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  Clinics look to minimize vaccine wastage

As demand for a COVID-19 vaccine wanes, clinics are taking extra precautions to prevent any unused doses from spoiling.

  McMaster requests end to federal pandemic unemployment benefit programs

  MUSC sets timeline for COVID-19 vaccine trial on children

  Doctors, families anticipate COVID-19 vaccine expansion to children 12 and up

Roper opening more vaccine locations as coliseum drive-thru closes

  Fetter Health hosting first J&J vaccine clinic since FDA pause

Multiple vaccine clinics organized in the Lowcountry

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  SC health, school leaders: ‘Stay the course’ despite governor’s calls to lift mask orders

McMaster on mask requirement in schools: ‘It’s a height of ridiculosity’

Walk-in vaccine sites organized in the Lowcountry

  Advocates hoping to get more members of minority communities vaccinated

West Virginia offers $100 savings bond to younger adults who get COVID-19 vaccine

CDC says vaccine guidance for pregnant people has not changed despite director’s comments

  Charleston County demonstrators protest mandatory school mask rule

A group of parents and community members demanded an end of a mandatory mask rule in schools.

  Graham: Those who are vaccinated ‘are pretty much good to go’

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham urged people to get the COVID-19 vaccine after touring a vaccine clinic in North Charleston Monday.

  Database tracking side effects to COVID-19 vaccine

If you think you have had a reaction to the COVID-19 vaccine, hospitals in the Lowcountry say reporting this to a national website is vital for health officials.

DHEC says vaccine providers can now administer J&J vaccine

Officials with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control said Friday night that state providers can now administer the Johnson and Johnson vaccine after the CDC and FDA lifted a pause on the use of the vaccine.

  MUSC Health requiring care team members, leaders to get COVID vaccination

  CDC investigating Oregon woman’s death after J&J vaccine

Health officials anticipate drop in vaccine enthusiasm

Charleston VA hospital expands vaccine eligibility

  Vaccine clinics scheduled across the Lowcountry

  Charleston Co. schools releases vaccination plans

  Dorchester Dist. 2 schools working on end-of-year celebrations, some proms still undecided

Some students and families in Dorchester District Two are still awaiting word on if they will have a prom and other year-end celebrations while the district works with principals to make plans.

SC governor, first lady receive COVID-19 vaccines

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster and his wife received the first dose of their COVID-19 vaccine Monday.

  FBI warns against making or buying fake COVID-19 vaccination cards

If you either make or purchase a fake COVID-19 vaccination record card, the FBI warns, you could be breaking the law.

  Hundreds of College of Charleston Students Get First COVID-19 Vaccine Doses on Campus

Hundreds of College of Charleston students rolled up their sleeves Wednesday to get their first COVID-19 vaccine doses thanks to a partnership with the state’s Department of Health and Environmental Control.

  ‘Young, healthy’ South Mississippi man suffers stroke hours after receiving J&J vaccine

When the news broke about the pause of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine Tuesday, one Coast family was already living with a tragedy they believe was caused by the vaccine.

  Tidelands Health partners with Georgetown NAACP to encourage COVID-19 vaccination

The Georgetown NAACP hopes a grassroots approach to community outreach and a partnership with Tidelands Health will convince people to make their COVID-19 vaccine appointment.

  Healthcare workers administering vaccines across the Lowcountry

Multiple Lowcountry healthcare organizations are hosting COVID-19 vaccination clinics.

  Rural vaccination plans threatened by Johnson & Johnson vaccine pause

The request to pause Johnson and Johnson vaccinations could dampen efforts to reach herd immunity especially in rural communities where access to physical vaccination sites is more limited.

  SC health department pauses use of J&J vaccine

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control confirmed Tuesday morning it is pausing the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.

  Walk-in vaccine clinic hosted in North Charleston

Fetter Health Care Network says it will partner with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control to host a free COVID-19 vaccination clinic.

  Side effects from COVID vaccine could depend on age, manufacturer and dose

According to the Food and Drug Administration, all three vaccines can bring mild to moderate side effects. Those include pain at the injection site, fatigue, headaches, muscle pain and chills.

  155 breakthrough COVID-19 cases reported in SC: What are they?

