DHEC says fully vaccinated South Carolinians can stop using masks in most instances

South Carolinians who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no longer need to wear face masks indoors or outdoors, with a few exceptions.

  Children 12 and older can start getting Pfizer vaccine in SC

  SC health department releases face mask waiver for students

  VAX FAQs: How is full FDA authorization different from what COVID-19 vaccines have now?

  DHEC leadership not concerned about state vaccine supply with new federal allocation rules

  S.C. reps express ‘great concern’ over mask requirement in schools

  Some looking to move to SC out of fear of forced vaccinations

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Keeping kids safe until they can be vaccinated

  Walk-in COVID-19 vaccine clinic coming to Columbia church

  Prisma Health moves COVID-19 vaccination site from Gamecock Park to Colonial Life Arena

  The COMET offering free COVID-19 vaccinations

  SC health, school leaders: ‘Stay the course’ despite governor’s calls to lift mask orders

McMaster on mask requirement in schools: ‘It’s a height of ridiculosity’

  CDC data shows millions of Americans aren’t getting second COVID vaccine shot

The CDC reported that as of April 9th about 8% of Americans have missed their second dose of the vaccine.

Columbia Place Mall vaccination site surpasses 4,000 shots

The temporary mass vaccination clinic opened April 13 and currently offers the Pfizer vaccine.

DHEC says vaccine providers can now administer J&J vaccine

Officials with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control said Friday night that state providers can now administer the Johnson and Johnson vaccine after the CDC and FDA lifted a pause on the use of the vaccine.

  CDC investigating Oregon woman’s death after J&J vaccine

Oregon health authorities say federal officials are investigating the death of a woman in her 50s who developed a blood clot and low platelets within two weeks of receiving the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.

  Health officials anticipate drop in vaccine enthusiasm

  SC Health Officials warn of dropping demand, urge more people to get vaccinated

Councilmembers team up to help distribute COVID-19 vaccine in Richland County

  Rural vaccine providers worry about vaccine hesitancy as J&J vaccine pause continues

SC governor, first lady receive COVID-19 vaccines

85-year-old woman was one of 22 who ‘mistakenly’ received saline shot at N.C. Walgreens

  Kentucky man credits lung transplant with saving his life after contracting COVID

After a double lung transplant, a Louisville man is crediting the organ donation for saving his life when he got COVID-19.

  ‘Clusters’ of hospitals in SC seeing an uptick in COVID-19 patients while vaccine demand declines

According to the hospital they were caring for 39 patients with COVID-19 Friday, but in April they were treating about 20 coronavirus patients at a time.

  Mass vaccination site at Columbia Place Mall seeing low number of people

FEMA says they’ve administered a little more than 700 doses so far at the site. They have 1,000 to give per day.

  FBI warns against making or buying fake COVID-19 vaccination cards

If you either make or purchase a fake COVID-19 vaccination record card, the FBI warns, you could be breaking the law.

Lexington Medical Center hosting vaccination events at Northeast location

It will be administering the first doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

  DHEC officials say vaccine supply not an issue despite J&J vaccine pause

About 60 providers were expected to receive an allotment this week from DHEC.

  Johnson and Johnson vaccines crucial for distribution in small SC towns

However, while Johnson and Johnson make up only slightly more than 5% of the state’s total first doses, pharmacists in small towns across the state have been relying on the “one and done” shot.

  FEMA opens mass vaccination site at Columbia Place Mall a day early

There were 150 workers on-site including the National Guard.

  SC pauses J&J vaccines on federal recommendation

The risk of a serious blood clot is about 1 in 1 million. Here’s what to look for.

  Identifying Autism: UofSC expert speaks on how COVID-19 is impacting early diagnosis

As April marks another Autism Awareness Month, experts say the pandemic has presented challenges for identifying autism.

‘I’m very concerned’: Advocates react to low vaccination rate of Hispanic and Latino communities in SC

Guimaraes said part of the hesitancy stems from misinformation and misconceptions about the vaccine.

  Hundreds of walk-in J&J vaccinations were offered Saturday in Eutawville

The J&J vaccine only requires one dose.

  Janssen weekly vaccine allocation to drop by 88% next week for South Carolina

The week of April 5, South Carolina was allocated 73,500 doses, while on the 12th it will receive 8,700.

Duke requiring new, returning students be vaccinated against COVID-19

Duke University will require all new and returning students to present proof of vaccination against COVID-19 before enrolling in the fall 2021 semester, the university announced Friday.

  CDC finds no reason for concern with Johnson & Johnson vaccine following limited reactions

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services worked with the CDC and Wake County Public Health Department to investigate the limited number of cases where reactions were reported with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

  Citizens take advantage of LMC walk-in vaccination clinic

The clinics will be open from 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

  Rural church helping spearhead McCormick Co. vaccine rollout, which leads state per capita

As of April 5, the county has had 4,567 out of every 10,000 residents receive a dose.

  Health experts call on young people to get vaccinated to prevent 4th wave of COVID

Health experts are raising the alarm about the danger of a possible fourth wave if young people let their guard down.

  FTC warns of new COVID-19 vaccine survey scam

The FBI and FTC said an increasing number of people who have been vaccinated are being sent a fraudulent “post-vaccine survey” via email, text message, or both.

Health Force hosting vaccination event in Richland County

The organization will offer the Janssen vaccine.

CDC awards SC COVID-19 vaccine program expansion over $47 million

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says they have awarded South Carolina $47,187,039 to support local efforts to increase vaccine uptake.

  LMC hosting vaccination event at Batesburg-Leesville High School

The event will be held on Saturday, April 10 from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

  Regional Medical Center hosting several vaccination events

No registration is required.

