COVID-19 Vaccine Information for the District 7 Community

  • COVID-19 vaccine roll-out plans are continuing to move forward in the state of South Carolina. On Tuesday, January 6 the Department of Education announced some good news for teachers and school staff. That news was that educators and support staff will be included in Phase 1b, the next phase of vaccinations. The South Carolina Department of Education estimates roughly 100,000 individuals to be eligible to receive the vaccine as part of Phase 1b. That’s roughly 60,000 teachers and 40,000 support staff who could have the option to become vaccinated. 

    The vaccine for all of the state’s education employee sector will not be a requirement but done through a voluntary opportunity basis. 

    Phase 1a, which includes school nurses, athletic trainers, physical and occupational therapists and assistants, speech language pathologists and assistants, and audiologists begins January 15th. DHEC believes Phase 1b will begin in the next couple of months. 

    Governor Henry McMaster and SCDHEC officials announced starting Monday February 8th, South Carolina residents aged 65 and older will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine if they so choose. We have a moral and ethical duty to first vaccinate the South Carolinians who are at the highest risk of dying from the virus.

    • Beginning Monday, February 8th, those 65 and older can begin to schedule appointments to receive COVID-19 vaccinations at locations currently accepting vaccine appointments.
    • Individuals eligible to receive vaccine can schedule an appointment using this online resource, which currently includes several major hospitals, seven DHEC sites, a DHEC mobile clinic, and 12 Doctor’s Cares locations. An additional 50 locations will be added to this list and available to provide vaccine by the beginning of next week. 
    • Individuals can also call the DHEC Care Line at 1-855-472-3432 for assistance with scheduling an appointment.

    As for students receiving the vaccine, as of now, the FDA has not given a clearance for those 16 years and under to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.  For more on the COVID-19 vaccine, visit SCDHEC's webpage here.  

SRHS Chief Medical Officer Chris Lombardozzi answers questions about the COVID vaccine

  • We appreciate and thank the entire team at the Spartaburg Regional Healthcare System who is working so hard to keep us well and safe. We invite you to discover Spartanburg Regional Healthcare’s YouTube Channel, a central hub for the latest coronavirus vaccine and research information. Should I get the COVID-19 vaccine if I have already had COVID? Are they safe? Do they work? Chief Medical Officer Chris Lombardozzi, MD, answers some of the most pressing questions about the COVID vaccine. 

    You can view this video by chapters and topic questions.

What Phase am I in?

  • SCDHEC's top priority is to save lives. Everyone will have a chance to get the vaccine. However, the number of doses is currently limited in South Carolina like in all states. We ask everyone to please be patient, learn what phase you’re in and follow the guidance of our public health officials. This will allow public health officials to ensure those at highest risk and those who keep us alive are vaccinated first.

    To support this effort, vaccine distribution is occurring in a phased approach. The following outline provides an overview of the anticipated categories and time for each phase. This is subject to change at any time for many reasons, such as a change in federal guidance or in the VAC’s recommendations for South Carolina.

    Vist SCDEC's information page for up to date information. 


    Phase 1a and 65+  (Currently Ongoing)

    Hospital Vaccine Information & Scheduling (SCHA)

    Scheduling an appointment

    Beginning Monday, February 8, any South Carolina resident aged 65 or older, regardless of health status or preexisting conditions, can begin scheduling their appointment to receive COVID-19 vaccine. A map with current locations accepting vaccine appointments will be available at scdhec.gov/vaxlocator .

    Individuals making appointments may need to present credentials to verify they qualify to receive vaccination under Phase 1a. This includes providing some proof (e.g., badge, card, license, personalized letter from employer, picture of license) of Phase 1a qualification when presenting for the vaccination.

    Phase 1a includes:

    • Healthcare workers
      • Initial focus on frontline healthcare workers at high risk of exposure and mission-critical to the overarching goal of preventing death
      • Healthcare workers and medical staff can use SCHA's list of hospital contact information to schedule their vaccines.
    • Residents and staff of long-term care facilities
    • Admitted hospital patients, who are aged 65 years and older, as long as they do not currently have COVID-19 and a provider feels it is indicated for them
    • Anyone 65 years and older, regardless of health status or preexisting conditions
    • State/local government employees and their contractors who are mission-critical for maintaining operations of COVID-19 vaccinations and testing in SC

    Phase 1b (Late Winter 2021)

    *All time estimates are subject to change due to vaccine availability, demand, and provider participation.

    Phase 1b includes:

    • Frontline essential workers
      • Sectors included by ACIP: firefighters, law enforcement officers, corrections officers, food and agricultural workers, USPS workers, manufacturing workers, grocery store workers, public transit workers, and those who work in the educational sector—teachers, support staff, and daycare workers

    Phase 1c (Early Spring 2021)

    *All time estimates are subject to change due to vaccine availability, demand, and provider participation.

    Phase 1c includes:

    • All people aged 65 and older
    • People aged 16 and older with certain underlying health conditions that puts them at high risk for severe disease (list by CDC)
    • Other essential workers 
      • Examples included by ACIP: people who work in transportation and logistics, food service, housing construction and finance, information technology, communications, energy, law, media, public safety, and public health staff who are non-frontline healthcare workers

    Phase 2 (Late Spring-Fall 2021)

    *All time estimates are subject to change due to vaccine availability, demand, and provider participation.

    Phase 2 includes:

    • ALL people who wish to be vaccinated 
      • Ages per recommendations by ACIP

    Phase 2 vaccinations are anticipated to begin in late Spring 2021, with the vaccines expected to become available for the general public during the summer and fall of 2021.


    What Should I Do Now?

    Everyone in our state who wants to be vaccinated will get their turn. We call on all South Carolinians to step up by stepping back until it is their turn in the plan and to continue to stand together to fight this disease by taking small steps that make a big difference:

    • Wearing your mask
    • Getting tested and staying home when you’re sick
    • Avoiding large gatherings
    • Practicing physical distancing

COVID-19 Vaccine Flow in SC

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