With the launch of the Covid-19 vaccination program across South Carolina, many questions have arisen. SC DHEC has put together the following information regarding the Covid-19 vaccine and the vaccination rollout across the state:
How many vaccines have been given: As of yesterday, DHEC reports that 43,227 vaccinations have been administered in South Carolina. The total received in South Carolina to date since December 18 is 129,675. Those numbers will be updated daily in the VAMS Database and the data as of January 4 can be seen here.
When will DHEC launch the Online Vaccine Overview Dashboard: The dashboard is scheduled to launch tomorrow.
Why have some hospitals reported administering more doses than what is represented for their facility in the VAMS database: DHEC says this is because of two main reasons:
The timing of when a vaccine shipment is received by a provider versus when it’s reported as delivered in VAMS in addition to the time between when the provider administers the vaccine to an individual and when the provider is then able to actually enter that information into the VAMS database.
Current vaccine inventory is based on five doses per vial, however extra amounts of vaccine in some vials is allowing providers to administer six or seven shots per vial.
Why are more than 60% of vaccines in S.C. not yet given to people in Phase 1A: DHEC says that health care facilities are administering vaccines using available appropriate staff and this varies from hospital to hospital.
Has DHEC engaged the SC National Guard to help with vaccinations: DHEC reports that it is in discussions now with the SC National Guard to assist with vaccinations around the state.
Does the state have sufficient Ultra Cold Storage for the vaccines: DHEC says that it has identified locations in the state to store more than two (2) million doses of the vaccine at one time.
Will DHEC reallocate vaccine if needed to other parts of the state: Yes, DHEC says it will reallocate if needed as more vaccine from current and future providers become available. DHEC is currently monitoring vaccine allocation across our state and will reallocate vaccines to areas that need them. DHEC will not allow facilities to hoard or stockpile vaccines.
Where can I register to sign up for the vaccine: DHEC officials said they will not be registering any residents to a vaccine list. DHEC says that those individuals 75 or older who are not living in a nursing home will have to likely wait until Phase 1B.
How will DHEC notify the public when Phase 1B starts: DHEC will notify the press, hospitals, emergency management officials, elected officials, and others.
What is DHEC doing to coordinate vaccinating teachers and school staff: DHEC is working through the specifics with the State Department of Education.
Moderna/LTCF vaccine data: Residents and staff of long-term care facilities and nursing homes that are currently being vaccinated through the Long-Term Care Program managed by the CDC are recorded separately in a national database called Tiberius. Vaccine information is not expected to be available through Tiberius until sometime this week, and DHEC will provide more information as it becomes available through this federally managed database.
County Level case data: DHEC’s cumulative cases by county can be seen here.
Answers to other frequently asked questions: DHEC prepared this link to other frequently asked questions with answers.
DHEC’s media briefings: DHEC has committed to holding multiple updates a week on the status of the vaccination plan. The January 2, 2021 update can be seen here.
CDC vaccine data information: The National Center for Disease Control (CDC) has an extensive COVID-19 vaccine webpage with links that can be seen here.
Be aware of vaccine scams: Unfortunately, there are those who will try to take advantage of others by using fraudulent scams and other means. Please be vigilant. If you see or hear of a suspected vaccine scam, report it to law enforcement or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about avoiding such scams, go here.
Prevent the spread of the virus: COVID-19 is commonly spread through air by coughing and sneezing; close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands; or touching an object with the virus and making contact with mouth, nose, or eyes.
To prevent the spread of illness, remember to do the following:
- Practice good hygiene
- Wash your hands
- Cover your cough
- Wear a mask in public
Those who feel sick should stay home from school and work and not attend public gatherings.
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