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How to schedule your vaccination if you’re eligible for Phase 1A

Updated: Jan. 7, 2021 at 11:27 AM EST
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - State health officials have finally released a list of contacts for health care workers who need to schedule a vaccination under Phase 1A.

Right now, frontline health care workers are eligible, as well as long-term care facility residents and staff (click or tap here to see the full list).

The Department of Health and Environmental Control said employers can arrange the vaccinations by calling a local hospital provider and scheduling the vaccinations for their team.

They said those in Phase 1A who have not been contacted to get vaccinated can reach out to a hospital to get it done.

Here is the list of contacts (zoom in on the document using the tools below):

*NOTE: Some of these contacts may be updated as hospital systems work to meet the demand The LexMed contact is NOT correct -- see below for accurate info.

“Go ahead and initiate reaching out,” Dr. Brannon Traxler, interim director of DHEC, said. “However, if you are not a health care worker, at this time, then there is no need to call a health care provider or hospital. There’s not a sign-up list, per se, at this time for people in future phases.”

Prisma Health has also put up a webpage dedicated to helping those in Phase 1A schedule an appointment, click or tap here for that.

To make an appointment at the Lexington Medical Center, this is the process:

  • Call Lexington Medical Center at (803) 739 – 3363 Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to confirm eligibility and receive instructions. Call center staff will email you a Vaccine Administration Management System (VAMS) template to fill out with names and email addresses of employees.
  • Complete the VAMS template and email it back to covidvaccine@lexhealth.org.
  • The CDC will email employers and employees a link to the VAMS registration form. If recipients do not see the email, they should check their spam or junk folder. Also, do not use Internet Explorer to access the form; instead, use Chrome, Safari or another web browser.
  • Create a VAMS login/password. Fill out the questionnaire and select a hospital vaccination site in your area. Your vaccination appointment will be confirmed by the CDC via email or text.
  • Twelve hours before your vaccination appointment, you will receive a second questionnaire from the CDC to complete before your appointment. Log in and complete the questionnaire.

Those with questions about their eligibility can call LexMed’s hotline at 803-739-3363 for information Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

DHEC said people in Phase 1A should be prepared to prove their eligibility, especially if they have to make their own vaccination appointment.

“Individuals who are making appointments may need to present credentials to verify that they qualify to receive vaccinations under Phase 1A,” Traxler said. “That includes providing some proof: a badge, a business card, a license or photograph of your license, a personalized letter from your employer, things such as this to show your Phase 1A qualification.”

The vaccine timeline shows a rollout plan that runs through fall of this year, with the goal of offering the vaccine to all South Carolinians.

“Everyone who wants to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in South Carolina will receive a vaccine, but it is going to take some time,” Traxler said.

The first dose of vaccinations for folks in Phase 1A has to be scheduled by January 15.

DHEC says those people will just have to get their first dose scheduled by that date, not administered.

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