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Staff reports | Much of the United States began administering coronavirus vaccines to children below the age of 5 today, allowing babies and toddlers greater protection from the ongoing pandemic. 

Meanwhile, state health officials today reported 9,726 total new cases of Covid-19 — compared to last week’s 10,035 — and two total new deaths, compared to last week’s four. As of June 21, 240 Covid-19-positive individuals were hospitalized, and seven were on ventilators. Compared to last week’s 283 hospitalizations and 11 ventilators.   

The vaccine rollout has been met with mixed reactions from parents, with some breathing a sigh of relief and others remaining skeptical. Still, it marks an important milestone in the pandemic, health experts say, as this age group was the last demographic that did not have the chance to keep themselves maximally safe from Covid infections. 

The rollout comes just a week after the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, after multiple delays, signed off on Moderna and Pfizer’s vaccines for children as young as 6 months. 

About one in five parents plan to vaccinate their young children immediately, according to a recent Kaiser Health poll

Latest COVID-19 data

The state Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) transitioned to weekly reporting of new Covid data in March. The most recent numbers were reported Tuesday and covered June 4-June 11.

State health officials today reported 9,726 total new cases of Covid-19 — compared to last week’s 10,035 — and two total new deaths, compared to last week’s four. As of June 21, 240 Covid-19-positive individuals were hospitalized, and seven were on ventilators. Compared to last week’s 283 hospitalizations and 11 ventilators.    

No positivity rate was reported by DHEC.

  • Percentage of S.C. residents age 12+ with at least one vaccine: 67.1%
  • Percentage of S.C. residents age 12+ who have completed vaccination: 58%
  • Percentage of S.C. residents age 5-11 with at least one vaccine: 20.2%
  • Percentage of S.C. residents age 5-11 who have completed vaccination: 16.4%

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