A fraction of one percent of people who are fully immunized after getting COVID-19 vaccine still end up contracting the virus.

‘I’m very concerned’: Advocates react to low vaccination rate of Hispanic and Latino communities in SC

Guimaraes said part of the hesitancy stems from misinformation and misconceptions about the vaccine.

COVID-19 vaccine clinics scheduled in the Lowcountry

Two COVID-19 vaccine clinics have been scheduled in the Lowcountry for Sunday.

Janssen weekly vaccine allocation to drop by 88% next week for South Carolina

The week of April 5, South Carolina was allocated 73,500 doses, while on the 12th it will receive 8,700.

  Probable COVID-19 case counts triple in SC; state health officials blame more antigen testing options

The number of probable COVID-19 cases has increased in South Carolina in recent weeks, and state health officials believe this is due to more antigen tests being done.

  COVID Arm vs. severe allergic reaction to vaccine

Have you heard of COVID Arm?The condition doesn’t have anything to do with contacting the COVID virus; it refers to a red, itchy, swollen and sometimes painful rash that can develop on your arm where you get a COVID 19 vaccine.

  Clyburn encourages rural S.C. residents to get COVID-19 vaccine

Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) visited a rural COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Yemassee Thursday, one of eight his office announced last week in an effort to help residents far from cities get the shot.

  Treatment available for loss of taste and smell from COVID-19

Doctors at ENT and Allergy Partners in the Lowcountry say they are seeing more people seeking treatment after losing their smell and taste from COVID-19. The practice is formally known as Charleston ENT and Allergy.

Governments, politicians debate vaccine passport requirements

The idea of vaccine passports — a form of proof that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 — has already become controversial, as local government and businesses consider whether to require them

Charleston County leads state in number of COVID-19 vaccine doses given

The latest data from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control shows more COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in Charleston County than in any of the state’s other 45 counties.

  S.C. ‘pulse survey’ results show over 80% of respondents plan to take COVID-19 vaccine

On March 31, S.C. opened up vaccine eligibility to everyone aged 16 and older.

CDC awards SC COVID-19 vaccine program expansion over $47 million

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says they have awarded South Carolina $47,187,039 to support local efforts to increase vaccine uptake.

  McMaster sued over order bringing all remaining S.C. state employees back to the workplace

At issue is McMaster’s March 5 order that advised state agencies to “immediately expedite” the return of non-essential state employees to in-person work.

  Fetter Health hosts Edisto vaccination clinic, deputies give rides

Fetter Health Care will be administering the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine on Edisto Island.

  DHEC epidemiologist: Another COVID-19 surge in SC is a ‘top concern’

After a couple months of a steady decline in new COVID-19 cases, deaths, and hospitalizations in South Carolina, a state health leader is concerned this trend might be changing.

  Columbia Place Mall to become mass vaccination site, White House says

The site will be able to give out about 1,000 COVID-19 vaccines a day, officials said.

8 vaccination sites coming to rural South Carolina

U.S. House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn and officials with the state Department of Health and Environmental Control say the sites in Hampton, Allendale and Bamberg counties will be free and open to anyone 18 years or older.

  Health officials urging South Carolinians to continue steps to avoid spreading COVID-19

With Easter just days away, health officials are urging South Carolinians who get together with their loved ones this weekend to continue taking steps to avoid spreading COVID-19.

  SC Superintendent doesn’t think COVID vaccine will ever be required for students

State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman said she doesn’t think a COVID-19 vaccine will ever be required for South Carolina students.

  More than a third of South Carolinians have received at least one COVID vaccine

More than two million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been put into people’s arms in South Carolina, according to the state Department of Health and Environmental Control.

  MUSC vaccinates residents in rural Berkeley County

The Medical University of South Carolina administered around 260 vaccines in the rural community of Saint Stephen Thursday night.

  State lab sequencing to find COVID-19 variants

While COVID-19 variants are still being detected in South Carolina, the majority of samples sequenced here are still the original strain of SARS-CoV-2, according to the state health department.

More than 2 million COVID-19 vaccines given in South Carolina

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control said as of Thursday a total of 2,034,077 doses have been given statewide with 1,289,672 South Carolina residents having received at least one dose of vaccine.

