S.C. health officials release spreadsheet on COVID-19 vaccine allocation for first time

McMaster calls on DHEC to provide more information on COVID-19 vaccine count, locations
McMaster calls on DHEC to provide more information on COVID-19 vaccine count, locations
Updated: Jan. 1, 2021 at 10:35 PM EST
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WMBF) - Friday night, after Governor Henry McMaster called on the department to be more transparent with data the day prior, South Carolina’s Department of Health and Environmental Control released new numbers on the allocations received and distributed of the COVID-19 vaccine.

A new webpage now exists displaying the number of Pfizer vaccine doses received, the amount administered, and the subsequent utilization rate based on these two numbers for the state of South Carolina.

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According to DHEC, as of Friday night, 112,125 doses of Pfizer’s vaccine have been received, while 41,431 doses have been administered - 37 percent being utilized.

The website read in part, “Like many other states, South Carolina initially provided limited details about the specific locations that received COVID-19 vaccine because of serious security concerns regarding the disruption of vaccine delivery or attempted theft of the vaccine itself.”

It continued on to say, “We understand the public’s desire and need to know this vaccine information so we are making it readily available moving forward.”

The site also shares a spreadsheet that describes which hospital systems have received vaccine in the state, and in what amounts.

Conway Medical Center, Grand Strand Medical Center, McLeod Regional Medical Center, Medical University of South Carolina, and Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital were among a list of hospital sites who received the first doses of the vaccine directly from Pfizer.

A smaller amount of doses were distributed out by DHEC to other hospital groups located outside of the Pee Dee or Grand Strand. DHEC said in a press release that this group of health care facilities does not have the ultra-cold storage required for storing Pfizer’s vaccine.

According to the spreadsheet, 5,555 doses were distributed out by DHEC after its distribution site received 14,625 doses directly from Pfizer. It’s unclear at this time where the remaining 9,070 doses will be going.

On Thursday, Stephen White, the immunizations director at DHEC, addressed the creation of a COVID-19 vaccine dashboard, stating that it was in the works.

“We anticipate that as we continue to move along and move forward with this response with the vaccine allocations, that we’ll have other data reporting elements that we can help share to provide information to the general public as well. So, we hope that those will be coming soon on the DHEC website in the coming couple of weeks,” White said.

But on Friday, that timeline seems to have sped up. DHEC’s press release announced that the online vaccine overview dashboard they are developing is expected to launch on January 6. In the meantime, vaccine allocations will be updated daily and shown in the spreadsheet.

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