When will I be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine?

When will I be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine?

Man received vaccination.

With some groups of people already receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, it’s natural to wonder when you’ll be able to get vaccinated.
Because supplies of the vaccine are limited, South Carolina and other states have developed phased plans that determine the order in which groups of people can receive the vaccine based upon their risk of contracting the virus and suffering life-threatening complications.
Currently, South Carolina is in Phase 1a of its vaccination plan, which allows for the vaccine to be given to health care workers, individuals ages 70 and older, certain hospitalized patients, staff of nursing homes and long-term care facilities and state and local government employees essential to COVID-19 vaccination and testing operations.
For details about who is included in each phase of the state’s vaccination plan and the general timelines for each phase, please click here.
“The good news is that everyone who wants a vaccine should be able to receive one this year, with seniors and other groups most at risk from COVID-19 receiving the vaccine first,” says Gayle Resetar, chief operating officer at Tidelands Health. “We’re excited to continue offering the vaccine within our community as we’re authorized to do so by the state.”

Phased approach

Under phase 1a of the state’s plan, Tidelands Health has already administered more than 2,400 doses of vaccine to the health system’s workforce and community-based phase 1A workers such as first responders, home health workers, school nurses and more.
In addition, the health system is also accepting requests for vaccination appointments from individuals 70 and older. To request an appointment, please click here.
Vaccinations among people ages 70 and older will take place at centrally located vaccination clinics; so please do not call the health system’s hospitals or physician offices to request a COVID-19 vaccination. The only way to request an appointment and receive the vaccine is to complete this online request form.
“At Tidelands Health, our goal is to safely administer the vaccine to as many people as possible as quickly as possible,” Resetar says. “However, it’s important to note that the pace at which we can establish appointments and vaccinate people is dependent upon vaccine supply, which remains limited.
“With more than 70,000 people ages 70-plus in our region, we’re asking for our community’s patience and understanding as we undertake this major public health initiative.”

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Once phase 1a of the state’s vaccination plan is complete, the next phase (1B) of the state’s vaccination plan is expected to begin. This group includes includes front-line essential workers such as food and agricultural workers, USPS workers, manufacturing workers, grocery store workers, public transit worker, and those who work in the educational sector — teachers, support staff, and daycare workers. A timeline for the beginning of Phase 1b is not known. 
If you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, make sure to rely on a trusted source for information. Visit the Tidelands Health COVID-19 vaccine resource center, the CDC’s COVID-19 vaccine website or the South Carolina DHEC website.

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