Any resident of the state age 65 or older will be eligible for the vaccine, regardless of health status or prerequisites.
COLUMBIA, SC — South Carolina is lowering the age at which people can receive the COVID-19 vaccine to 65, expanding who can access treatment and following what some other states have already started doing.
South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster announced Wednesday that beginning Monday, Feb. 8, any state resident 65 or older can get vaccinated, regardless of health status or prerequisites. .
“We have a moral and ethical duty to first vaccinate those South Carolinians who are at the greatest risk of dying from the virus,” Gov. Henry McMaster said in a statement. “Right now to put a younger person between an older person and what could be their knockout blow would be unconscionable and irresponsible. Today’s action will save lives and allow our teachers to be vaccinated afterwards.
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The DHEC online tool on scdhec.gov/vaxlocator shows locations currently accepting appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine and provides contact information for scheduling appointments at those locations. DHEC also has an information line that people can call at 1-866-365-8110 Service is available 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week
The CDC recommends people over 65 get the shot, and some other states have allowed it for several weeks.
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“As we assess supply versus demand and the rate of vaccines entering the state increases, we believe it is appropriate to begin scheduling appointments for other South Carolinas,” said DHEC Acting Director Marshall Taylor. “Although every South Carolina has the opportunity to get vaccinated, it is important to understand that vaccine availability is limited in South Carolina, as in all states. To best protect the safety and health of all South Carolina residents, we must ensure that those most at risk of serious illness and death are vaccinated first. »
The SCDHEC says 81.7% of all COVID-19 deaths in the state are people aged 65 or older. The average age of a COVID-related death is 75.
- Beginning Monday, February 8, any South Carolina resident age 65 or older can schedule an appointment to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
- The risk of serious illness from COVID-19 increases with age, with the elderly being most at risk.
- Residents will be asked to provide a driver’s license or other identification during their appointment that confirms their age and, therefore, their eligibility to receive the vaccine.
- South Carolinas eligible to receive the vaccine can schedule an appointment at a location that accepts appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine. The scdhec.gov/vaxlocator can be used to find these locations and get contact information to schedule appointments at these locations. People can also call DHEC’s COVID-19 Vaccine Information Line at 1-866-365-8110 for help finding vaccine providers and their contact information for scheduling appointments.
- COVID-19 is still at high levels in South Carolina. Wear a face mask, stay six feet away from others, avoid crowds, and get tested often.