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  East Cooper Medical Center to host weekly vaccine clinic

East Cooper Medical Center says they will still be vaccinating only people who qualify for Phase 1A this weekend.

  The vaccination ‘race’ to herd immunity and hurdles to get there

Charleston Co. Schools explain school vaccine plans

  SC receives first Janssen vaccine doses, sends them to providers

  Saturday marks one year since first COVID-19 cases reported in South Carolina

State health department identifies S.C. pharmacies set to receive J&J vaccine

CCU professor says DHEC’s vaccine rollout process meets ethical guidelines

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  People eligible for Phase 1B wait to register for vaccine appointments

  Charleston Co. Sheriff’s Office partners with Fetter Health for vaccine transportation

  Lowcountry hospitals face vaccine supply issues as SC moves to new vaccination phase

  Fact or Fiction: COVID vaccine safety for pregnant & nursing moms

  SC Phase 1B vaccine rollout to include people 55+, teachers, those at higher risk

More than 1M doses of COVID-19 vaccine given in South Carolina

VACCINE Q&A: Do COVID survivors still need the vaccine?

Experts do not yet know how long you are protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.

VACCINE Q&A: Should I expect a bad reaction to the vaccine?

DHEC and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirm some patients are reporting more severe symptoms after their second dose of vaccine.

South Carolina teachers trekking north to get vaccinated

The Department of Health and Environmental Control scheduled Phase 1B groups to be vaccinated in the early Spring.

SC’s first shipment of J&J vaccine to contain 41K doses, health department says

South Carolina is set to receive 41,000 doses of the newly-approved Johnson & Johnson vaccine in its first shipment, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control said Monday.

Lowcountry hospitals wait for word on J&J vaccine availability in SC

  Fetter Health to host Wadmalaw Island vaccine clinic

  DHEC seeks to expand homebound vaccinations, provides update on next phase

How did our percent positive get cut in half? Explaining DHEC’s new method

  Fact or Fiction: Do COVID survivors still need the vaccine?

  Fetter Health urges people not to come early to vaccine clinics

  DHEC officials say COVID-19 vaccine waste is minimal

The Department of Health and Environmental Control says the waste is minimal when you consider that 800,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been given in South Carolina.

  Gov. McMaster encourages private businesses to open vaccine sites

A vaccine location in South Carolina is delivering 130 doses a day with no waiting and wants to expand their capacity to 300 shots per day.

  Harris Teeter to vaccinate 1,200 during two-day clinic at Gaillard Center

Harris Teeter says they no longer have appointments available for their COVID-19 vaccination clinics at the Charleston Gaillard Center.

  DHEC director: South Carolina could be ready to move to Phase 1b in 2-3 weeks

South Carolina could start transitioning to Phase 1b in the COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan in about two to three weeks

South Carolina lawmakers discuss teacher vaccine bill

Lawmakers reassured Spearman they want teachers to be vaccinated, but not before our vulnerable senior citizen population.

  Fetter Health hosting mobile COVID-19 vaccination clinic in N. Charleston

Fetter Health Care Network says they will be hosting a mobile COVID-19 vaccination clinic at a North Charleston church.

  MUSC partners with city to open semi-permanent vaccination site

The City of Charleston says they are looking to partner with the Medical University of South Carolina to set up a semi-permanent COVID-19 vaccination site.

  Winter weather forces MUSC to delay more than 10K vaccine appointments

MUSC officials confirmed Monday morning winter weather has caused delays forcing them to postpone more than 10,000 COVID vaccine appointments.

S.C. health officials say vaccine providers may have to dip into wrong set of doses to fill appointments

Providers across the state are seeing varying levels of difficulty with receiving vaccine shipments.

  Vaccine clinic at Gaillard Center vaccine clinic called off after doses fail to ship

Harris Teeter says it is working to notify people who booked COVID vaccine appointments Friday and Saturday that it will not have the necessary doses available.

  Fact or Fiction: Normal Vaccine Reactions or No Reaction?

The state health department reports 710,419 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been given in South Carolina so far.

  Tidelands Health sets one-week record in COVID vaccinations

Tidelands Health says the 5,200 COVID vaccine doses they will have handed out by the end of Friday at vaccine clinic locations including Murrells Inlet and Georgetown sets a new weekly record.

