January 8, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccination Sites

The South Carolina Medical Association supports all physicians getting vaccinated.  We are excited to help independent physicians and their medical staff gain access more quickly to the vaccine. 

The SCMA has worked around the clock during the holiday season to open the access sites for vaccinations, working with DHEC and the Governor’s office to ensure that all physicians have equal access to the vaccine.  The SCMA provided valuable information on how general practitioners, pediatricians, and others are still exposed to COVID-19, and why front line physicians are not just at hospitals. The SCMA also provide information on how all physicians are exposed through patient care and the need to keep our physician offices open through this crisis. Thanks to these efforts, DHEC updated its 1a Guidance on January 1st to tell hospitals to open vaccines to non-affiliated physicians, and then again on January 6th to clarify in the guidance that vaccinations should occur for all physicians and their medical staff, not just those treating COVID-19.  Please refer here for DHEC’s most recent 1a Guidance as the agency is updating it often.
Early this week SCMA Members received early lists of vaccination sites that could be utilized by non-affiliated hospitals.  We want to thank the SC Hospital Association who has worked to obtain contacts at each hospital for non-affiliated physicians and their medical staff to register.  The site is now public, and can be found here. You should also have received a message from LLR at the email you use for updating your license providing the same information.  For ease, the most current list of where to register for the vaccine below this message. 

We know that many of you have been frustrated as you could not register for the vaccine until this week.  However, many access sites are now open.  Please register your practice by January 15th. Registration includes signing up for a scheduled vaccination or getting on a hospital list so that the hospital can reach out as additional vaccine is available.  In speaking with DHEC today, many additional new sites that are not at hospitals will be opened on Monday and Tuesday next week, and these sites and how to register will be made available on DHEC's website.   

New FAQs:

  • Must you be vaccinated in the county you work in? No. DHEC has told hospitals to vaccinate physicians and staff that encounter patients. The Agency will be re-messaging this today.  If a hospital asked you to go elsewhere, please try again and let them know you need the vaccination and have been told there are no geographic restrictions. 
  • What does the January 15th date mean? Physicians and staff can still register for vaccinations after the 15th.  However, at that time DHEC will reassess when it should begin scheduling Phase 1b vaccinations in order to keep the roll out moving fast. 
  • How many doses are the sites receiving and when? DHEC has a dashboard with this information that is updated daily.  
  • Why are 60 and up getting vaccinated? DHEC has not changed its core 1a Guidance authorizing the vaccine to front line workers to allow persons at a set age to be vaccinated. However, DHEC has provided guidance to hospitals that with patients admitted to the hospital, it may be appropriate to vaccinate a vulnerable admission, depending on the care being received. You can read this guidance here. 
  • Can I volunteer to give the vaccine? DHEC is in the process of setting up a volunteer sign up where physicians or others may sign up to help vaccinate South Carolina. 

Are hospitals vaccinating patients? SC DHEC has provided guidance on vaccinating patients who are admitted to a hospital, without COVID-19, above the age of 65.  DHEC provided this guidance today in response to requests to vaccinate our most vulnerable populations within hospital settings. 

Vaccination Sites and Contact Information Linked Here and Listed Below

Abbeville Area Medical Center covid19vac@abbevilleareamc.com 864-625-0582
Aiken Regional Medical Centers LLC Aikencovid@uhsinc.com
Allendale County Hospital beckyr@achospital.org 803-632-3311; ext 235
AnMed Health covidvaccine@anmedhealth.org
Beaufort Memorial Hospital healthupdates@bmhsc.org
Bon Secours St Francis Health System SCCovidVaccine@bshsi.org 864-351-9527
Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center covidvaccine@cprmc.com
Coastal Carolina Hospital HHRH_COVID_VACCINE_INFORMATION@tenethealth.com
Colleton Medical Center 843-782-2653
Conway Medical Center CMCCovidVaccineRequest@cmc-sc.com
East Cooper Medical Center 843-881-0100
Grand Strand Medical Center 843-692-1000
Hampton Regional Medical Center vaccinerequest@hamptonregional.org
Hilton Head Hospital HHRH_COVID_VACCINE_INFORMATION@tenethealth.com
Kershaw Hospital LLC covidvaccine@kershawhealth.org
Lake City Community Hospital (activated Pee Dee Family Practice) 843-394-5471
Lexington Medical Center covidvaccine@lexhealth.org, 803-739-3363
McLeod Health Lesli McGee, lkennedy@mcleodhealth.org, 843-777-8502
MUSC Health covidvaccinerequest@musc.edu
Newberry County Memorial Hospital (803) 405-7487
Prisma Health COVIDVaccine@Prismahealth.org
Providence Health 803-256-5866, Accepting calls Monday-Friday from 8am-2pm
Regional Medical Center Mickey Whisenhunt, mwhisenhunt@regmed.com, 803-707-6476
Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System signupcovidvaccine@srhs.com
Summerville Medical Center (843) 970-5000
Tidelands Health https://tidelandshealth.org/employerenrollment
Trident Medical Center (843) 797-7000