twitter.com/pfizer

South Carolina health officials are expecting to have 43,000 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine by Wednesday. High-risk hospital workers and long-term care facility residents will be the first to receive treatment, with some health care facilities vaccinating their front-line medical workers as early as today.

On Monday, health officials reported 2,364 new COVID-19 cases, along with 11 new deaths.

Of 11,633 tests reported on Monday, 20.3% were positive.

“Our top priority is to save lives,” said state epidemiologist Dr. Linda Bell in a press release on Monday. “We ask everyone to please be patient, wait your turn and listen to our public health officials. Doing this will allow public health officials to ensure the most vulnerable among us and those who keep us alive are vaccinated first.”

In addition to front-line medical workers other health care workers who will get priority treatment include: first responders, home health and hospice workers, autopsy staff, coroners and other medical staff at high risk for frequent exposure to COVID-19.