SC reports nearly 800 new COVID-19 cases

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control said the latest test results for COVID-19 revealed 792 new confirmed cases.

  Wayne Co. School District preparing to vaccinate teachers

Bryan County School District helping staff get COVID vaccine

SC reports more than 1,000 new COVID-19 cases

New major Community Vaccination Center being built in Atlanta

LINK: Finding vaccine locations in Georgia, South Carolina

Colleton County School District to hold employee vaccine clinics

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  Chatham Co. officials preparing for mass vaccination site, looking to provide transportation

DPH encourages people in Phase 1A+ to schedule vaccine appointments soon

SC reports 819 new COVID-19 cases, 38 new deaths

  SCCPSS prepares for teacher vaccinations as students continue hybrid learning

  Mass vaccination site to open in Chatham County on March 17

SC reports 583 new COVID-19 cases as state surpasses 6 million total tests given

  Effingham Co. School District announces plan for staff vaccine roll out

“As soon as last Friday when the Governor made his announcement, we had a meeting Monday with our local department of public health, and they’re ready to roll it out,” said ECSD Superintendent Dr. Ford regarding a vaccine distribution plan in the district.

SC opens phase 1b of vaccine rollout; here’s a full list of who’s eligible

Appointments open March 8 for everyone in phase 1b.

  S.C. teachers eligible for COVID-19 vaccine in Phase 1B

Now that South Carolina has entered Phase 1B of the COVID-19 vaccine roll out, teachers are officially included in the eligibility to be vaccinated.

SC reports fewer than 500 new COVID-19 cases for first time since September

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control reported fewer than 500 newly-confirmed cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, the lowest single-day total since late September.

  What you need to know about the new Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine

Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine is coming to the Coastal Health District

SC will get 41,000 J&J vaccine doses this week, DHEC says

SC reports more than 740 new COVID-19 cases, 14 deaths

  Ga. school districts preparing to vaccinate teachers, staff

SC reports more than 1,197 new COVID-19 cases, 35 deaths

SC reports more than 1,112 new COVID-19 cases, 18 deaths

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control said Saturday's test results show more than 1,000 new COVID-19 cases in the Palmetto State.

DHEC seeks to expand homebound vaccinations, provides update on next phase

The state health department wants to expand a program to vaccinate homebound people.

  SCCPSS prepares for vaccine expansion to include school staff

SCCPSS is excited to be able to work towards vaccinating their 5,600 employees.

  Hilton Head Regional rescheduling vaccine appointments after supply shortage

Over the last few weeks, hundreds of vaccination appointments have been canceled at Hilton Head Regional.

  Liberty Co. School District preparing to help staff get COVID vaccine

Georgia schools are preparing for staff vaccinations after Governor Brian Kemp announced Thursday that the state will be expanding eligibility.

  Coastal Health District director provides COVID report to Chatham Co. Commission

A COVID-19 status report was provided to Chatham County Commission on Friday by the director of the Coastal Health District.

  School staff in Ga. eligible for COVID vaccine in early March

Teachers and school staff in Georgia, along with a group of “medically fragile” residents, will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in early March.

DHEC launches pilot program to bring vaccine to homebound residents

Some people in South Carolina who are homebound will have a way to get their COVID-19 vaccines.

DHEC: 1A Demand for vaccine will determine when SC moves to Phase 1B

Dr. Linda bell says DHEC isn’t looking at the percentage of people who received the vaccine already but rather the amount of demand that remains for the vaccine from those in Phase 1A.

  Health leaders address vaccine hesitancy

As more COVID-19 vaccines become available, Latinos and Blacks aren’t getting those shots at the same rate as whites.

  WATCH: Tracking the Vaccine: Discussing Disparities

WTOC is hosting a roundtable discussion addressing the needs and concerns of our Black and Hispanic communities when it comes to COVID-19 and the vaccine.

  Kingdom Life Christian Fellowship hosts vaccine clinic for underserved communities

Kingdom Life Christian Fellowship has officially been transformed into a COVID-19 vaccine clinic. It’s thanks to a unique partnership to bring the vaccine directly to the community.

  DHEC director: South Carolina could be ready to move to Phase 1b in 2-3 weeks

South Carolina could start transitioning to Phase 1b in the COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan in about two to three weeks

South Carolina lawmakers discuss teacher vaccine bill

Lawmakers reassured Spearman they want teachers to be vaccinated, but not before our vulnerable senior citizen population.

