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State health department expands homebound vaccine program statewide

Updated: Jun. 2, 2021 at 4:23 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control will expand its Vaccination Homebound Project to all 46 counties.

DHEC is working with two providers, Welcome Pharmacy and H&M Labs, to provide free vaccinations to homebound individuals who may be unable to reach a doctor’s office or vaccination facility because of health issues, age, or other reasons. One caregiver per provider is also eligible for a free vaccination through the program.

We are incredibly excited to offer this service to the homebound members of our state,” DHEC Public Health Director Dr. Brannon Traxler said. “Reaching herd immunity means removing any and all barriers between people and these life-saving vaccines. Our homebound program will help us accomplish that goal by bringing this opportunity to front doors across South Carolina.”

The Vaccine Homebound Project follows a pilot program launched in late February for residents in Jasper and Hampton counties.

Through the pilot, DHEC determined there was a demand for a larger scale initiative that services every county in the state.

To schedule an appointment with the Vaccination Homebound Project, call DHEC’s Vaccine Information Line at 866-365-8110 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week.

Residents will be asked to provide their name, date of birth, and address to a call line operator. The operator will connect them with either Welcome Pharmacy or H&M Labs and a representative from the provider will then call the resident within a few days to schedule an appointment.

If residents have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, a call line operator can help answer them.

After administering the shot, the vaccine administrator will stay for a short monitoring period for all individuals who receive the vaccine. The vaccine administrator will assist those receiving the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine with scheduling their second shot.

The statewide program launched Tuesday and will run through December.

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