Centers for Disease Control

South Carolina is expected to receive between 200,000 – 300,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine by the end of the year, the state Department of Health and Environmental Control announced today.

According to DHEC, three health care facilities received their allocations of the vaccine yesterday, and another 12 facilities received theirs today. The state expects to receive approximately 43,000 doses by Wednesday.

Health officials announced on Tuesday another 2,303 COVID-19 cases and 4 deaths. In total, 239,119 cases have been reported statewide and 4,402 deaths have been counted.

The state’s rate of positive cases was 19.9% on Tuesday, with 11,589 COVID tests performed.

Vaccinations for the “most essential” employees at health care facilities across the state began yesterday. “The number of doses is currently limited in South Carolina, like in all states,” said state epidemiologist Dr. Linda Bell. “That’s why we are calling on all South Carolinians to step up by stepping back, to ensure the most vulnerable among us and those who keep us alive are vaccinated first.”