How to Schedule Your Covid-19 Vaccination in Greenville and Upstate South Carolina

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A number of our readers have reported issues in finding resources that enable them to schedule an appointment to receive their Covid-19 vaccination. Here are resources to make it easier to schedule you Covid-19 vaccine appointment.

Points to remember regarding the Covid-19 Vaccine

Healthcare workers, anyone 70 years and older, and state/local government employees and contractors who perform COVID-19 vaccinations and testing in SC can make appointments to get a vaccine. South Carolina, like all states, currently has limited supply of COVID-19 vaccine. Some locations that offer vaccine may not have an appointment available for several weeks, depending on their vaccine supply. Facilities receive doses of vaccine each week from the federal government. However, you can and should schedule your vaccination appointment now.

Am I Eligible to get the Covid-19 Vaccine?

Schedule with Healthcare and Community Providers

Ingles is scheduling people for vaccinations.

Publix to offer COVID-19 vaccines in South Carolina

Select Publix stores in South Carolina will begin appointment-only vaccinations for COVID-19. Starting Tuesday, January 19 after 6:00 a.m., eligible customers can access COVID-19 vaccine appointment availability beginning Wednesday, January 20. Sign up now.

DHEC has provided two great resources to assist South Carolinia residents in scheduling a vaccine:

  1. Using scdhec.gov/vaxlocator to see locations accepting appointments for COVID-19 vaccine. Pick a location and call the phone number listed to make an appointment. The map itself is not a way to schedule an appointment.
  2. Calling DHEC’s Care Line at 1-855-472-3432 for help finding contact information you need to make an appointment. The Care Line can’t schedule an appointment but can give you phone numbers for locations you can call to make an appointment.

Vaccine Eligibility

Phase 1a and 70+ (Currently Ongoing)

Beginning Wednesday, Jan. 13, any South Carolina resident aged 70 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 beginning Wednesday, Jan 13.

Employers are encouraged to reach out to their local hospitals as soon as possible and no later than Jan. 15, 2021, with a list of names and contact information of employees who want to be vaccinated. In addition, individuals in Phase 1a who want to be vaccinated should contact their local hospitals to request and schedule an appointment no later than Jan. 15, 2021. 

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 70 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

Healthcare workers include:

  • Anesthesiology assistants, registered cardiovascular invasive specialists, and operating room staff
  • Athletic Trainers
  • American Sign Language (ASL) and other interpreters in healthcare facilities
  • Autopsy room staff, coroners, embalmers, and funeral home staff at risk of exposure to bodily fluids
  • Chiropractors
  • Dentists and dental hygienists and technicians
  • Dietary and food services staff in healthcare facilities
  • Environmental services staff in healthcare facilities
  • Harbor pilots
  • Home health and hospice workers
  • Hospital transport personnel
  • Laboratory personnel and phlebotomists
  • Licensed dietitians
  • Medical assistants
  • Medical first responders (paid and volunteer): EMS; fire department and law enforcement personnel who provide emergency medical care
  • Nurses, nurse practitioners, and nurse’s aides/ assistants
  • Opticians and optometrists and assistants/ technicians
  • Persons providing medical care in correctional facilities and correctional officers
  • Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians
  • Physical and occupational therapists and assistants
  • Physicians, including medical house staff (i.e., interns, residents, fellows), and physician assistants
  • Podiatrists
  • Public health healthcare workers who are frequently interacting with persons with potential COVID-19 infection
  • Radiology technicians
  • Respiratory care practitioners, such as respiratory therapists
  • Speech language pathologists and assistants and audiologists
  • Students and interns of the above categories

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