As South Carolina awaits the first shipment of the Johnson & Johnson Janssen vaccine, the state prepares to move into phase 1b on Monday, March 8.

This phase of the vaccine rollout would allow individuals 55 and older to get vaccinated along with essential workers, such as grocery store employees and teachers, and people between the ages of 16 and 54 who are at a particularly high risk of contracting COVID-19.

CNN reported the first truck transporting the Johnson & Johnson Jenssen vaccine arrived at the UPS hub in Louisville, Kentucky, on Monday. South Carolina is expecting to receive its share of this single-dose vaccine on Friday or Saturday, according to Gov. McMaster.

South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control reported another 819 cases out of 21,020 tests, making 5.5% of the tests positive. In total, the state has recorded 7,660 COVID-related deaths to date.