Here's the latest information on COVID-19 vaccinations in South Carolina.
Updated October 13, 2021, at 1:00 p.m.
COVID-19 has hit the United States – and South Carolina – especially hard. We are all tasked with new daily requirements: wearing masks, socially distancing, and avoiding crowds. We miss our loved ones, our friends, and our families. Many of us have lost people we know to the pandemic, and the daily numbers can be daunting to face.
However, the vaccine, for many of us, brings hope. By getting vaccinated and continuing with mask-wearing and social distancing, we can all do our part to help others and ourselves stay safe.
Who can get the vaccine?
In South Carolina, COVID-19 vaccinations are underway for all residents ages 12+.
People ages 12-15 have been authorized to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech (brand name: COMIRNATY) vaccination. This age group requires parental consent. People ages 16 and 17 also are authorized to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccination, and they are not required to get parental consent.
People ages 18+ have the option of the Pfizer-BioNTech, Johnson & Johnson/Janssen, or Moderna vaccines.
To make an online reservation for the COVID-19 vaccine, you may need to have an email account. Even if you do not have a device of your own to access an email account, you can still sign up for a free one to use on any Web connected device. Here are some simple steps to follow to get your own email account.
If you do not have computer access or a mobile device, all library locations are offering in-person services such as computer access and outdoor services. See the full list here.
How can I get to a vaccine site?
The Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority (The COMET) has launched their “Don’t Miss Your Shot” campaign to assist people in traveling to various COVID-19 vaccination sites across the Midlands.
The COMET has also partnered with Lyft and Uber for rides for vaccination appointments in Richland and Lexington Counties. Each individual is allowed up to four free rides (two roundtrips) with up to $15 off each ride to and from vaccination appointments, and this offer is for transportation Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
What COVID-19 resources are available though Richland Library?
Richland Library's staff have worked diligently to bring you information and resources though their blog posts and tele-town halls:
Tele-Town Hall with DHEC's Dr. Jane Kelly
Dr. Jane Kelly, the Assistant State Epidemiologist with the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), recently sat down for a tele town hall with Richland County residents to answer questions about COVID-19 and the vaccines for the disease.
#RelyonReal is a social media campaign with the purpose of spreading facts about the COVID-19 vaccine to combat any misleading myths or misinformation.
A History of the COVID-19 Vaccines
Have questions about the vaccines? This resource review is a comprehensive starting point!
While You're Waiting for the COVID-19 Vaccine:
While you are patiently waiting for your COVID-19 vaccination, keep safe, take care of yourself, and stay up-to-date with the latest guidance.
A Personal Account of Getting the Vaccine
Hestitating about getting the COVID-19 vaccine for yourself? Read this personal story about one of our very own staff receiving her vaccine.
How to Talk to Teens about COVID-19
Does your teen have questions about the pandemic? Not sure how to talk them about it? Our Teen Center has pulled their resources together for this post on how to discuss COVID-19 with your teen.
With the Coronavirus (COVID-19) currently impacting the U.S., we've compiled a list of resources and information to help you and your family stay informed. For additional COVID-19 resources and information, click here.