Committee votes not to sub-prioritize groups in Phase 1B of S.C. COVID-19 vaccine plan

Updated: Jan. 13, 2021 at 1:47 PM EST
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WMBF) – The South Carolina Vaccine Advisory Committee voted Wednesday to not prioritize sub-groups in Phase 1B of the state’s vaccine rollout plan.

This means educators and school support staff won’t be prioritized in Phase 1B and comes after South Carolina State Superintendent Molly Spearman requested they receive prioritization.

Twenty people in the advisory committee voted against sub-prioritization, while three people voted in support of sub-prioritization.

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Teachers are currently a part of the vaccine phase, but Spearman wanted them prioritized among the group so they receive the vaccine before anyone else in Phase 1B.

Spearman’s argument was if teachers can get vaccinated, schools can open five days a week in-person, allowing parents to return to work.

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