LIST: COVID-19 vaccine distribution phases, who receives vaccine in each phase
COLUMBIA, S.C (WMBF) – The Department of Health and Environmental Control provided new information Thursday on the COVID-19 vaccine distribution phases and who falls under each phase.
One major change was the addition of Phase 1-C that is under consideration by the South Carolina Vaccine Advisory Committee.
The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) provided guidance on who falls under Phase 1-B and Phase 1-C a couple of weeks ago. The state’s advisory committee is now looking over that guidance and deciding what is best for South Carolinians.
Committee members are expected to finalize the recommendations in the next week. As for now, those listed under Phase 1-B and Phase 1-C in the list below are subject to change until the Vaccine Advisory Committee finalizes it.
DHEC provided a detailed list in its guidance for COVID-19 vaccine allocation for Phase 1-A and the people who are included in it. At this point, Phase 1-A is the only finalized list:
Phase 1-A (Currently Ongoing-February 2021):
- Healthcare workers: Initial focus on frontline healthcare workers at high risk of exposure and mission-critical to the overarching goal of preventing death
- 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
- Parents who are home caregivers of a child who is medically fragile or complex or severely disabled. (Requires a medical provider’s signed attestation to confirm parent meets criteria.)
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
- 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
- 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
Below is guidance made by the ACIP, and these have not been finalized by the South Carolina Vaccine Advisory Committee.
Phase 1-B (Early Spring 2021):
- Frontline essential workers -- sectors included by ACIP are:
Phase 1-C (Late Spring 2021):
- Essential workers not included in Phase 1-B -- examples included by the ACIP are:
- All people aged 65 and older
- People aged 16 and older with certain underlying health conditions that puts them at high risk for severe disease (list by CDC)
Phase 2 (Summer-Fall 2021)
- All people who wish to be vaccinated
Phase 2 vaccinations are anticipated to begin in late Spring 2021, with the vaccines expected to become available for the general public during the summer and fall of 2021.
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