The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) announced the state has administered over one million doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. A total of 1,003,558 Pfizer and Moderna doses have been given to South Carolinians as of Tuesday.
State health officials are expecting to receive 41,000 doses of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine this week, and hospitals will begin to administer the single-dose vaccine once it receives official DHEC approval.
“We believe this new vaccine will help speed up vaccination efforts across the state because it’s a single-dose shot and also can be stored easily, at refrigerated temperatures, for several months,” said state epidemiologist Dr. Linda Bell in a press release. “When it’s your turn, I recommend you get any vaccine offered to you. Pfizer, Moderna, and Janssen vaccines are all safe and effective at preventing severe illness and deaths.”
On Wednesday, the Department of Health and Environmental Control announced another 583 cases of COVID-19, bringing the total to 446,169. A total of 6,016,494 tests have been administered, and 7,626 people have died from the virus in South Carolina.