As the Peach State moves past 2021, State Affairs took a moment to reflect on what events of the past year are most likely to have a continued impact on Georgia’s people, politics, and policy in 2022.

From the pandemic to tax policy, a lot has impacted citizens across the state.

Georgia's nursing shortage is one of many issues the COVID-19 pandemic has worsened over the last nearly two years. (Credit: Brittney Phan for State Affairs)


The pandemic is still with us. Despite pleas from public health officials and Gov. Brian Kemp to get vaccinated, just 51% of Georgia’s eligible population has received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. 

With the Delta variant over the summer and the Omicron variant this winter, the Peach State has broken records for cases, hospitalizations and deaths, surpassing the grim milestone of 30,000 dead by New Year’s Eve. 

A shortage of medical professionals, in particular nurses, has only made matters worse. Over the summer and again in December, Kemp has had to call in the Georgia National Guard to help relieve hospitals.

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