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Staff reports | Vaccine providers point to declining demand, large minimum orders and multidose vials to explain the extreme amounts of waste when it comes to Covid-19 vaccines in the U.S.

Meanwhile, state health officials today reported 8,913 total new cases  of Covid-19 — a slight increase over last week’s 8,648 — and four total new deaths, compared to last week’s two. As of June 8, 266 COVID-19-positive individuals were hospitalized, and five were on ventilators. Compared to last week’s 214 hospitalizations and eight ventilators.   

Pharmacies and state and federal agencies have discarded more than 82 million Covid vaccine doses between December 2020-May 2022 — more than a tenth of the doses provided by the federal government, according to data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

More than a quarter of the total wasted doses came from retail pharmacy chains CVS and Walmart, in part due to the volume of vaccine doses the two handled during that time period. Two states — Oklahoma and Alaska — threw away more than a quarter of the doses provided to them, data show. 

Some of the wasted doses were those that had expired before they could be used, others were those that spoiled due to power loss or mechanical issues with freezers. 

Experts and officials have said the wasted shots mean reduced supply, making it even more difficult to get shots into people’s arms. 

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 Wednesday and covered May 29-June 5.

State health officials today reported 8,913 total new cases  of Covid-19 — a slight increase over last week’s 8,648 — and four total new deaths, compared to last week’s two. As of June 8, 266 COVID-19-positive individuals were hospitalized, and five were on ventilators. Compared to last week’s 214 hospitalizations and eight 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.


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