COVID-19 Vaccine distribution in South Carolina

Questions arise for when everyone will be safe to get back to normal.

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Connor Blake and Jada Buggs

The COVID-19 vaccine is in the early phases of being distributed in South Carolina, more specifically in Phase 1A right now but in a little less than a week, that can all change. South Carolina began its distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine in February everywhere it could and after a few weeks, they plan on moving into Phase 1b on March 8th and according to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) currently, only people who are 65 years old or older, many different medical professionals, and other miscellaneous professionals are eligible for the vaccine in Phase 1A. Phase 1B will provide more attention to the 55 or older group and the younger population with health conditions putting them at high risk.

The question of schools still stands and David Shamble, principal at Indian Land High School, located in Lancaster County, was able to answer some questions that many are asking. When asked if he thinks that teachers should be vaccinated to ensure the safety of the school, he replied, “In my opinion, Yes.” His answer was similar when asked if students eligible for the vaccine in Phase 2 should get vaccinated as well, he said “Yes, we need as many people to be vaccinated to achieve herd immunity and stop the mutation process.”

Frontline workers are defined as those who “perform a job that puts them at increased risk of exposure due to their frequent, close and ongoing contact with others in a work environment.” Phase 1B includes these workers as eligible for the vaccine and that’s why educators believe that they are wrapped up in this bunch. Not all educators though, Jeff Venables thinks those educators on leave due to being high risk can come back if they vaccinate everyone else first and avoid vaccinating all teachers before everyone else.