Here's the latest information on COVID-19 vaccinations in South Carolina.
Updated March 2, 2021, at 11:30 a.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, Phase 1A is underway for COVID vaccinations.
Phase 1B will begin March 8, 2021.
Phase 1C will begin approximately April 12, 2021.
Phase 2 will begin approximately May 3, 2021.
The following groups are covered under Phase 1A, according to the latest information from DHEC:
Long-term care facility workers
Admitted hospital patients, age 65+
People age 65+ with or without underlying conditions
COVID-19/testing-mission-critical state and government employees
Starting March 8, 2021, the following groups are covered under Phase 1B, according to the latest information from DHEC:
People 55+ with or without underlying conditions
People with increased risk for severe COVID-19 disease
Frontline workers with increased occupational risk
Individuals at increased risk in settings where people are living and working in close contact
All workers in healthcare and community health settings who have routine, direct patient contact and were not vaccinated in Phase 1A
Starting approximately April 12, 2021, the following groups are covered under Phase 1C, according to the latest information from DHEC:
People 45+ with or without underlying health conditions
Starting approximately May 3, 2021, the following groups are covered under Phase 2, according to the latest information from DHEC:
People age 16+ with or without underlying health conditions
You can also call DHEC’s Care Line at 866-365-8110, 7 days a week, 7 a.m.–7 p.m., for help finding a vaccination location near you.
Contact information is listed below for some of the major vaccine providers serving Richland County.
Prisma Health is hosting two large-scale vaccination sites in Greenville, South Carolina, and Columbia, South Carolina.Both locations offer limited assistance for those 65+ without smartphone or computer access, and both locations require waiting in line.
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, several library locations are offering in-person services like computer access and outdoor services like laptop use. 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.
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