COVID-19 Vaccine

April 16, 2021  
This page will be updated regularly as information becomes available. 

English | Español

 

 

 

FAQsVaccine Updates Vaccination Dashboard Allocations

Currently, all South Carolinians age 16 and older can get their COVID-19 vaccine.

South Carolina's phased approach to its COVID-19 vaccine rollout was focused on saving lives, which is why those most at risk for severe illness and death were prioritized to receive vaccine first. With more and more vaccine becoming available and more and more people receiving their shots, South Carolina is now able to open vaccines to anyone 16 and older.

School and childcare staff are eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations

As of March 2, 2021, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has directed that those who work in pre-primary, primary, and secondary schools, as well as Head Start and Early Head Start programs (including teachers, staff, and bus drivers) and those who work as or for licensed child care providers, including center-based and family care providers, are eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations. On March 4, 2021, DHEC sent a letter outlining this important update to the state's COVID-19 vaccine providers.

Beginning March 8, appointments to get the COVID-19 vaccine can be made by people in Phase 1b.

Phase 1b includes:

  • Anyone aged 55 and up
  • People with increased risk for severe COVID-19 disease
    • People aged 16-54 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 severe high-risk disability that makes developing severe life-threatening illness or death from COVID-19 infection more likely
  • Frontline workers with increased occupational risk
    • Frontline workers with increased occupational risk are people who:
      • 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 than6 feet) and ongoing (more than 15 minutes) contact with others in the work environment
        • A person's eligibility for a COVID-19 vaccine isn't based on a specific job or work sector. If a person decides that they meet job risk using the criteria above, they are eligible.
        • Some examples of people who may be frontline workers based on risk may include school staff and daycare workers, criminal justice staff, government employees, manufacturing workers, grocery store workers, and law enforcement officers.
  • 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

Estimated Population of Phase 1b: Approximately 2.7 million

Phase 1c, which included anyone aged 45 and up and remaining essential workers, was initially planned to begin April 12, 2021. Due to the announcement of Phase 2 beginning March 31, 2021, Phase 1c is no longer necessary.

School and childcare staff are eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations

As of March 2, 2021, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has directed that those who work in pre-primary, primary, and secondary schools, as well as Head Start and Early Head Start programs (including teachers, staff, and bus drivers) and those who work as or for licensed child care providers, including center-based and family care providers, are eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations. On March 4, 2021, DHEC sent a letter outlining this important update to the state's COVID-19 vaccine providers.

Phase 1a mission-critical workers and individuals include:

  • 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

Estimated Population of Phase 1a: 1,296,246

Contact Us

  • For questions relating to...
    COVID-19 provider enrollment, please email: COVIDproviderenrollment@dhec.sc.gov
  • If you are an immunization provider with questions related to the...
    Vaccine Administration Management System, please email: VAMS@dhec.sc.gov

Tags

Care Line Vaccinations