Monday, November 23, 2020
This page will be updated regularly as information becomes available.
Immunization with a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine is a critical component of the United States’ strategy to reduce COVID-19-related illnesses, hospitalizations, and deaths and to help put an end to the pandemic.
This webpage is a key resource for providing COVID-19 vaccine information in South Carolina and is updated regularly to provide the most current and factual information available.
The federal government has stated its goal is to have enough COVID-19 vaccine for all people who wish to be vaccinated. However, in the initial stages of the national COVID-19 Vaccination Program, there will be a limited supply of the vaccine.
In South Carolina, DHEC; the South Carolina Emergency Management Division; South Carolina Hospital Association; National Guard; South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division; Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation; and other public and private sector partners worked closely to develop South Carolina’s COVID-19 vaccination plan. The overarching goal of this vaccination plan is the equitable distribution of the vaccine across the state, based on the most current federal guidance and recommendations.
On October 16, 2020, South Carolina submitted its COVID-19 Vaccination Plan to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Read the plan by clicking below.
COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions
Currently, there is limited information about the COVID-19 vaccine. South Carolina, like other states, is awaiting a time frame and further reports from the federal government about progress with vaccine development. We will continue to update this information as often as possible to provide the most factual and current information possible for South Carolinians. Click below to view frequently asked questions. A downloadable and printable version of the most common FAQs are available here for public use.
COVID-19 Vaccine Federal Resources and Information
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Operation Warp Speed (HHS)
- Strategy for Distributing a COVID-19 Vaccine
- NEW: Vaccine Storage and Handling Toolkit (November 20, 2020)
- COVID-19 Vaccination Program Interim Playbook
- NEW: CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Playbook Supplement No. 1 (November 20, 2020)
- CDC: 8 Things to Know about Vaccine Planning
COVID-19 & Flu Vaccine Videos
As we await additional information about the COVID-19 vaccine, it's essential that all South Carolinians take their wellbeing seriously and take proactive steps to protect their health. This includes:
- getting your flu shot
- making sure you and your children are up to date on routine vaccinations
- talking about health questions or concerns with your doctor, or finding a new doctor if you don't already have one
- continuing to help South Carolina fight COVID-19 by practicing disease prevention methods like wearing a mask, socially distancing, and getting tested
- taking care of your mental and emotional health as well