Officials confirmed Monday Monday that seniors in South Carolina who are over 70 years old will be eligible to make appointments to get the coronavirus vaccine starting Wednesday.
The news was initially announced in a tweet by Senator Tom Davis of R-Beaufort.
Governor @HenryMcMaster said that starting Wednesday, people 70 years and older may make appointments for vaccinations. I asked: who can provide the vaccine, how many doses can be provided, is VAMS the only way to make an appointment? When I have answers to these questions, I will provide updates. pic.twitter.com/N2sa0uuY8C
-Tom Davis (@senatortomdavis) January 11, 2021
As of now, only front-line medical staff, residents and staff of long-term care institutions, hospitalized patients over 65 years of age who are positive for COVID-19, and other patients included in the first phase can use the coronavirus vaccine vaccine.
The SC Department of Health and Environmental Control has been expanding the number of people eligible for the first phase of vaccination in an effort to increase the immunization rate.
DHEC has set a Friday deadline for the people included in the first phase or their employers to schedule appointments, otherwise they will have to wait until one of the next phases. Officials said they plan to assess how many people will sign up in the next few days to determine when to enter the next phase of deployment.
Members of Congress expressed growing frustration with the introduction of the vaccine, which is the beginning of expansion.
On January 5th, Governor Henry McMaster (Henry McMaster) set the Friday deadline for DHEC adoption.
McMaster said on Friday that the number of medical staff “not yet ready to be vaccinated” was surprising and “soon opened the door for the next group.”
He hinted that he was planning to use his executive power to force the extension of qualifications.
“I can assure you that it has to do with the administrative power granted to the governor to change these boundaries so that the vaccine can enter people’s arms as soon as possible. Everything we will do, I hope we will announce it soon.”
When questioned by Post and Courier on Friday, he will tell seniors why they cannot shoot in South Carolina, while other states have qualified seniors. The governor said that DHEC relies on CDC guidelines and best practices. practice.
“The path chosen is considered the best because the idea is to vaccinate hospital staff who take care of COVID patients, or may need to treat severely ill patients who are not virus-free in the hospital. We want those hospitals to take care of us The rest.”
“But I’m with you,” he told the postman. “It’s time to streamline the process and provide opportunities for vaccinations for seniors and people of any age with serious conditions. Hospitals are working around the clock, looking for ways to accommodate more and more people, and even setting up driving clinics.”
More details are expected to be released later on Monday.
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Sean Adcox Contributed to this report.
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