What you need to know: The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) will work with the Charleston County School District starting next week to offer vaccine doses to students age 16 and up. MUSC Health pharmacists and doctors will supply Pfizer vaccines and be present to help school nurses administer them.

Dr. Allison Eckard, director of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at MUSC, said the vaccinations will be voluntary and require parental consent.

“They’re going to sign people up through an online registration, and part of the registration will be a parental consent process,” Eckard said. “Because the vaccine is new and some people are still hesitant about getting it, involving the parents is the right thing to do — although state laws don’t actually require parental consent.”

To reduce those risks, MUSC Health will offer COVID vaccines in the district’s eight largest high schools. Other health care organizations will handle the rest of the district’s schools.

For more information, visit web.musc.edu.

Latest COVID-19 data

South Carolina health officials reported 607 confirmed cases of the coronavirus on Friday, with 12 confirmed deaths.

With 18,516 tests reported Friday, 4.6% were positive.

Source: Department of Health and Environmental Control, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation

Confirmed cases in S.C.: 478,046 (+607)
Total positive cases in Charleston County: 42,294 (+61)
Total positive cases in Berkeley County: 17,070 (+27)
Total positive cases in Dorchester County: 17,312 (+58)
Deaths in S.C. from COVID-19: 8,278 (+12)