  COVID-19 vaccine could impact mammogram results

Some women’s health groups recommend delaying any annual mammogram if they’ve been vaccinated. But one local doctor says that’s not exactly necessary.

  4 mass vaccination sites open in Georgia

All morning and afternoon, the first day of vaccinations at the Macon Farmers Market saw a non-stop stream of Georgians in the 1A-Plus category drive in for their vaccine.

Sign up now: COVID-19 vaccination clinic being held Wednesday on Savannah’s Southside

A new opportunity for you to get the COVID-19 vaccine is happening this week in Savannah.

Calls for prioritizing those with pre-existing conditions for the COVID-19 vaccine grow

One Columbia man with spinal muscular atrophy is calling for high-risk individuals to be moved up in line.

SC still struggling to get adequate vaccine supply for appointments

The supply shortage was made worse by the crippling storms across the nation, which delayed shipments.

  Local organizations team up for COVID-19 vaccine clinic

As vaccine efforts continue, unique partnerships keep popping up to help eligible people get an appointment.

  COVID variants hit Georgia; doctor warns of imminent spread

Coastal Health District Director Dr. Lawton Davis says in just a matter of months, a coronavirus variant from the United Kingdom - also known as B.1.1.7 - could become the dominant strain in Georgia and South Carolina.

Publix opens more pharmacies for vaccine appointments in SC

Citizens currently eligible for the vaccine can make an appointment.

Lowcountry hospitals forced to change COVID vaccination appointments as weather disrupts supply

If you have a COVID-19 vaccine appointment scheduled in the Lowcountry, hospitals and clinics are being forced to cancel over 1,000 appointments.

  Nearly 2,000 vaccinated, 900 on waiting list at Evans Memorial Hospital

Communities, large and small, struggle to get enough doses of the vaccine to keep up with the demand.

4 mass vaccination sites to open in Georgia next week

Four mass vaccination sites will open in Georgia on Monday, Feb. 22.

  Over 1.5 million COVID-19 vaccine shots administered in Georgia

As of Thursday, Feb. 18, Georgia has given more than 1.5 million COVID-19 vaccine shots.

Line begins forming early ahead of Colleton County COVID vaccine clinic

Fetter Health Care is hosting its first COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Colleton County beginning Thursday morning.

  Senior Citizens, Inc. working with state leaders to administer vaccines to homebound seniors

Senior Citizens, Inc. is working with the Georgia Department of Public Health to help bring the COVID-19 vaccine to more homebound seniors.

Hospice Savannah hosting COVID-19 vaccine clinic Friday

Hospice Savannah will be offering COVID-19 vaccines on Friday, Feb. 19.

  Gov. Brian Kemp visits Savannah State, discusses vaccine hesitancy and equity

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp made a stop in the Hostess City today visiting Savannah State University. He discussed the COVID-19 vaccine on the campus of one of Georgia’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

SC doctors say side effects from COVID-19 vaccine are normal

Dr. Albrecht says the younger you are, the stronger your immune system, which means you’re more likely to experience symptoms, like soreness, fatigue, chills headaches and fevers.

Winter weather causing COVID-19 vaccine shipment delays in Ga.

The recent severe winter weather across the United States is impacting shipments of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH).

  Faith leaders partner with St. Joseph’s/Candler to build community trust in COVID-19 vaccine

It’s a new initiative to serve those who are often underrepresented.

  Why you should keep wearing a mask after you’ve been vaccinated

As more and more people get the COVID-19 vaccine, a lot of people are wondering the same question—do you or do you not need to continue wearing a mask?

  SCCPSS board member pushing for teacher vaccinations in Ga.

As Georgia continues to vaccinate seniors, healthcare workers, and first responders, a Savannah-Chatham school board member is urging the state to make the shots available to teachers.

Ga. DPH launches new COVID-19 vaccine dashboard

The Georgia Department of Public Health has launched a new COVID-19 vaccine dashboard on their website, providing a detailed, transparent picture of vaccination administration in Georgia.

AARP SC holding COVID-19 Vaccine town hall with McMaster, health leaders

AARP SC is hosting a live, telephone town hall-style event with Gov. Henry McMaster, DHEC Director Dr. Edward Simmer and DHEC Epidemiologist Dr. Linda Bell.

