January 11, 2021
Columbia, South Carolina — Governor Henry McMaster and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) announced that Starting Wednesday, January 13, any South Carolina resident over the age of 70, regardless of health or past conditions, can start scheduling an appointment to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
Based on the COVID-19 vaccine data (received, administered, and scheduled dose), South Carolina officials are confident that most people who are vaccinated for Phase 1a have already been vaccinated or have been scheduled for vaccination. The state currently has 146,500 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, 82,266 doses of total vaccine have been administered (a utilization rate of 56%), and there are 94,926 doses scheduled for stage 1
Depending on the use of vaccines, the number of appointments and information on vaccine supply, other steps will be taken to expedite access to more South Carolina people.
“Since we saw a sharp increase in the number of vaccine uses and appointments last week, we decided to speed up again,” Governor Henry McMaster said. “We know that those over the age of 70 are at the greatest risk of dying from COVID-19. Ensuring that they can get the vaccine quickly will help save lives.”
“Although, like all states, South Carolina currently restricts the use of the COVID-19 vaccine, our providers continue to receive weekly shipments of vaccine from the federal government,” Said Dr. Brannon Traxler, Interim Director of Public Health at DHEC. “In assessing supply and demand, as the rate of vaccines entering the state increases compared to the scheduled appointment rate, we believe it is appropriate to start scheduled appointments for other South Carolina officials. According to current data, South Carolina is 70 years old. The death rate of COVID-19 and above is about 655 deaths per 100,000 people. For people under 70, there are about 37 COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 people. This is an amazing comparison that explains why in our rescue In the life mission, the next step is to vaccinate this group of people.”
In South Carolina, more than 67% of COVID-19 deaths are people 70 years and older.
It is estimated that there are approximately 627,800 South Carolinas over 70 years old in South Carolina, many of whom have already received the vaccine through other Phase 1a qualifications.
What to know
- Starting Wednesday, January 13, any South Carolina resident who is 70 years of age or older can schedule an appointment to receive a vaccine
- Vaccines can only be administered by appointment-you cannot walk into a medical institution to request a vaccine
- Residents will be required to provide a driver’s license or other form of identification when dating to confirm their age and therefore whether they are eligible for the vaccine
- Individuals who are eligible for the vaccine can use this online resource to schedule appointments, It currently includes several large hospitals, seven DHEC sites, one DHEC mobile clinic and 12 Doctor’s Cares sites. An additional 50 locations will be added to this list and vaccines will be available early next week. Individuals can also call the DHEC care hotline at 1-855-472-3432 Assist in scheduling appointments.
- As residents and employees of long-term care facilities continue to receive their Moderna vaccines through the federal long-term care program, the state can soon redirect some Moderna vaccines from the program and make them available to others
- South Carolina is committed to limiting the supply of COVID-19 to rural and unserviced communities whose residents are currently eligible for vaccination. This happened in the following way:
- The number of DHEC mobile clinics has increased. DHEC can bring vaccines to the community, but there are no nearby locations for vaccines.
- Work with South Carolina Vaccine Advisory Committee, Rural Health Office, Office of Minority Affairs, South Carolina Hospital Association, South Carolina Medical Association, and other state and local partners to establish vaccine provider locations for rural and underserved communities
- Continue to educate and inform rural, ethnic and non-white communities about the safety and effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine
- The Pfizer BioNTech vaccine requires two injections, 21 days apart. The Moderna vaccine requires two injections, 28 days apart. You need to receive two photos of the same product at the same time; the vaccine brands are not interchangeable.
- Full protection from COVID-19 requires two shots. After two injections, the effective rate of Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccine in preventing diseases is 94-95%.
- Individuals will receive a vaccine card after receiving the first photo to remind them that the second photo is due. Most providers also send a second dose of appointment reminders to patients via phone, email or text message.
- Vaccination is one of many steps to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. Protection from COVID-19 is crucial because for some people, it can cause serious illness or death.
- Stopping the pandemic requires the use of all available tools. Vaccines are used in conjunction with your immune system, so if you are exposed, your body will be ready to fight the virus. Other steps, such as masks and physical distancing, can help reduce your chances of being exposed to the virus or spreading it to others.
As the global pandemic and vaccine distribution continue to evolve rapidly, people in South Carolina are reminded to stay up-to-date by following trusted, verified and up-to-date information sources. DHEC continues to update our state media at least twice a week as part of its continuous effort to provide the latest information.For the latest COVID-19 vaccine information, please visit scdhec.gov/vaxfacts.