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Staff reports  | The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) yesterday reported an initial two-dose COVID-19 vaccine series during pregnancy can help prevent COVID-19 hospitalizations among infants and children younger than 6 months old, according to a report from the state Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC). The study indicated that vaccine-induced protective antibodies are present in placental tissue and even breast milk.

“We have known for a while that a COVID-19 vaccination is completely safe and effective for pregnant people,” said SCDHEC’s public health director Dr. Brannon Traxler. “This latest news from CDC is exciting because it not only confirms the benefits for those who are pregnant, but it highlights the benefits for their babies as well. We strongly encourage expectant individuals to get vaccinated and provide that added layer of protection to their babies.”

The CDC study included 379 infants across 20 pediatric hospitals and found that the two-dose series of either Pfizer or Moderna vaccines in pregnant people was 61% effective at preventing hospitalizations in the infants. 

In addition to the recommendations for pregnant people to receive a full two-dose vaccine series, DHEC also is continuing to recommend vaccines for those age 5 and up and booster shots for those eligible. 

Latest COVID-19 data

South Carolina health officials on Wednesday reported 1,611 total new cases of COVID-19, with 922 confirmed, and 166 new deaths, with 145 confirmed.

With 5,704 tests reported Wednesday, 19% were positive, edging far higher than the lower percentage rates seen in the last week as the number of new tests also fell. 

  • Percentage of S.C. residents age 12+ with at least one vaccine: 66.9%
  • Percentage of S.C. residents age 12+ who have completed vaccination: 57.5%
  • Percentage of S.C. residents age 5-11 with at least one vaccine: 18%
  • Percentage of S.C. residents age 5-11 who have completed vaccination: 13.4%

For more information, visit the S.C. SCDHEC COVID-19 dashboard.

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