  COVID-19 vaccine side effect could falsely look like breast cancer symptom

Because of a newly discovered COVID-19 vaccine side effect, doctors are now recommending women wait to get their regularly scheduled mammograms until weeks after receiving both doses.

  Line begins forming early ahead of Colleton County COVID vaccine clinic

Fetter Health Care is hosting its first COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Colleton County beginning Thursday morning.

  MUSC vaccination efforts hindered by syringe supply, federal tracking system

MUSC officials say a special syringe has enabled them to get an additional one or two doses of the COVID vaccine from each vial. But there’s a problem.

  Bell: No plans to restrict vaccines to SC residents

As North Carolina announced an update to their COVID vaccine guidelines, South Carolina’s state epidemiologist says the Palmetto State has no similar plan.

  You Paid For It: Lunches for Lab Workers

A review of state credit card expenses revealed a string of lunch charges in DHEC’s spending records.

Gaillard Center to co-host COVID-19 vaccination clinic

Harris Teeter along with the Gaillard Center and City of Charleston are sponsoring a COVID-19 vaccination clinic.

  Administration fee may be tacked on to ‘free’ COVID-19 vaccine

Though the actual COVID-19 vaccines are free, some providers are charging an “administration fee” that may get passed along to the patient.

SC House passes $208M funding bill to help with vaccine rollout

State lawmakers are sending a $208 million funding bill to Gov. Henry McMaster’s desk.

State health department warns of more weather-related vaccine delays

The Department of Health and Environmental Control says it has notified COVID-19 vaccine providers that shipments of the vaccine may be delayed because of weather.

  COVID-19 vaccination clinic operating in Hollywood

Charleston County says they will be hosting a COVID-19 vaccination clinic for those who qualify for the vaccine.

  SC health department releases COVID vaccine demographic information

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control released Monday a new dashboard it says will help ensure equal access to the COVID vaccine.

AARP SC holding COVID-19 Vaccine town hall with McMaster, health leaders

AARP SC is hosting a live, telephone town hall-style event with Gov. Henry McMaster, DHEC Director Dr. Edward Simmer and DHEC Epidemiologist Dr. Linda Bell.

VACCINE Q&A: What about homebound people who want the vaccine?

We posed this question to Cristi Renwick of the S.C. State Emergency Response Team.

VACCINE Q&A: At first-come, first-served sites, how will the second vaccination be handled?

We posed this question to Fetter Health Care Network, which is running two such clinics this week.

  State education supt. to hold briefing on teacher vaccinations

The state’s top education leader says every school district in the state is prepared to give out COVID-19 vaccines once they become available to teachers and staff.

  Thousands of vaccine-eligible S.C. residents don’t have driver’s licenses, prompting access concerns

Thousands of vaccine-eligible South Carolina residents don’t have a license and others can’t get themselves to vaccine appointments, so now some are asking the state for help.

  Senate approves $208M funding bill to improve vaccine rollout

A bill lawmakers and hospitals hope will help improve the vaccine roll out in South Carolina, in particular in rural communities, has passed the South Carolina Senate and is now heading back to the House.

Severe weather could affect SC vaccine supply, health department says

Federal officials have warned South Carolina severe weather could delay the arrival of COVID-19 vaccine shipments, the state’s Department of Health and Environmental Control said Thursday.

‘Follow the science’: Rep. Rice calls on Biden administration to reopen nation’s schools

Congressman Tom Rice is calling on President Joe Biden to “follow the science and reopen schools,” according to information from his office.

‘My feeling is relief’: Tidelands Health begins giving those 70 and older second doses of COVID-19 vaccine

Weeks after receiving their initial dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, those aged 70 and older are returning to Tidelands Health for that necessary second shot.

Myrtle Beach mayor hopes for large-scale vaccination events

Over the past several days, two mass vaccination clinics were held along the Grand Strand, and Myrtle Beach leaders are hoping to create more in the immediate future.

‘These are difficult decisions’: DHEC addresses public’s concerns on who to include in vaccine phases

The leading doctor in South Carolina’s fight against COVID-19 said she knows that the vaccine distribution process has been frustrating for many people who are waiting to see if they will be next in line.

State lawmakers hope to combat SC’s teacher shortage

The bill South Carolina senators approved Tuesday to move teachers higher up in the state’s vaccine rollout also contains an amendment designed to help fight a teacher shortage.

