When and where can I get the COVID-19 vaccine in SC?

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What Phase am I in?

According to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, all time estimates are subject to change due to vaccine availability and demand. All of the following information is from DHEC’s website.

Phase 1A mission-critical workers and individuals and 65+ (Current – Feb.):

  • 70+ year olds, regardless of health status or preexisting conditions
  • 65+ year olds, regardless of health status or preexisting conditions (Beginning Feb. 8)
  • Anesthesiology assistants, registered cardiovascular invasive specialists, and operating room staff 
  • Athletic Trainers 
  • American Sign Language (ASL) and other interpreters in healthcare facilities 
  • Autopsy room staff, coroners, embalmers, and funeral home staff at risk of exposure to bodily fluids 
  • Chiropractors 
  • Dentists and dental hygienists and technicians 
  • Dietary and food services staff in healthcare facilities 
  • Environmental services staff in healthcare facilities 
  • Harbor pilots 
  • Home caregivers for children who have a tracheostomy, are ventilator-dependent or who have a Medically Complex Children’s Waiver. The Medically Complex Children’s Waiver (MCC) is a statewide program to serve children who meet either Nursing Facility or Intermediate Care Facility-Intellectually Disabled level of care and medical criteria. Requires a medical provider’s signed attestation to confirm caregiver meets criteria.
  • Home health and hospice workers 
  • Hospital transport personnel 
  • Hospital inpatients 65 and older 
  • Laboratory personnel and phlebotomists 
  • Licensed dietitians 
  • Long-Term Care Facility (LTCF) residents and staff 
  • Medical assistants 
  • Medical first responders (paid and volunteer): EMS; fire department and law enforcement personnel who provide emergency medical care 
  • Nurses, nurse practitioners, and nurse’s aides/ assistants 
  • Opticians and optometrists and assistants/ technicians 
  • Persons providing medical care in correctional facilities and correctional officers 
  • Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians 
  • Physical and occupational therapists and assistants 
  • Physicians, including medical house staff (i.e., interns, residents, fellows), and physician assistants 
  • Podiatrists 
  • Public health healthcare workers who are frequently interacting with persons with potential COVID-19 infection 
  • Radiology technicians 
  • Respiratory care practitioners, such as respiratory therapists 
  • Speech language pathologists and assistants and audiologists 
  • State/local government employees and their contractors who are mission-critical for maintaining operations of COVID-19 vaccinations and testing in SC 
  • Students and interns of the above categories

Phase 1B (Beginning March 8):

Officials announced Phase 1B will begin on March 8, and the following people will be able to register to receive the vaccine:

  • Anyone aged 55+
  • People with increased risk for severe COVID-19 disease
    • People aged 16-64 with one or more of the following high-risk medical conditions:
      • Cancer (current, not a history of cancer), chronic kidney disease (any stage), chronic lung disease, diabetes (Type 1 and Type 2), Down syndrome, heart disease (congestive heart disease, coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathy, pulmonary hypertension), HIV/AIDS, solid organ transplant, obesity (BMI>30), pregnancy, sickle cell disease
    • People who have a developmental or other sever high-risk disability that makes developing severe life-threatening illness or death from COVID-19 infection more likely
  • Frontline workers with increased occupational risk
    • Must be in-person at their place of work, and
    • Perform a job that puts them at increased risk of exposure due to their frequent, close (less than 6 feet) and ongoing (more than 15 minutes) contact with others in the work environment
      • (Examples of frontline workers include, but are not limited to, school staff and daycare workers, manufacturing workers, grocery store workers, law enforcement officers, etc.)
  • Individuals at increased risk in settings where people are living and working in close contact
    • Residents and workers in group home settings for the mentally or physically disabled or those with behavioral or substance abuse conditions
    • Workers and residents in homeless shelters
    • Workers and residents in community training homes
    • State and local correctional facility staff with direct inmate contact
    • Correctional and immigration detention facility inmates
    • Migrant farmworkers living in shared housing or reliant on shared transportation
  • All workers in healthcare and community health settings who have routine, direct patient contact and were not vaccinated in Phase 1A

Phase 1C (April):

DHEC anticipates Phase 1C will begin on approximately April 12.

Phase 1C will include:

  • People aged 45+
  • Essential workers
    • This group includes those who work in essential job categories as defined by the Center for Disease Prevention and Control who are not included in Phase 1B because they do not have frequent, close contact with others in the work environment (examples may include construction workers, delivery drivers, utility workers, etc. who do not have frequent, close and ongoing contact with others).

Phase 2 (May):

Phase 2 is expected to begin on approximately May 3. Phase 2 will include:

  • All South Carolinians aged 16+

Where can I get the vaccine?

Help Lines

DHEC launched a COVID-19 Vaccine Information Line in January to help answer questions about the COVID-19 vaccines.

To reach the COVID-19 Vaccine Information Line, call 1-866-365-8110 between 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

DHEC also has a Care Line to help answer general questions about COVID-19, testing, or who need to schedule an appointment at a DHEC health department for SC STRONG appointments, family planning, well-child check-ups, WIC services, HIV/STD screening, and other health department services.

To reach the Care Line, call 1-855-472-3432 between 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

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