COLUMBIA, S.C. (WMBF) – The Department of Health and Environmental Control has released how many COVID-19 vaccine doses South Carolina is estimated to get by the end of the year.
WMBF News has been asking DHEC for the number of vaccine doses for the past few weeks.
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Officials with DHEC said the federal government has indicated that the state will receive between 200,000 and 300,000 doses of the vaccine by the end of 2020.
DHEC warned that these amounts are subject to change and officials won’t know the exact amount until the doses are received.
South Carolina and the nation are waiting for the FDA to authorize the use of a vaccine.
On Thursday, the FDA will be reviewing Pfizer’s vaccine and will determine whether to authorize it and allow it to be distributed across the nation. Last week, Britain was the first country in the world to authorize the use of the Pfizer vaccine.
If the Pfizer vaccine is authorized on Thursday, DHEC officials believe that the vaccine will be delivered to the state between Dec. 14 and Dec. 16.
The first vaccines will be distributed to Phase 1-A, which according to DHEC, will be healthcare workers and nursing homes.
WMBF News is continuing to ask questions and learn more about South Carolina’s vaccine distribution process in our Forging Ahead series.