What you need to know today: South Carolina children age 12-15 could be able to get a Pfizer COVID-19 as soon as Wednesday afternoon, The State reports. Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are still only available for those 18 and older.
Children age 12 to 15 will have access to the Pfizer vaccine at any provider, but parents or guardians will need to sign a consent form — these forms might not be required in the future. According to DHEC, the addition of children age 12-15 adds almost 200,000 S.C. residents to the list of people eligible to be vaccinated.
Source: The State
Latest COVID-19 data
South Carolina health officials reported 359 cases of the coronavirus on Wednesday (182 confirmed, 177 probable), with four confirmed deaths.
With 5,854 tests reported Wednesday, 4.7% were positive.
Confirmed cases in S.C.: 486,537 (+359)
Total positive cases in Charleston County: 43,168
Total positive cases in Berkeley County: 17,577
Total positive cases in Dorchester County: 17,830
Deaths in S.C. from COVID-19: 8,453 (+4)