Doses of the Pfizer vaccine were administered to MUSC employees Tuesday | MUSC Public Affairs and Media Relations Twitter

South Carolina has received 42,900 doses of the Pfizer vaccine, The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) reported on Wednesday.

DHEC also announced another 2,424 COVID-19 cases and 42 deaths on Wednesday. In total, 241,471 cases have been reported statewide and 4,444 deaths have been counted. The state’s rate of positive cases was 20.6% on Wednesday, with 11,786 tests performed.

State epidemiologist Dr. Linda Bell issued a statement Wednesday, saying that DHEC and its federal, state and local partners are committed to eventually vaccinating every South Carolina resident who wants to be inoculated.

“DHEC is working with stakeholders across the state to ensure the vaccines are provided to the public in a manner that is both equitable and ethical, starting with our most vulnerable residents,” she said. “We are confident enough vaccines will be available for everyone within the next year.”  

Bell went on to say that she would “be among the first waiting in line to roll up (her) sleeve and get vaccinated.” 

After a short shipping delay, MUSC received 5,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine Tuesday afternoon and began administering them to employees. Vaccinations will be staggered due to side effects, but MUSC expects all employees who want a vaccine to have one by the end of December. Sources: News2, Live5