HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) – When those 70 and older in South Carolina begin calling Wednesday to schedule an appointment to get the COVID-19 vaccine, they may not be able to be seen right away.
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According to officials with the state Department of Health and Environmental Control, facilities may not be able to schedule appointments immediately.
“Appointments may need to be scheduled several weeks out based on the supply and demand of vaccine at their particular facility and the amount of vaccine received by the federal government each week,” a statement from DHEC said.
State health officials said S.C., like all states, currently has a limited supply of the COVID-19 vaccine.
As of Jan. 12, the state has received 147,200 doses of the Pfizer vaccine, according to information from DHEC. Of that amount, 76,676 initial doses and 18,600 second doses have been administered for a 65% utilization rate.
On Monday, DHEC announced that those in the state who are 70 or older could begin scheduling appointments to get the COVID-19 vaccine starting on Jan. 13. State health officials said there is no deadline for those in this group to make their appointment.