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All South Carolina residents aged 16-and-older are now eligible to be vaccinated, as of Wednesday. The Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are available for those 18-and-older, and 16- and 17-year-old young adults can schedule an appointment to receive the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

In order to keep up with new appointments, local hospitals are anticipating an increase in shipments of all three vaccines. MUSC officials said the hospital received 24,000 Pfizer vaccinations this week, and Roper St. Francis plans to administer 1,400 vaccinations per day at its drive-thru clinic in the parking garage at the North Charleston Coliseum.

MUSC is only accepting appointments two weeks out for the time being, and Roper officials said the earliest available appointments right now are in early May.

On Wednesday, DHEC reported 474 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 465,142. After 19 new confirmed deaths, 8,075 South Carolinians have died from the virus.

Out of 10,665 tests Wednesday, 6.6% came back positive.