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All American adults now eligible for coronavirus boosters

Federal health officials signed off on a straightforward boosters-for-all policy, making all American adults eligible for coronavirus vaccine boosters Friday in hopes that a sweeping policy will prompt millions more to get their shots before traveling or seeing family over the holidays.

The move comes as some health experts share concerns about potentially worsening conditions as winter nears and case numbers begin to climb again, with the national seven-day average rising 40% to more than 96,000 Thursday after dipping to almost 69,000 Oct. 25, the lowest point in months.

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices said anyone 18 and older may get a booster and — to stress the urgency of increasing protection for the most vulnerable age group — anyone 50 and older should make sure they get one.

Latest COVID-19 data

South Carolina health officials reported 614 total cases of COVID-19 Nov. 22, with 476 confirmed. A total of 1 new probable death was also reported, but none were confirmed.

Over the weekend, DHEC confirmed 1,208 new cases, with 600 confirmed Saturday and 608 confirmed Sunday. A total of 28 new deaths were confirmed over the weekend, with 12 deaths confirmed Saturday and 16 deaths confirmed Sunday.

With 23,009 tests reported, 2.9% were confirmed positive.

Percentage of eligible S.C. residents with at least one vaccine: 57.4%
Percentage of eligible S.C. residents who have completed vaccination: 49.7%