State leaders to discuss vaccine hesitancy in Ga.

Georgia leaders continue to educate the public concerning the COVID-19 vaccine.

SC teacher groups react to new CDC guidance on reopening schools

The report suggests vaccination of teachers is not a key prerequisite for reopening schools.

  Coastal Health District director provides Chatham Co. Commission with COVID-19 update

The Coastal Health District provided a COVID-19 update to Chatham County Commission on Friday. Not only discussing where we are now in the battle against the virus, but where we’re headed.

  Don’t try to skirt the ‘caregiver’ designation to get your COVID vaccine

Caregivers are one of the groups eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in the current Phase 1A+. The director of the Coastal Health District said they’ve sent some people home who stretched the truth.

  DHEC holds vaccination event in Ridgeland

Hundreds of people over the age of 65 were able to come to Ridgeland and get their first COVID-19 vaccine.

  One-day clinic in Vidalia administers almost 200 doses of COVID-19 vaccine

A one-day clinic in Vidalia on Thursday offered 170 doses of the first round of the vaccine.

  St. Joseph’s/Candler Health System officials pleased with impact of COVID vaccine

It’s been said many times that the COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective. But St. Joseph’s/Candler Health System officials believe they can prove it with new data from their vaccinated staff.

DHEC permits providers to give vaccine outside of phase eligibility in order to avoid waste

Vaccine providers are allowed to give doses to people who are outside of the phase eligibility, but only as a last resort, according to the Department of Health and Environmental Control.

‘These are difficult decisions’: DHEC addresses public’s concerns on who to include in vaccine phases

The leading doctor in South Carolina’s fight against COVID-19 said she knows that the vaccine distribution process has been frustrating for many people who are waiting to see if they will be next in line.

Vaccine Tourism: A closer look at vaccine residency requirements in S.C., neighboring states

Across the country, the lifesaving COVID-19 vaccine supply remains scarce, while the demand to get it remains high.

  Richmond Hill Pharmacy receiving fewer COVID-19 vaccines than they request

Like many places, they’re not getting the doses they’re requesting, so scheduling first and second doses has been a challenge.

SC Senate passes bill to move teachers to the front of the vaccine line

In the state’s rollout plans, teachers are in Phase 1B, but education advocates have been calling for teachers to be moved up.

  Beaufort County schools sees decrease in quarantine data from January

WTOC first reported in January that 1,000 students had been quarantined in the Beaufort County School District. Today, the district is still dealing with several quarantines but they say that doesn’t mean there are several positive cases.

Teacher reacts to McMaster’s tweets on not allowing educators to ‘jump the line’ for vaccines

Educators who are actually still in the classroom say they’re just asking to work safely.

As demand for the vaccine grows, rural clinics audible under pressure

People ages 65 to 69 can now request an appointment, and some rural clinic leaders say they’ve had to change tactics to meet demand even before the new group arrived.

  South Carolina now scheduling COVID-19 vaccine appointments for those 65+

In South Carolina the next group in line eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine can now start making their appointments.

  Vaccine appointments open Monday for those 65+ in South Carolina

The governor of South Carolina and the Department of Health and Environmental Control announced Wednesday the age of those eligible to receive the COVDI-19 vaccine is being expanded to anyone 65 and older.

Smokers could be eligible for COVID vaccine in Phase 1C ahead of general public

When the third of the vaccine rollout begins, people with “underlying health conditions,” including smoking, will be eligible to receive the COVID vaccine.

McMaster takes to Twitter again on stand against moving teachers higher in SC vaccine priority

Gov. Henry McMaster says the state must prioritize saving lives in the COVID-19 pandemic by first protecting South Carolinians “at greatest risk of dying and those who keep them — and the rest of us — alive.”

  Johnson & Johnson requests emergency use authorization for COVID-19 vaccine

The vaccines produced by Moderna and Pfizer received an emergency use authorization by the FDA just a few weeks ago. Now, Johnson and Johnson is asking to do the same. The company put in the request yesterday.

  Vaccination event held for eligible Georgia Southern faculty, students

Dozens of people from Georgia Southern University’s three campuses received the COVID-19 vaccine on Friday.