Myrtle Beach first responders receive COVID-19 vaccine

Myrtle Beach first responders receive COVID-19 vaccine

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) – The Myrtle Beach City Council received an update on COVID-19 vaccination efforts across the city during a special meeting on Thursday.

According to information presented during the meeting, approximately 35 members of the Myrtle Beach Fire Department and 45 employees of the Myrtle Beach Police Department have been administered the vaccine as of Jan. 7.

Myrtle Beach Fire Chief Tom Gywer is one of those in the department who have been vaccinated by Grand Strand Medical Center. He said those who were vaccinated with him just before Christmas are nearly due for their second dose of the Pfizer shot.

Emergency management officials also provided a breakdown of the vaccine allotments area hospitals have received to date:

  • Grand Strand Medical Center - 1,950 doses received - 1,441 administered - 74% used
  • Conway Medical Center - 3,900 doses received - 1,527 administered - 39% used
  • Waccamaw Hospital - 4,400 doses received - 999 administered - 23% used

Gwyer also told city council that they’re also seeing a spike across all departments city-wide.

“For the city as far as city employees, there’s been a pretty substantial uptick over the past several weeks really. As of yesterday, we had 81 employees quarantined. You can see the numbers there throughout all the various departments, that have either tested positive or we’re a high-risk close contact or just exhibit signs and symptoms of COVID-19,” Gwyer said.

In addition to an update on the COVID-19 vaccine distribution, city council members were also set to discuss the fiscal year 2021-22 budget priorities and the process, and downtown revitalization efforts.

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