COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs
Vaccination at SRHS
Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System wants to keep you informed about COVID-19 vaccine distribution.
Thank you for continuing to take precautions against COVID-19. For every time you have protected yourself and others by wearing a mask, practicing social distancing, and washing your hands, thank you. These behaviors continue to be important as the vaccine becomes available.
The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) administers COVID-19 vaccines as part of the state’s distribution plan. Spartanburg Regional is committed to distributing COVID-19 vaccine as quickly, efficiently, and equitably as possible.
At this time, South Carolina, like other states across the nation, has limited doses of the COVID-19 vaccines.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where I can get the vaccine? The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control has an interactive map of vaccination locations, along with information on supply.
How can I be added to Spartanburg Regional’s COVID-19 vaccine registration list?
South Carolinians ages 16 and older can complete a form to be added to Spartanburg Regional’s registration list for the COVID-19 vaccine. Use a separate e-mail address for each person requesting vaccine. If you have registered at SpartanburgRegional.com/Vaccine and are eligible to receive the vaccine, you can expect to receive additional information within five business days by e-mail.
In addition, vaccine appointments can now be scheduled at:
- Immediate Care Center – Westside
- Medical Affiliates - North Grove
Why do I need an individual e-mail address to register for the vaccine?
The information regarding vaccine availability and appointments will be distributed via email. The VAMS (Vaccine Administration Management System) software, which the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the federal government are using to track appointments, requires an individual email address for each person receiving the vaccine. If you do not have an email address, please call Spartanburg Regional’s COVID-19 Customer Service Line at 864-577-4091 and request to be placed on the registration list.
Who is eligible for the vaccine in South Carolina?
Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System is currently vaccinating all South Carolinians ages 16 and up, in accordance with DHEC’s vaccine distribution guidance.
If you would like more information on the phases of vaccine distribution, review DHEC’s outline of phases.
How much will the vaccine cost?
According to DHEC, the federal government will cover the cost of the vaccine. There will be no out-of-pocket costs for the vaccine. Medicare, Medicaid and private insurers will cover the cost of vaccine administration. It is possible that healthcare providers may charge an office visit fee, or a fee to administer the vaccine. Administrative costs for the vaccine for the uninsured will be covered by the federal Health Resources and Services Administration.
What do I need to do to prepare for my vaccine appointment?
Please bring an insurance card (if you have one), along with a mask to wear for the duration of your visit.
Should I alter my wellness or medical treatments prior to my vaccine appointment?
You must not have received a vaccine (e.g. flu, pneumonia, shingles, etc.) 14 days prior to receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.
Can I bring someone to my vaccine appointment?
Yes. If you need assistance, you can bring a support person with you to the vaccine clinic. They will not receive a vaccine unless they have an appointment as well. Your support person needs to wear a mask the entire time.
Will I need to stand for a long time?
There is some walking, but there is the opportunity to sit throughout the process. There are also wheelchairs available.
Which vaccine does Spartanburg Regional have?
Spartanburg Regional currently has the Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at its vaccine clinic located at the University of South Carolina – Upstate.
Is more than one dose required for the COVID-19 vaccine?
The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine requires two doses separated by an interval of 21 days. The Moderna vaccine requires two doses separated by 28 days. The different vaccine products are NOT interchangeable. The series of two doses must be completed with the same vaccine product, according to DHEC.
How will I know when to get my second dose?
After receiving your first shot, you will receive a paper immunization record completed at the time of vaccination. It will include the vaccine you received, date and location, and date when your next shot is needed. You will receive your second shot appointment before you leave.
The vaccine you receive and when you need the second dose is confidential health information that is carefully managed to protect your privacy.
Vaccine information and safety
Are COVID-19 vaccines safe?
The COVID-19 vaccines have been tested through clinical trials across the country that show they are both safe and effective. The COVID-19 vaccines are being put through the same FDA authorization process as all other vaccines.
How can a safe vaccine be made so quickly?
Vaccine development typically takes many years. However, scientists began research for coronavirus vaccines during previous outbreaks caused by related coronaviruses, such as SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) and MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome). That earlier research provided a head start for the rapid development of vaccines to protect against infection with the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
What are the temporary symptoms of the vaccine?
Any vaccine or medication can cause temporary symptoms. These are typically minor, such as a sore arm or low-grade fever, which will go away within a few days. Temporary symptoms, like fever and body aches, are an indication that the vaccine is working.
Will people who already had COVID-19 be able to receive the vaccine?
COVID-19 vaccination should be offered to you regardless of whether you already had COVID-19 infection. You should not be required to have an antibody test before you are vaccinated.
However, anyone currently infected with COVID-19 should wait to get vaccinated until after their illness has resolved and after they have met the criteria to discontinue isolation.
Additionally, current evidence suggests that reinfection with the virus that causes COVID-19 is uncommon in the 90 days after initial infection. Therefore, people with a recent infection may delay vaccination until the end of that 90-day period if desired.
Should I get vaccinated if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?
The Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine strongly recommends that pregnant and lactating people have access to COVID-19 vaccines and that they discuss the benefits and risks of the vaccine with their healthcare providers. Recent data suggests that pregnant people are more likely to have severe cases of COVID-19, including an increased risk of ICU admission and death. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists also recommends that COVID-19 vaccines should not be withheld from pregnant individuals who meet the criteria for vaccination based on ACIP-recommended priority groups. They also recommend that COVID-19 vaccines be offered to lactating individuals similar to non-lactating individuals when they meet the criteria for receipt of the vaccine based on prioritization groups outlined by the ACIP. If you have specific questions, please contact your doctor.
Should I get the vaccine if I have diabetes/a heart condition/immune suppression, etc.?
In general, yes, it is very important for people with health conditions/comorbidities to get the vaccine. People with underlying health issues and older people are at high risk for COVID-19 complications. It is strongly recommended that you get vaccinated as soon as possible.
Should I get vaccinated if I am immunocompromised or taking immunosuppressant therapy?
The Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) does not restrict vaccination for those who are immunosuppressed or taking immunosuppressant therapy. Immunocompromised persons, including individuals receiving immunosuppressant therapy, may have a diminished immune response to the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. If you have specific questions, please ask your doctor.
If I had COVID-19 and received monoclonal antibody therapy, does that affect my receiving the vaccine?
If you received passive antibody therapy, such as convalescent plasma, the CDC recommends waiting 90 days to avoid interaction between the therapy and the vaccine, which might reduce the effectiveness of the vaccine.
How can I learn more?
Visit scdhec.gov/COVID19vaccine for the most up-to-date information.
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