Gov. McMaster announces Phase 1B vaccine rollout in S.C. to include those 55+

Gov. McMaster announces Phase 1B vaccine rollout in S.C. to include those 55+

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WMBF) – South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster announced Tuesday that Phase 1B in the state’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout will be more inclusive.

The governor announced Tuesday that starting March 8, anyone aged 55 and older will be eligible for the vaccine in S.C. Also included will be those between 16 and 64 who are at increased severe risk for COVID-19 due to: cancer; chronic kidney disease; diabetes; Down Syndrome; heart disease; HIV/AIDS; solid organ transplant; obesity; pregnancy; and sickle cell disease.

Also available for Phase 1B are frontline workers with increased occupational risk, including:

  • School staff and daycare workers
  • Manufacturing workers
  • Grocery store workers
  • Law enforcement officers

Others in this group are individuals at increased risk in settings where people are living and working in close contact such as:

  • Residents and workers in group home settings for the mentally or physically disabled or those with behavioral or substance abuse conditions
  • Workers and residents in homeless shelters
  • Workers and residents in community training homes
  • State and local correctional facility staff with direct inmate contact
  • Correctional and immigration detention facility inmates
  • Migrant farmworkers living in shared housing or reliant on shared transportation

Finally, all workers in healthcare and community health settings who have routine, direct patient contact and were not vaccinated in Phase 1A, according to information from the governor’s office.

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“Throughout South Carolina’s vaccination efforts, our priority has been – and continues to be – saving lives,” McMaster said. “In the month of February, South Carolina made tremendous progress on expanding access to vaccinations as the supply of vaccine increased. Our hospitals, pharmacies and healthcare providers became more nimble and efficient at getting shots in arms. Because of these successes, we’re now in a position to make the majority of South Carolinians eligible to receive the vaccine.”


After the governor’s announcement, Conway Medical Center announced that those under Phase 1b will be able to start booking on Monday, but if those under Phase 1b start booking before then their requests won’t be honored.

On Monday, those under Phase 1b can go to the hospital’s website and will be placed on a waiting list for an appointment.

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CMC has administered more than 25,000 Pfizer vaccine doses since Dec. 14, 2020. The hospital has more than 11,000 appointments scheduled over the next several weeks.

It has received more than 40,000 appointment requests from those under Phase 1a and there are about 2,500 still on the waiting list. Those still on the waiting list are being scheduled for appointments in late March and early April. If you put yourself on the waiting list, but scheduled an appointment or received an appointment elsewhere then you can CLICK HERE to take yourself off of CMC’s waiting list.

CMC is currently running its vaccine clinic seven days a week and administering about 3,600 vaccines per week, including both first and second doses.

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