COLUMBIA, S.C. (WMBF) - Out of all 50 states, South Carolina has received the least amount of vaccine per capita, according to the latest COVID-19 vaccine data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
A map on the CDC’s website shows 6,723 doses per 100,000 people have been distributed to South Carolina. Bordering states, in comparison, have over 9,000 doses per 100,000 people. Meanwhile, Alaska has the highest rate of all 50 states, receiving 20,566 doses per 100,000 people.
The rate of administering first doses of the vaccine doesn’t fare much better, either: South Carolina ranks at 48th, followed by Georgia and finally Alabama, who ranks the lowest.
According to the CDC, 2,250 first doses per 100,000 people have been administered in South Carolina. West Virginia, on the other hand, ranks the highest out of all 50 states, having administered 6,621 doses per 100,000 people.
DHEC has said that the state consistently receives about 60,000 doses of vaccine each week.
On Wednesday, Dr. Linda Bell had told Vaccine Advisory Committee members that preliminary reports may indicate that the federal government is giving more vaccine doses to states that move through their supply more quickly than others.
“States may be graded on how quickly they’re moving the vaccine,” Bell had said, “and we’re in the potential to get more vaccine if we do it more quickly.”
WMBF Investigates asked the Department of Health and Environmental Control why they’ve received so little, and how this supply will be increased. We have not heard back yet.