Fortunately, case numbers and hospitalizations have declined recently, and Dr. Principe is hopeful that widespread COVID-19 vaccination will one day allow for an end to the pandemic and a return to a more normal way of life.
So far, COVID-19 vaccination rates in Georgetown and Horry counties are among the highest in the state. Tidelands Health, the region’s leader in COVID-19 vaccination, has played a pivotal role in helping achieve those encouraging results. To date, the not-for-profit health system has administered nearly 36,000 doses of vaccine.
Dr. Principe says he didn’t hesitate to benefit from the vaccine when it became available to him under the state’s guidelines as a Phase 1a-eligible health care worker.
“We’re going to get through this,” he says. “But we need people to get vaccinated when they’re eligible and continue to wear masks, social distance and follow the other guidance.”