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South Carolina State Epidemiologist receives COVID-19 vaccine

Updated: Jan. 12, 2021 at 5:35 PM EST
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - South Carolina State Epidemiologist Dr. Linda Bell has received her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Dr. Bell stated that she’d “gladly” do her part by rolling up her sleeve and getting vaccinated.

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She hopes others will follow suit and quickly schedule an appointment to receive the vaccine when it’s their turn.

“We have the opportunity to stop the ongoing devastation that COVID-19 has wreaked on our community,” Dr. Bell said. “It is all of our responsibility to do everything we can to protect ourselves and those we love from this deadly disease. By sharing with others that I am receiving the vaccine today, I hope that more South Carolinians will continue to step up and do their part by getting vaccinated.”

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DHEC continues to seek partnerships with independent medical practices, pharmacies, DHEC locations, and other sites to ensure people include in Phase 1a who want to get the shot are able to do so.

“I have the utmost confidence in the safety and effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccines,” Dr. Bell said. “However, until there is enough vaccine for all of us and enough people get vaccinated, we must continue to take actions we know work. That includes wearing our masks, maintaining physical distance, avoiding large gatherings, and washing our hands frequently.”

For more information visit scdhec.gov/vaxfacts.

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