Courtesy MUSC

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control’s board heard a plan Thursday that would shift the distribution of COVID-19 vaccine doses from cities to more rural areas.

Meanwhile, DHEC reported 2,070 new cases of the coronavirus and 45 additional confirmed deaths Friday. With 37,536 tests reported, 8.9% were positive.

Senior Deputy for Public Health Nick Davidson said the dose imbalance was a result of the early vaccine rollout. Doses naturally flowed to urban areas with more healthcare workers, who were being prioritized.

Davidson said the allocation model since then has been based on supply, dose requests, and how quickly those doses were being utilized.

The board appeared receptive to the idea of per-capita distribution, according to WIS-TV, but postponed judgment until the next meeting.