Governor’s office: Announcement expected ‘very soon’ on opening vaccine eligibility to all S.C. adults

S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster tours Myrtle Beach mass vaccination clinic
S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster tours Myrtle Beach mass vaccination clinic((Source: WMBF News))
Updated: Mar. 25, 2021 at 3:36 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WMBF) – As more and more states open COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to all adults, South Carolina could be following suit soon.

Brian Symmes, the spokesperson for Gov. Henry McMaster’s office, told WMBF News on Thursday that the public can expect an announcement “very soon” on when all adults can be eligible for the vaccine. He would not provide an actual date as to when the announcement would be made.

This comes as North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper announced on Thursday that everyone 16 and up in the state would be allowed to get the vaccine starting on April 7.

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Other states such as Texas, Georgia and Louisiana have also made similar announcements.

On Wednesday, leaders with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control said that they are constantly looking at supply and demand for the vaccine.

Senior Deputy for Public Health, Nick Davidson, said that the agency is on track to hit its current timeline, which is Phase 1c starting on April 12 and Phase 2 on May 3. But the timeline could be changing based on the governor’s announcement.

WMBF News will bring you updates on the future announcement as soon as we learn more. You can download our WMBF News app to have alerts sent straight to your phone as soon as we get information on the governor’s announcement.

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