South Carolina is struggling to vaccinate 2.7 million vaccine-eligible residents under its new Phase1B. The group includes those who are 55 and older, teachers and frontline workers with increased exposure at work, among others.
Charleston County is attempting to vaccinate 2,000 teachers per week for the next three weeks, but other Phase1B residents could have trouble scheduling appointments. As of Monday, MUSC announced it was not accepting new appointments for Phase1B, as its waitlist has close to 50,000 names on it.
MUSC is currently receiving 10,000 doses per week, despite having the ability to administer that many doses in a single day, officials said.
On Wednesday, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) announced another 507 positive cases and 17 new confirmed deaths associated with the virus. Out of 17,134 tests, 4.7% were positive.
As of Wednesday, 794,305 South Carolina residents have started vaccination.