Over half of SC’s total Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine doses utilized, DHEC says

Over half of SC’s total Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine doses utilized, DHEC says
(Source: WMBF)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WMBF) - Over half of the total number of doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine have been utilized in South Carolina, according to health officials.

DHEC updated its COVID-19 vaccine allocation dashboard Saturday, showing that 55% of the 146,500 doses have been administered across the state.

Of that number, 68,027 were for first doses of the vaccine, while 12,359 were for second doses. DHEC has stated that the Pfizer vaccine is the only one available to those not in long-term care facilities and qualify under Phase 1-A of vaccine distribution.

Out of local hospitals, data shows Conway Medical Center, Grand Strand Medical Center and McLeod Regional Medical Center have all utilized over half of their doses provided directly from Pfizer. Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital has utilized 34% of its 5,375 doses as of Saturday, which includes 500 given to the facility by DHEC.

State health officials also said 92,414 appointments to receive the vaccine are currently scheduled. Employers have until Jan. 15 to schedule a vaccine appointment if they have an employee that is eligible. DHEC said it will evaluate demand up to that date to determine scheduling for the next phase of vaccination.

The agency provided its first update on the Moderna vaccine Friday, which has primarily has been used for residents and staff in long-term care facilities.

Of 86,400 doses the state has received, 7,538 have been administered to residents for their first dose, while 3,765 were administered to staff. No second doses of the Moderna vaccine have been administered as of Saturday, according to the data.

The update also shows 844 clients are still scheduled to receive the vaccine. The agency says its data on the Moderna vaccine will be updated on weekdays going forward.

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