  Columbia Place Mall to become mass vaccination site, White House says

The site will be able to give out about 1,000 COVID-19 vaccines a day, officials said.

CLT Airport says some airlines may require proof of vaccine, gives other tips as travel increases

Officials at Charlotte Douglas International Airport say some airlines may require proof of COVID-19 vaccination among several tips the airport is giving passengers as travel increases during the pandemic.

  Health officials see decrease in demand for vaccine despite open eligibility

DHEC officials said during a briefing on Friday that expanding vaccine access to millions of South Carolinians has gone smoothly.

  Vaccine Cards: What you need to know

South Carolinians have been asking what happens if you lose your vaccine card and how important is it to prove you received the vaccine?

  SC Superintendent doesn’t think COVID vaccine will ever be required for students

State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman said she doesn’t think a COVID-19 vaccine will ever be required for South Carolina students.

Wasted 15 million Johnson & Johnson doses affecting local South Carolina pharmacies

Preliminary investigations show this was all human error. Johnson & Johnson does not know when shipments will start again but the company says it will be able to deliver 24 million doses by the end of April.

  SC proposal would bar employers from requiring COVID vaccine

South Carolina lawmakers are considering a proposal to prevent employers from mandating COVID-19 vaccines for workers.

  Publix offering more COVID-19 vaccine appointments at South Carolina locations

Officials from the chain said appointments will open again starting April 1.

  SC officials expect surge in vaccine supply as millions more get in line

Everyone who is 16 and older may now get a COVID-19 vaccine in South Carolina.

  Newly eligible South Carolinians use walk-in clinic for vaccination

South Carolina residents ages 16 and older can now get a COVID-19 vaccine, and some wasted no time.

  Everyone 16 and older in SC can now get the COVID-19 vaccine

Here's what you need to know to make an appointment.

  CVS opens vaccination clinic at Benedict College

The clinic will be located on the 1900 block of Two Notch Road.

MUSC Health hosting mass COVID-19 vaccination event Wednesday at Florence Center

MUSC Health said there are appointments still available for the event.

  Vaccination rates in the Black community lagging behind expectations

More than 1.1 million South Carolinians have received at least one shot of a COVID-19 vaccine. Data from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control shows less than 18 percent of those vaccines have ended up in the arms of people identifying as Black.

Hospitals see rare COVID-19 cases in fully vaccinated patients

Although rare, Lowcountry Hospitals are seeing some patients come down with the coronavirus even after being fully vaccinated.

DHEC: South Carolina set to receive over 160,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses next week

South Carolina is set to see a big increase in COVID-19 vaccine doses next week, just as the state opens up eligibility to adults 16 and over.

  Healthcare providers to receive more vaccines ahead of phase 1C rollout

DHEC officials said that the speed of vaccinating South Carolinians has ramped up in the last few weeks, with about 23,000 vaccines going into arms every day.

  COVID-19 vaccines in SC open to everyone 16 & up starting March 31

People in that group were not expected to be eligible for vaccine appointments until May.

  Falling vaccine demand puts doses at risk of going bad at some SC sites

This information comes as DHEC officials say that the supply of the vaccine is continuing to increase.

Fairfield County hosting drive-thru vaccination event

No appointments are required.

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

As more and more states open COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to all adults, South Carolina could be following suit soon.

DHEC: No plans to open vaccine eligibility to all South Carolinians yet

In South Carolina, adults outside of a priority phase can’t begin signing up until May 3.

Hundreds in SC overdue for second COVID-19 vaccine shots

Hundreds of people in our state our overdue for their second dose of one of the coronavirus vaccines, according to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.

  Prisma Health to allow limited visitation due to decreasing COVID rates

This will begin on Wednesday, March 24.

Lexington Medical hosting vaccination event at Swansea High School

The event will be held on Saturday, March 27 from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. in the school’s gymnasium.

Law experts confirm: employers can require COVID-19 vaccination

With the supply of COVID-19 vaccines growing, many companies are encouraging workers to get a shot when they can. That’s led to many questions about how far employers can go to have employees vaccinated.

11 National Guard Soldiers transporting vaccines held at gunpoint in West Texas, suspect arrested

An Arizona man has been arrested after he cut off and held at gunpoint a caravan of National Guardsmen transporting COVID-19 vaccines to Matador, Texas around 7 a.m. this morning, according to Idalou Police.

  Over 1 million SC residents have begun vaccination process

Some South Carolinians still have mixed reactions about getting the vaccine.

Walk-in COVID-19 vaccine clinics scheduled for Orangeburg Co.

The clinics are scheduled at multiple locations in Orangeburg County.

  DHEC: All SC nursing homes required to provide visitation with few limitations

Visitations at nursing homes and long-term care facilities are getting closer to being back to normal for families in South Carolina.

  WATCH: Judi Gatson sits down one-on-one with Dr. Fauci

As vaccines are distributed across the country there are a lot of questions about the shot.

  Family Health Center hosting walk-in vaccination event in Orangeburg

The event will be held on Friday, March 19 from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.

‘The variants are a real threat.’ Former FDA comm. discusses vaccine effectiveness on COVID variants

There are a handful of variants of the COVID-19 virus that are beginning to spread around the world. Experts say those variants could prolong the pandemic if we do not keep them under control.

  Gamecock Park vaccination site closed due to severe weather

For more information, visit www.prismahealth.org/vaccine.

  ‘Today was a blessing’: 103-year-old receives vaccine at Brookland Baptist Church

On Wednesday, the church celebrated a special vaccination.