FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
December 22, 2020
COLOMBIA, South Carolina – The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control today provided the following update on the COVID-19 vaccine:
- From December 14 to 16, South Carolina received its first COVID-19 vaccine allocation: a total of 42,900 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine were received by direct shipments from the federal government. By early afternoon, 19,644 doses of vaccine had been administered to phase 1a individuals, with injections continuing to be administered daily.
- This week, South Carolina receives its second round of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines. Fifteen health facilities receive a total of 30,225 doses of vaccine to continue administering to phase 1a individuals.
- The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) released its recommendations on December 20 for people in phase 1b. The South Carolina Vaccine Advisory Committee is using these federal guidelines to supplement the South Carolina Phase 1b guidelines, which will be provided as soon as they are finalized.
- Those phase 1a individuals who received their Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine will need a second injection 21 days later. Their second injection will come from a future vaccine allocation that is specifically held by the federal government as a second dose for these individuals, to ensure that they receive the two required doses.
- Any Moderna vaccine made available to South Carolina will be allocated to the CDC Long Term Care Program. This federal program works with CVS and Walgreens pharmacies to provide vaccines to long-term care facilities in a state. DHEC has a limited role in this federal program, other than dedicating doses from South Carolina’s vaccine allotment to the program.
- It is expected that CVS and Walgreens will begin vaccinating long-term care facilities in South Carolina with the Moderna vaccine starting the week of December 28. DHEC has been advised that skilled nursing facilities will be the first type of long-term care facilities vaccinated by this federal program. Dr. Brannon Traxler, Acting Director of Public Health, provided additional information on this federal long-term care facility program during a media update friday.
- We continue to expect South Carolina to receive between 200,000 and 300,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine, both Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, by the end of the year, however, this estimate is subject to change.
DHEC will continue to provide regular updates on the COVID-19 vaccine in South Carolina. A new data element is under development that will provide vaccine-specific data reports on the COVID-19 webpage, and it is expected to be available on the website in early January. For current vaccine information, visit scdhec.gov/vaxfacts.
South Carolina Daily Update on COVID-19 (December 22, 2020)
DHEC today announced the following COVID-19 updates. As a reminder, DHEC will not release daily COVID-19 numbers on Christmas Day or New Year’s Day. Data that would be reported on December 25 and January 1 will be available online the next day.
We encourage all people in South Carolina to safely celebrate this holiday season and to remember the importance of mental and emotional health. It is important to take breaks from watching, reading or listening to the news and social media, and to take time to relax. DHEC and the South Carolina Department of Mental Health provide several resources to deal with the prolonged stress of this public health crisis.
Today’s cases and deaths (scdhec.gov/COVID19)
Running totals (scdhec.gov/COVID19)
- Confirmed and probable cases: 257,340 / 20,715
- Confirmed and probable deaths: 4,602/374
- Tests carried out for the South Carolinians: 3,370,118
Test possibilities (scdhec.gov/findest)
- Testing opportunities available statewide: 321
Positive percentage (scdhec.gov/COVID19 dashboard)
- 11,356 new individual test results reported statewide (not including antibody tests)
- 18.1% percent positive
The above information along with detailed reports on county level information, demographics and more are available at scdhec.gov/COVID19. The site is updated between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on weekends. Visit scdhec.gov/COVID19vaccine for the latest vaccine information.
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