The COVID-19 vaccine first arrived in South Carolina on Monday, December 14th.
The FDA-approved Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, which requires two doses that are taken 21 days apart, is currently being distributed in an effort to save lives by aiding those who are most susceptible and in close contact with the virus.
As a part of Phase 1a of the state’s vaccine distribution plan, frontline workers have begun receiving the vaccine. Between now and the end of the year, vaccines will hopefully also be available for nursing home residents and individuals in long-term care facilities.
Dr. Jane Kelly, Assistant State Epidemiologist, said South Carolina “should receive 200,000 to 300,000 doses of vaccine by the end of the year, but that depends upon several things. That also takes into consideration that the Moderna vaccine will receive emergency use authorization, which we think it will, but that’s not confirmed yet.”
In a tweet on the arrival of the vaccine to the state, Governor Henry McMaster said, “Our frontline healthcare workers have sacrificed so much for our people this year. Now, we’ve received the first shipments of the COVID-19 vaccine and medical professionals across the state will begin receiving doses soon.We are witnessing American ingenuity at its finest!”
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