COVID-19 VACCINE NEWSLETTER

Every other week, my team and I will post our Covid-19 Vaccine Newsletter. This newsletter will provide you with the most up-to-date information about the Covid-19 vaccine distribution in our community and where you can get a vaccine. 

The South Carolina Covid-19 Response Plan can be found here. 

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?


The CDC announced on Tuesday, November 2 that the Pfizer vaccine is now approved for children ages 5 - 11.

The Pfizer vaccine remains available to those aged 12+.  

Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson are all available to those aged 18 and older.

Booster Shots:

A third dose of mRNA vaccine is authorized for moderately to severely immunocompromised individuals, which are people with weakened immune systems. Although CDC does not recommend additional doses or booster shots for any other population at this time, HHS has announced a plan to begin offering COVID-19 vaccine booster shots this Fall.

WHAT PHASE ARE WE IN?

Phase 2 started on March 31, 2021.

On Thursday, May 13, The CDC issued the following guidance for vaccinated people:

Fully vaccinated people can:

  • Resume activities without wearing masks or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance
  • Resume domestic travel and refrain from testing before or after travel or self-quarantine after travel
  • Refrain from testing before leaving the United States for international travel (unless required by the destination) and refrain from self-quarantine after arriving back in the United States
  • Refrain from testing following a known exposure, if asymptomatic, with some exceptions for specific settings
  • Refrain from quarantine following a known exposure if asymptomatic
  • Refrain from routine screening testing if feasible

You can find a more detailed listing here: https://scdhec.gov/covid19/covid-19-vaccine

Distribution Information:

South Carolina has completed Phase 1-A (Estimated Population of Phase 1-A: 1,296,246)
South Carolina has moved beyond Phase 1-B (Estimated Population of Phase 1-B: 2.7 million)
South Carolina has skipped Phase 1-C (Estimated Population of Phase 1-C: 1.9 million)


WHERE CAN I GET MY VACCINE?

You can use this tool to find a Covid-19 vaccination site near you.

Children ages 5-11 are eligible to recieve the Pfizer vaccine. The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) recommends parents call their child's pediatrician or family healthcare provider to make an appointment. 

You can also call this number for help finding vaccine providers and to answer questions:1-866-365-8110


VACCINES FOR VETERANS

Enrolled Veterans of all ages can receive the COVID-19 vaccine through the VA. Appointments are available in Hinesville, Savannah, Myrtle Beach and North Charleston. Call 843-789-6900 to schedule your appointment. 

For Veterans who are not currently enrolled in the VA, please call the eligibility office at 843-789-7008 or visit the eligibility website https://www.charleston.va.gov/patients/eligibility.asp

More information on COVID-19 is available at:
RHJ VA Medical Center COVID-19 Information

VA COVID Information

Clinic addresses in SC:

  • Myrtle Beach: 1800 Airpark Drive, Myrtle Beach, SC
  • North Charleston: 6450 Rivers Ave, North Charleston, SC
  • Beaufort: 1 Pinckney Blvd., Beaufort, SC

STATISTICS


Total Doses Received by SC Residents  5,202,958
Total SC Residents with at least 1 vaccine  2,703,232
Total SC Residents who have completed vaccination 2,369,584
Percent of SC Residents who have completed vaccination     55.2%

To see vaccine allocations by facility, click here.