Conway Medical Center hopes to start vaccinating HCS teachers, school staff next week

Conway Medical Center hopes to start vaccinating HCS teachers, school staff next week

CONWAY, S.C. (WMBF) - Conway Medical Center and Horry County Schools are working together to bring the vaccine to teachers and staff members within the district.

Now that Gov. Henry McMaster and the Department of Health and Environmental Control have announced that the state is moving into Phase 1b next week, the hospital and school district have already gone to work to set up an event to start vaccinating teachers.

CMC is hoping to have that event next Friday and Saturday, but it all depends on supply.

In each of the past three weeks, the hospital has only received one tray of the first dose of the vaccine.

Each tray is only about 1,100 doses, and they need 4,000 for Horry County Schools alone.

“We can do Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson,” said Conway Medical Center Chief Financial Officer Brian Argo. “If they send it to us, we will be happy to get it in arms. Right now we’re at 100%, so every vaccine that we’re getting we’re putting in an arm, and we’re very excited about that.”

Argo said the Horry County Schools vaccinations won’t affect anyone in Phase 1a that already has appointments.

University professors are also listed under the state’s Phase 1b plan.

CMC is also working with Coastal Carolina University to bring the vaccines to the college staff.

They don’t have any specific details on events for the school, but they do have a list of 1,000 names that are interested.

CMC has also talked to Horry Georgetown Technical College about handling its vaccinations.

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