With private companies issuing vaccine mandates in Columbia, the city itself has yet to do so for its employees. The city audited its workforce last month and found that just more than half of employees were vaccinated. Since offering a $500 incentive to get the shot, that percentage is up to 78%.
By Lauran Neergaard and Mike Stobbe
Millions more Americans can get a COVID-19 booster and choose a different company’s vaccine for that next shot, federal health officials said Thursday.
DHEC reports 1,059 new cases of COVID-19 and 62 additional virus related deaths in South Carolina.
American Association of Nurse Practitioners honors UofSC nursing students and staff for pandemic service
The American Association of Nurse Practitioners is honoring the life saving efforts of the University of South Carolina School of Nursing students and staff during the pandemic.
The number of Americans looking for COVID-19 booster shots now exceeds those getting first time vaccinations. The CDC says there are 1.3 times as many booster every day as there are first time vaccinations, and that number could only go up as the CDC Vaccine Advisory Committee meets to make key decisions on booster recommendations.
DHEC reports 879 new cases of COVID-19 and 44 additional virus related deaths in the Palmetto State.
By Matthew Perrone and Lauran Neergaard
U.S. regulators on Wednesday signed off on extending COVID-19 boosters to Americans who got the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine and said anyone eligible for an extra dose can get a brand different from the one they received initially.
DHEC says out of the 120 breakthrough deaths among vaccinated individuals in September, 97% of people had a pre-existing condition.
An independent CDC advisory panel is meeting to discuss recommending Moderna and Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine boosters for emergency use authorization. This comes as the Biden administration announces its rollout plan for vaccines for children ages 5-11, once the FDA signs off.
Governor McMaster reacts to warning from federal officials about COVID-19 rules to protect health care workers
Governor Henry McMaster called a recent warning from federal officials about the state’s COVID-19 workplace standards a “preemptive strike.”