Vaccination at SRHS
Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System wants to keep you informed about COVID-19 vaccine distribution in South Carolina.
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 the COVID-19 vaccines in Spartanburg, Cherokee and Union counties 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
What are the phases?
The vaccine supply in South Carolina is limited. Once Spartanburg Regional receives confirmation of additional vaccine allocations from the federal government, we will begin notifying eligible individuals who have registered with Spartanburg Regional.
Vaccine administration is occurring in a phased approach.
The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) details the following phases as:
- Phase 1a: https://scdhec.gov/covid19/covid-19-vaccine#phase1a
- Phase 1b: https://scdhec.gov/covid19/covid-19-vaccine#phase1b
- Phase 1c: https://scdhec.gov/covid19/covid-19-vaccine#phase1c
- Phase 2: https://scdhec.gov/covid19/covid-19-vaccine#phase2
What phase am I in?
Please review DHEC’s outline of phases to identify which phase you are in.
How will I know where I can get the vaccine?
DHEC 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?
Residents of Spartanburg, Cherokee and Union counties can visit SpartanburgRegional.com/Vaccine for to fill out a form to be added to Spartanburg Regional’s registration list for the COVID-19 vaccine. Please use a separate e-mail address for each person requesting vaccine. When vaccine becomes available and you become eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, you will be contacted with additional instructions.
Why do I need an 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.
Which vaccine does Spartanburg Regional have?
Spartanburg Regional currently has the Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine.
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.
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 be reminded when it’s time to receive your second shot.
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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