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Charleston County has administered 168,816 vaccine doses according to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Services as of Monday.

The state is still in Phrase 1a, administering doses to individuals over the age of 65 and healthcare workers, though DHEC director Dr. Edward Simmer told lawmakers that S.C. could move into phase 1b as soon as mid-March.

According to DHEC, 96% of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines and 54% of Moderna vaccines have been administered in the state thus far.

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), a group of independent health experts that advise the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), recommended the Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine for use in the U.S. On Sunday, the CDC approved the recommendation of this single-dose vaccine for people 18 and older.

S.C. DHEC announced Monday another 740 new cases out of 25,197 individual tests, resulting in a positive rate of 4.1%.

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