COLUMBIA, S.C. (WMBF) – The Department of Health and Environmental Control launched its interactive map to help people find which healthcare providers are booking COVID-19 vaccine appointments.
FIND A LOCATION | Interactive map shows which hospitals are taking appointments
The map went live just after midnight Wednesday, which is the day that people 70 and over can start scheduling appointments to receive the vaccine in South Carolina.
The green dots on the map indicate that those hospitals have enough space to book appointments for people in that age group. If a healthcare provider is marked as red, that means they are not taking appointments at this time or they don’t have any appointments available.
On Monday, the governor’s office and DHEC announced that the age group could start receiving the vaccine. That map was available on Monday, but by late afternoon it had been taken down According to DHEC, the reason for that was facilities were receiving calls whether they were marked as “red” or “green” status.
Individuals can also call the DHEC Care Line at (855) 472-3432 for assistance with scheduling an appointment beginning Wednesday. DHEC leaders told state senators on Tuesday that they are working with the state’s emergency management department to add additional hotline resources that are used during hurricanes so people aren’t put on hold for too long.
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Health leaders have warned that while some people may be able to book an appointment, they may not be able to actually receive the vaccine for several weeks because healthcare providers are still vaccinating critical frontline healthcare workers, and there isn’t enough supplies of the vaccine.
They are asking everyone to practice patience as they work through this time.