What you need to know about…

With so much information on COVID-19 research, data, and protocols, it can be an overwhelming experience to understand and discern fact versus fiction. The medical subcommittee of the University Pandemic Task Force spends countless hours ensuring that we stay up-to-date on how to protect our campus and ourselves.

We will continue to add to this page over time with the latest research.

The COVID-19 Vaccine

The following information answers many questions about the new COVID vaccines in the United States.

Latest News

March 3, 2021
South Carolina will advance to Phase 1b of the COVID-19 vaccination plan. Beginning Monday, March 8, the following groups are eligible to make COVID-19 vaccination appointments: ages 55+, ages 16-64 with high-risk medical conditions, special needs persons, and frontline workers (i.e. K-12 and higher education, childcare, healthcare, law enforcement, transportation, retail, food service, government, etc.). 

February 27, 2021
The FDA issued an emergency use authorization for the third COVID-19 vaccine distributing in the U.S. The Janssen vaccine, developed by a Janssen Pharmaceutical Company of Johnson & Johnson, is authorized for use in individuals 18 years of age and older.

February 24, 2021
Moderna has shipped to the National Institutes of Health doses of a new COVID-19 vaccine designed to provide better protection against the highly contagious South African strain. It is ready to be tested in early stage clinical trials to determine its use as a booster shot.

February 18, 2021
Research from Israeli studies find Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine reduces infection, including in asymptomatic cases, by 89.4% and in symptomatic cases by 93.7%. Studies are among the first to suggest a vaccine may stop the spread of COVID-19, not just prevent illness.

February 5, 2021
SCDHEC announced South Carolina residents aged 65 and older, regardless of health status or preexisting conditions, can schedule vaccination appointments beginning Monday, February 8.

January 20, 2021
Johnson & Johnson is looking for emergency use authorization from the FDA soon. It would be the first COVID-19 vaccine to be given in a single shot without a booster.

January 13, 2021
SCDHEC announced vaccine appointment scheduling available for South Carolina residents aged 70 and older.

December 17, 2020
Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna are the two that began rolling out nationwide in December 2020. Here’s what you need to know: click here.

How does each vaccine work?


Vaccination lowers your risk, but while experts learn more about the protection it provides and the possibility of spreading, it is important to still wear a mask. Read more.

Experts cite more reasons for wearing a mask even after vaccination for the time being: new COVID variants, at-risk populations who can’t get vaccinated, and the fact that we don’t discriminate by immune status. More on this here.

Underlying conditions

The CDC provides considerations for people with underlying medical conditions. Read here.

Safety and FAQs

The CDC offers information on safety as well as other answers to frequently asked questions. Read more.

Vaccine Fact Sheets

Vaccine Distribution

State-by-State Guide
The U.S. rollout of the coronavirus vaccine, managed individually by states, has been largely uneven and confusing. Use our guide to check eligibility and see how to get the shot. Read here.

Current Phase in South Carolina: 1b
DHEC’s online map at scdhec.gov/vaxlocator shows the locations currently accepting appointments for COVID-19 vaccine and the map will provide the contact information for scheduling appointments at those locations.

Individuals can call DHEC’s Care Line at 1-855-472-3432 for assistance in locating the contact information for scheduling an appointment.

Locations near CSU

Roper is vaccinating those considered to be in Phase 1a and 1b as defined by DHEC. If you have already received your first dose, you can use the same link but be sure to select the “second dose” clinics to register. Please ensure you are scheduling your second vaccination at the appropriate interval from your first dose.

Patients should call their Roper St. Francis Physician Partners doctor’s office to make an appointment. Due to the complexity of forecasting when doses will arrive, we cannot accommodate unscheduled visitors. Anyone who shows up to get a vaccination without an appointment will be turned away.

For drive-thru appointments: Patients will drive into the parking lot and receive the vaccine from the comfort of their vehicles. Those receiving the vaccine will be required to remain in their vehicles for 15 minutes after getting the vaccine to ensure no adverse side effects. Providers will be on site and ready to treat anyone experiencing a severe reaction.

If you do not have a Roper St. Francis Physician Partners doctor, please call (843) 727-DOCS to schedule your vaccination appointment.

More Info

Trident has informed us that they will vaccinate as long as their supply will allow, however we did receive notice their supply is running low.

Check their status here.

MUSC Health is currently only administering vaccines to those outlined in Phase 1a. As required by the South Carolina DHEC, all patients will need to present credentials to verify they qualify to receive vaccination under Phase 1a. Patients who are not able to present credentials (e.g., employer badge, license, picture of license, paystub) will not be vaccinated and asked to return with proof at their earliest convenience.
Each vaccine recipient is required to schedule an appointment to receive the vaccine. Please direct your students to schedule their 1st and 2nd dose appointments. 2nd dose appointments should be scheduled 19-23 days after the 1st dose. Students must be 18 years or older to receive the vaccine.

Additionally, team members will be asked to sign an attestation form at the point of service, confirming they meet the requirements for Phase 1A.

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