SC hospitals can now vaccinate admitted patients 65 and over

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCSC/AP) - South Carolina’s health department says hospitals can now start vaccinating admitted patients aged 65 and older against COVID-19.

The agency said Friday that hospitals can start getting shots into the arms of those patients as long as they don’t currently have COVID-19 and a health care provider approves.

South Carolina officials have said the state wasn’t getting shots into arms quickly enough. So far, providers have only been able to vaccinate health care workers and those living and working in long-term care facilities in initial phase of the state’s vaccine plan.

The announcement comes the same day the state tallied yet another record-high daily count of nearly 5,000 virus cases.

Friday’s report included 4,986 new and another 91 probable cases. It also reported 28 confirmed and six probable deaths.

This brings the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Carolina since the start of the pandemic to 315,353 and deaths to 5,217, according to data from the agency.

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