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COVID-19 VACCINE: HOW CAN I GET IT?

The COVID19 vaccine is a messenger-RNA (mRNA) vaccine that has been developed by top scientists, researchers, & health care providers. Free Vectors, Stock Photos & PSD Downloads | Freepik

The COVID19 vaccine is a messenger-RNA (mRNA) vaccine that has been developed by top scientists, researchers, & health care providers.
Free Vectors, Stock Photos & PSD Downloads | Freepik

What Vaccines Are Available?

Pfizer Vaccine

This vaccine has a recommended time frame of 21 days between shot 1 and shot 2. However, if individuals contract COVID-19 between shots 1 and 2, it is recommended they receive shot 2 after the necessary quarantine period (14 days).

The Pfizer vaccine is currently being distributed at various hospitals and health care systems across the state. In the Upstate, Prisma Health-Upstate, Bon Secours Healthcare System, and Spartanburg Regional are all distributing it. To make an appointment, visit their website or call their listed number.

Prisma Health-Upstate

Bon Secours Healthcare System

Spartanburg Regional

Lexington Medical Center

Prisma Health-Midlands

Roper-St.Francis Healthcare

Tidelands Health

Moderna Vaccine

The Moderna vaccine has a recommended time frame of 28 days between shot 1 and shot 2. However, if individuals contract COVID-19 between shots 1 and 2, it is recommended they receive shot 2 after the necessary quarantine period(14 days).

Moderna is currently being distributed by CVS and Walgreens, with long-term care facilities receiving their available doses as a part of Moderna’s Long-Term Care Pharmacy Partnership (LTCF). The Moderna vaccine is also available at other health care facilities.

Where Can I Get The Vaccine?

SCDHEC provides an interactive map that allows individuals to see where vaccines and vaccination appointments are currently available within the state. To find a vaccination appointment near you, visit: SC DHEC Locations Accepting Appointments for Phase 1a COVID-19 Vaccines.

Who Can Receive the Vaccines? (as of Jan. 2021)

South Carolina is in Phase 1a of vaccine distribution. This means that the following individuals are eligible to receive the vaccines:

  • Frontline workers (i.e., physicians, nurses, etc.)
  • Hospitalized, non-COVID patients age 65+
  • Long-term care facility residents and staff
  • Individuals aged 70+ regardless of health status or pre-existing conditions

All other individuals will be notified about eligibility as the federal government provides guidance on vaccination requirements for their respective populations.

What Phase Can I Get the Vaccine?

  • Phase 1b – Individuals in Phase 1b are expected to receive the vaccine in early Spring 2021. These eligible individuals include firefighters, law enforcement officers, USPS, those in the educational sector, and other frontline essential workers.
  • Phase 1c – Individuals in Phase 1c are expected to receive the vaccine in late Spring 2021. These eligible individuals include all individuals 65 years and older, people 16 years and older with certain underlying health conditions, and other essential workers.
  • Phase 2 – Individuals in Phase 2 are expected to receive the vaccine in Summer and Fall 2021. These eligible individuals include ALL people who wish to be vaccinated.

All of these expected time frames are subject to change due to vaccine availability, demand, and provider participation.

For any questions and a complete list of eligible individuals in each phase, visit SC DHEC COVID-19 Vaccine Flow in South Carolina.

For more information, see Questions about COVID19 vaccines? Get the facts.

Sources:

  1. 8 Things to Know about the US COVID-19 Vaccination Program. (2021, January 5). COVID-19. Retrieved January 22, 2021
  2. COVID-19 Vaccine. (2021, January 29). dhec. Retrieved January 27, 2021

If this document didn’t answer your questions, please contact HGIC at hgic@clemson.edu or 1-888-656-9988.

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