  Fetter Health vaccinates around 1,500 with Johnson and Johnson vaccine

The CEO of Fetter Health Care, Aretha Powers, says she expects they will get through about 1,500 people over the course of the clinic. Powers says the walk-up clinics are incredibly popular, especially with men, who she says statistically are not as responsive when it comes to healthcare.

  Tidelands Health set to reach 50K dose milestone

Officials with Tidelands Health expected to give its 50,000th dose of the COVID-19 vaccine Thursday.

  More people seek one-dose COVID-19 vaccine, Fetter Health says

Fetter Health Care Network officials say they are seeing a rising demand for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine over other types.

  SC proposal would bar employers from requiring COVID vaccine

South Carolina lawmakers are considering a proposal to prevent employers from mandating COVID-19 vaccines for workers.

Conway woman battling long-term COVID-19 symptoms despite beating virus, getting vaccinated

She hopes sharing her journey will encourage more people to continue to take this deadly pandemic seriously.

MUSC: South Carolina in holding pattern as COVID-19 cases blow up elsewhere

Officials with the Medical University of South Carolina said the state is in a “holding pattern” when it comes to COVID-19 cases while other states are seeing much bigger increases.

  SC State to resume traditional instruction in Fall

South Carolina State University says classes will be back to normal for the fall 2021 semester.

  SC opens vaccines to those 16 and older

South Carolina has opened its vaccine eligibility to anyone age 16-and-older and hospitals are ramping up efforts to accommodate the influx of people making appointments.

  Fetter Health hosting massive Walterboro vaccine clinic

Fetter Health Care Clinic says they are expecting to serve 1,500 people in Colleton County.

  Lowcountry healthcare providers expanding access to vaccines

As the state prepares to open up vaccinations to anyone over 16, health care providers say they’re expanding hours to accommodate the surge in those seeking the vaccine.

  Restaurant group bringing vaccines to employees

A restaurant company in downtown Charleston is helping hundreds of local food and beverage workers get vaccinated.

  Shelter looking to vaccinate Charleston homeless population

One80 Place is a homeless shelter in downtown Charleston and they are encouraging their clients to get vaccinated.

Gov. McMaster expands COVID vaccination eligibility

Governor Henry McMaster has expanded vaccine eligibility to anyone 16-and-older.

  Fact or Fiction: Blood donations after getting your COVID-19 vaccine

Leaders with the South Carolina American Red Cross say getting a coronavirus vaccine does not largely impact when someone can give blood.

Fetter Health announces upcoming COVID-19 vaccine clinics in the Lowcountry

Fetter says the clinics will be first-come, first-serve and no appointment is necessary.

  Hospitals and clinics prepare as COVID-19 vaccine opens to 16 and up

Anyone aged 16 and older will be eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine starting Wednesday, March 31. Gov. Henry McMaster made the announcement on Friday, skipping the rest of the phased approach planned by DHEC.

DHEC: South Carolina set to receive over 160,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses next week

South Carolina is set to see a big increase in COVID-19 vaccine doses next week, just as the state opens up eligibility to adults 16 and over.

  COVID shot could cause reaction in people who get Botox

The FDA has come out and said people who get a certain procedure should be aware they could have some unwanted side-effects with a COVID vaccine.

  SC governor set to give vaccine eligibility update ‘very soon’

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster is expected to provide an update on eligibility for the COVID-19 “very soon,” according to his spokesman.

  As SC’s COVID numbers improve, young people try to live in the moment

Two key indicators of how South Carolina is doing in the fight against COVID-19 are trending downward.

  SC health centers to receive $95M in funding for COVID-19 response

South Carolina community health centers will receive additional funding to support COVID-19 vaccinations and services for vulnerable populations.

  Vaccine clinic to offer 2nd dose, single-dose shots on James Island

Fetter Health Care Network is hosting a two-part vaccination clinic Thursday on James Island.

  Hundreds in SC overdue for second COVID-19 vaccine shots

Hundreds of people in our state our overdue for their second dose of one of the coronavirus vaccines, according to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.

  North Charleston VA holding walk-in vaccine clinic for veterans

The North Charleston Ralph H. Johnson Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic is holding a walk-in vaccination clinic for veterans.