Older Adults & Medical Conditions (COVID-19)

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As of Aug. 13, 2021, the CDC recommends third doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines 28 days after the second dose for immunocompromised individuals, which are people with weakened immune systems. Speak with your healthcare provider if you think you should receive a third dose.

Older adults and people who have serious underlying medical conditions, such as heart disease and diabetes, are at a higher risk of death and severe illness from COVID-19. The best way to protect yourself and others is to get fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Initially, there was a limited supply of COVID-19 vaccines in our state and across the country. Those limited number of doses were prioritized for older South Carolinians and others at high risk for exposure and illness from COVID-19. Now, there is enough vaccine available for everyone, and everyone 12 and older can get their shots. 

Adults aged 65 and older who haven't already received their vaccines should do so as soon as possible. Visit our online vaxlocator map to find a location near you to get your shot, or call our Vaccine Information Line at 1-866-365-8110 to be assisted by a phone agent. The vaccines currently available are also effective in protecting against the variants of the COVID-19 virus that are emerging in our state and across the nation. Learn more about COVID-19 variants here.

Additional Resources


Community Survey COVID-19 Statewide