Here’s everything you need to know about South Carolina’s COVID-19 vaccine plan

South Carolina continues to vaccinate people across the state as more COVID-19 vaccine doses become available.

Due to the limited supply, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control said doses of the vaccine will be made available through phases.

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The state is currently in Phase 1a and 1b of its vaccination plan. The following persons are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in South Carolina, by appointment only:

  • Healthcare workers
  • Anyone age 55 and up
  • Residents and staff of long-term care facilities
  • South Carolina state/local government employees and contractors who are critical to the administration of COVID-19 vaccinations and testing
  • People ages 16 to 64 with a high risk medical condition such as cancer, chronic kidney disease, chronic lung disease, diabetes, Down Syndrome, heart disease, HIV/AIDS, solid organ transplant, obesity, pregnancy and sickle cell disease
  • People with special needs or a high-risk disability
  • Frontline workers such as K-12 school staff and daycare workers, manufacturing workers, grocery store workers, law enforcement officers, etc.
  • Individuals at increased risk in settings where people are living and working in close contact such as group home settings, homeless shelters or correctional facilities

Here is South Carolina’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan to see where you fall in the line:

  • Phase 1a (Currently Ongoing) -- Vaccinations for Phase 1a are anticipated to continue to February 2021. Phase 1a includes: Residents and staff of long-term care facilities; Healthcare personnel, with an initial focus on healthcare workers critical to the mission of preventing death; Admitted hospital patients, who are aged 65 years and older, as long as they do not currently have COVID-19 and a provider feels it is indicated for them; Anyone 65 years and older, regardless of health status or preexisting conditions; State/local government employees and their contractors who are mission-critical for maintaining operations of COVID-19 vaccinations and testing in SC. For a complete list of those currently considered in Phase 1a, click here.
  • Phase 1b (March 8) -- People age 55 and older, people aged 16-54 with certain underlying health conditions that puts them at high risk for severe disease (list by CDC); Frontline essential workers (sectors included by ACIP: firefighters, law enforcement officers, corrections officers, food and agricultural workers, USPS workers, manufacturing workers, grocery store workers, public transit workers, and those who work in the educational sector—teachers, support staff, and daycare workers). For a complete list of those currently considered in Phase 1b, click here.
  • Phase 1c (Approximately April 12) -- People age 45 and older, other essential workers (examples included by ACIP: people who work in transportation and logistics, food service, housing construction and finance, information technology, communications, energy, law, media, public safety, and public health staff who are non-frontline healthcare workers).
  • Phase 2 (Approximately May 3) -- All people who wish to be vaccinated Ages per recommendations by ACIP.

>> For more information on South Carolina’s vaccination plan, click here for our county-by-county guide.

South Carolina, like all states, currently has a limited supply of the COVID-19 vaccine. Some locations that offer the vaccine may not have an appointment available for several weeks, depending on their vaccine supply. Facilities receive doses of vaccine each week from the federal government.

At this time, those eligible to be vaccinated should make an appointment. People must have an appointment scheduled to get the vaccine; walk-ins may not be able to receive the vaccine.

DHEC’s online map shows locations currently accepting appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine and the contact information for scheduling appointments at those locations. The map itself is not a way to schedule an appointment.

In order to receive a vaccine, people will be asked to provide a driver’s license or other form of ID at their appointment that confirms their age. South Carolina residency is not a requirement to receive a vaccine.

People can use SCDHEC’s vax locator map to find the contact location for a facility near them or call DHEC’s COVID-19 Vaccine Information Line at 1-866-365-8110 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week.

For general questions about COVID-19, call the Care Line at 1-855-472-3432 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. The Care Line can’t schedule appointments.

People are encouraged to schedule their second shot as soon as they can. It’s important that individuals receive both doses of the same brand of the vaccine to ensure they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

For the latest COVID-19 vaccine updates and information, visit scdhec.gov/vaxfacts.

Find South Carolina vaccine locations near you below:

Use the map below to find each location’s contact information. Not all vaccination sites are accepting appointments at this time.

York County:

  • Rock Hill Health Department
  • Doctors Care Rock Hill
  • Walgreens-Rock Hill
  • Rock Hill Piedmont Community Vaccine Clinic
  • Publix Pharmacy #1419 -- Currently not accepting appointments
  • Harris Teeter Pharmacy #82 -- Currently not accepting appointments
  • Harris Teeter Pharmacy #370 -- Currently not accepting appointments
  • Harris Teeter Pharmacy #475 -- Currently not accepting appointments
  • Walmart Pharmacy #3359 -- Currently not accepting appointments
  • Ernest G. Brown Women’s and Pediatric Center -- Currently not accepting appointments
  • NORTH CENTRAL FAMILY MEDICAL CENTER -- Currently not accepting appointment
  • Affinity Health Center -- Currently not accepting appointments
  • Good Pharmacy -- Currently not accepting appointments
  • Piedmont Medical Center -- Currently not accepting appointments
  • Publix Pharmacy #1482 -- Currently not accepting appointments
  • Publix Pharmacy #1485 -- Currently not accepting appointments
  • Publix Pharmacy #1486 -- Currently not accepting appointments
  • Harris Teeter Pharmacy #149 -- Currently not accepting appointments
  • Encompass Health Rehab of Rock Hill -- Currently not accepting appointments
  • York Health Department -- Currently not accepting appointments

Chester County:

  • Chester County Health Department
  • MUSC Health- Chester Hospital
  • North Central Family Medicine Chester -- Currently not accepting appointments

Lancaster County:

  • Mackey Family Practice Indian Land
  • Mackey Family Practice Lancaster
  • MUSC Health- Lancaster Hospital
  • Walgreens-Lancaster
  • Lancaster County Health Department
  • Doctors Care Indian Land -- Currently not accepting appointments
  • Publix Pharmacy #1412 -- Currently not accepting appointments
  • Harris Teeter Pharmacy #372 -- Currently not accepting appointments
  • Plexus Health | Lancaster -- Currently not accepting appointments

Chesterfield County:

  • DHEC Mobile Clinic @ Chesterfield County
  • CareSouth Carolina-Chesterfield -- Currently not accepting appointments
  • Chesterfield County Health Department -- Currently not accepting appointments
  • DHEC Mobile Clinic @ Chesterfield -- Currently not accepting appointments

>> Click here for the latest information on how to get the vaccine in your county, and for updated information on vaccine locations accepting appointments, click here.