COLUMBIA, S.C. (WMBF) – A majority of hospitals in South Carolina have distributed all of the COVID-19 vaccine doses they have received to date, according to officials.
“So far, our hospitals have distributed 69% of the Pfizer doses that they have received, which is comparable to rates for the nation’s leading states, and is three times the rate at which the Moderna vaccine is being distributed by non-hospital providers in South Carolina,” according to a release from the S.C. Hospital Association.
SCHA staff said hospitals have scheduled appointments to deliver every one of the remaining Pfizer doses and will “continue to do everything in their power to accelerate the distribution of these vaccines.”
According to the SCHA, hospitals and health systems are aggressively ramping up vaccination efforts through walk-in events, online appointments, and mass vaccination sites.
“As the state’s hospitals continue to battle record surge from COVID-19, they have also been reducing non-emergent procedures to expand capacity for more patients and the distribution of more vaccines,” a press release stated.
The statement from the SCHA comes after Gov. Henry McMaster urged hospitals across the state to speed up the process of administering the COVID-19 vaccine.
During a press briefing Monday, the governor said the hospital shelves need to be empty by the time a new shipment of vaccine arrives.
“The old shipment ought to be in somebody’s arm, and that’s not happening now. And it needs to happen,” McMaster said.