Counties to get COVID vaccines based on their population

VIDEO: Counties to get COVID vaccines based on their population

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control will begin allocating COVID-19 vaccines to counties based on their population.

During a meeting on Tuesday, the board voted to advance a model that will distribute the vaccine on a per capita basis.

Interim Public Health Director Brannon Traxler noted that a method of allocation was not necessary until demand began to outweigh supply two weeks ago.

“The federal allocation [of vaccine] in South Carolina has stayed the same,” she said. “The request at this point remains significantly higher than what the state is able to fulfill, making some method of allocation necessary.”

Traxler said during the week of Jan. 11, hospital requests for the vaccine increased fourfold. The state currently receives 60,000 to 64,000 doses of the vaccine each week.

Under the model, Charleston County would receive 4,551 vaccines each week; Berkeley County would receive 2,479 vaccines each week; and Dorchester County would receive 1,801 vaccines each week.

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