DHEC prepares for ‘phase-in’ return to in-person inspections at restaurants

The South Carolina Department of Health is preparing for a ‘phase-in’ return to in-person inspections at food establishments across the state.

  SC Senate passes bill to move teachers to the front of the vaccine line

State senators unanimously passed a bill Tuesday that would move teachers, school staff and daycare workers higher up in the state’s vaccine rollout.

  Advocates calling for adults with Down syndrome to get vaccinated sooner

South Carolina health officials say adults with Down syndrome are expected to be able to get vaccinated in late spring.

  Charleston County announces rural COVID vaccine program

Leaders from Charleston County and Fetter Health Care Network will announce a vaccination program designed to get the COVID-19 vaccine to rural areas of the county.

  State health department opens COVID-19 vaccine signups to people 65 and older

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control says they and Governor Henry McMaster announced South Carolinians 65 or older can begin scheduling their appointment to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

  Smokers could be eligible for COVID vaccine in Phase 1C ahead of general public

When the third of the vaccine rollout begins, people with “underlying health conditions,” including smoking, will be eligible to receive the COVID vaccine.

  Questions linger about whether pregnant women should get COVID vaccine

While many health experts recommend pregnant healthcare workers on the frontlines receive a COVID-19 vaccine, some worry about the lack of data from clinical trials related to how mothers and their unborn children may be impacted long term.

  McMaster takes to Twitter again on stand against moving teachers higher in SC vaccine priority

Gov. Henry McMaster says the state must prioritize saving lives in the COVID-19 pandemic by first protecting South Carolinians “at greatest risk of dying and those who keep them — and the rest of us — alive.”

VACCINE TEAM: What happens if I don’t get the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on time?

The vaccine takes two shots – spaced apart.

Fetter Health to host 2 Berkeley County vaccine clinics this week

The Fetter Health Care Network will host two Berkeley County COVID-19 vaccination clinics for people in Phase 1A of the rollout.

Why two long-term care facility workers had a change of heart about the COVID-19 vaccine

WBTV’s vaccine team is checking in on the progress to vaccinate long-term care staff and residents, after state leaders expressed concern over vaccine hesitancy in these groups.

‘Unethical, immoral, absolutely unacceptable:’ McMaster responds to SC teachers’ push for vaccine priority

McMaster’s statement Sunday comes following an outcry from teachers late last week.

  New SC health department director to prioritize building confidence in COVID vaccine

On his first day as the leader of the state’s health department, Dr. Edward Simmer knows he faces big challenges with the COVID-19 vaccine rollout.

VACCINE Q&A: Who is eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine right now?

As of Feb. 1, the state remained in the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control’s Phase 1A vaccine distribution.

VACCINE Q&A: Which vaccine phase will I be in?

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control continues to finalize plans for future phases of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout.

All SC school districts now working on teacher vaccine plans, state says

The South Carolina Department of Education says all of the state’s school districts have now been connected with an approved provider as they wait for teachers to be eligible for the COVID vaccine.

  Questions, confusion surround SC’s new method to determine COVID-19 prevalence rate

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control’s new method for tracking the spread of COVID-19 has raised some questions about the pervasiveness of the coronavirus in the state.

Tidelands Health’s precise methods expand COVID-19 vaccine supply

Tidelands Health officials have been able to stretch their COVID-19 vaccine supply by 20 percent by using a very precise method to ensure not a single drop is wasted.

’It doesn’t seem to be right’: Frustrations mount for those 65 and older not eligible to get vaccinated in S.C.

Right now, people 70 years old and up, as well as hospital patients 65 and older can get vaccinated.

  Vaccine clinic opening in Goose Creek

Fetter Health Care Network says they are holding a vaccine clinic in Goose Creek for those who are eligible under Phase 1-A.

DHEC leaders focused on making sure rural communities aren’t overlooked in vaccine rollout

DHEC leaders fielded questions Monday on a teleconference regarding who’s included in Phase 1A, and who are not specifically teachers.

‘We’re very concerned’: AARP SC challenges DHEC on vaccine plan

On Monday, AARP SC, along with representatives from several other organizations, urged DHEC to prioritize people 50 and older.

McMaster celebrates Prisma’s 100,000th COVID-19 vaccination

State health officials have said South Carolina will see a 16% increase in its weekly shipment of first vaccine doses from the federal government beginning this week.