  Bottoms is waiting to get her vaccine until first responders receive their shots. (Jenni Girtman for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

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Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, right, speaks at Morehouse School of Medicine before her mother, Sylvia Robinson, center, receives the first of two Moderna Covid-19 vaccines Tuesday, January 5, 2021. Bottoms is waiting to get her vaccine until first responders receive their shots. (Jenni Girtman for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

The City of Atlanta has provided more than 100 public safety employees their first round of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to an announcement Thursday.

The first to receive the vaccine are members of the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department, the Atlanta Police Department, including public safety employees assigned to the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

“The City is prepared to assist state and local partners as needed in administration of the COVID-19 vaccination,” said Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms in a statement. “Our public safety and first responder employees will be the first to be vaccinated, soon followed by other frontline employees.

After Atlanta’s first responders and healthcare workers have received vaccines, the city plans to give vaccines to critical infrastructure employees at the Department of Watershed Management , the Department of Public Works and the Atlanta Department of Transportation and other employees at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

The vaccine is not mandatory, but highly encouraged, according to a city press release.

Vaccines are being administered by the Fulton County Department of Health. Atlanta officials are assisting in the administration of vaccines, the press release said.