Services are being provided by phone and virtual means.
If you need assistance, please call the normal office number: 843-852-4225.
The information on this page has been gathered from DHEC (South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control) and the CDC (Centers for Disease Control).
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DHEC Homebound Vaccination Program - available in all countines
Before making an appointment to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, review the current health and safety recommendations from the CDC and/or your healthcare provider.
When making an appointment, you may need to present credentials to verify you qualify to receive vaccination in that Phase. This includes providing some proof (e.g., badge, card, license, personalized letter from employer, picture of license). You may need to present the same credentials when receiving your scheduled vaccination.
DHEC maintains an updated list of vaccine providers.
Learn more about what to expect at your COVID-19 vaccination appointment.
Read the CDC’s COVID-19 Vaccines handout.
Why should I get the vaccine?
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), getting the COVID-19 vaccine provides additional protection that will help keep you safe, in addition to following recommended social distancing practices.
Do I still need to practice social distancing and wear a mask if I receive the vaccine?
Yes. According to the CDC, you should still wear a mask, practice social distancing, and wash your hands frequently even if you receive the vaccine.
I already had COVID-19 and recovered. Will the vaccine provide any benefit to me?
Yes. The CDC recommends you still receive the vaccine. For more information regarding your health, please talk to your primary care physician.
What are the most common side effects?
Some common side effects at the injection site include soreness, redness, or warmth to the touch. Some people report chills, fatigue, headache, or fever after getting the vaccine, especially the second dose. For more information about side effects of the vaccines approved for emergency use, visit the CDC's website.
How can I report any severe side effects or issues that I have?
When you receive the vaccine, you will be given information about where to report adverse effects, including the CDC’s new V-safe system. You can also complete a Vaccine Adverse Event Report System (VAERS) report online.
If you experience a severe allergic reaction, the FDA recommends you call 911 or go to the nearest hospital.
Can I get COVID-19 from the vaccine?
According to the CDC, no. None of the COVID-19 vaccines contain the live virus that causes COVID-19 so a COVID-19 vaccine cannot make you sick with COVID-19. The vaccine carries genetic material that allows your immune system to create antibodies that will combat the COVID-19 virus.
What can I do to protect myself from getting COVID-19 until I can get the vaccine?
Follow these recommendations:
How long do I have to wait before the vaccine is fully effective?
People are generally considered to be fully vaccinated (i.e., the vaccine is fully effective) two weeks after their second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or two weeks after receiving the single-dose Johnson & Johnson Janssen vaccine.
What can I do once I have been fully vaccinated?
The CDC provides extensive guidance for people who are fully vaccinated, including choosing indoor and outdoor activities and what to be aware of if you are considering domestic and international travel.
Is the COVID-19 vaccine free?
Vaccine doses purchased with U.S. taxpayer dollars will be given to the American people at no cost. However, vaccination providers may be able to charge administration fees for giving the shot. Vaccination providers can get this fee reimbursed by the patient’s public or private insurance company or, for uninsured patients, by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Provider Relief Fund.
Visit DHEC’s website for Information about COVID-19 vaccination.
Call DHEC’s Vaccine Information Line at 1-866-365-8110 between 7:00 am and 7:00 pm, seven days a week.
Visit the CDC’s website for Key Things to Know About COVID-19 Vaccines.
The COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic is an ongoing, rapidly changing situation. Please monitor publicly available information and always follow federal, state and local health organization guidance and government mandates. The information herein is intended to assist individuals with guidance about the COVID-19 vaccine.
The information provided herein is obtained from publicly available sources, including the CDC and DHEC. This information may vary and will be updated depending upon current situations. Due to the ever-chaning nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, be advised that SCCB gives no assurances as to the accuracy or completeness of the information provided. Further, the information contained herein is provided for general informational purposes only, and should not be construed as legal advice on any subject matter. Before relying on the information on this page, please check with DHEC, the CDC, or your healthcare provider to determine if there is additional, or more up-to-date, information.