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South Carolina Medicaid: COVID-19 Vaccine

All South Carolina residents six months and older can get a COVID-19 vaccine. All COVID-19 vaccine and boosters are free.

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COVID-19 vaccine options

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted full use authorization for the following COVID-19 vaccine(s):

  • The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, for people 18 and older (2 doses, administered 21 days apart, are needed)
  • The Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty) COVID-19 vaccine, for people 16 and older (2 doses, administered 21 days apart, are needed)

The FDA has granted emergency use authorization for the following COVID-19 vaccines:

  • The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, for people between the ages of 6 months old and 15 (2 doses, administered 21 days apart, are needed for people between 5 and 15; 3 doses for children younger than 5)
  • The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, for children between 6 months old and 5 (2 doses)
  • The Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine, for people 18 years old and older (1 dose needed)

Vaccination for children younger than 5

Children younger than 5 have options for their COVID-19 vaccine:

  • Pfizer vaccine: 3-shot regimen, with the first two shots given between 3 and 8 weeks apart and the last shot given at least 2 months later
  • Moderna vaccine: 2-shot regimen given between 4 and 8 weeks apart

According to the FDA, caregivers should feel comfortable getting either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine for a child.

COVID-19 booster dose

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)1, getting a COVID-19 vaccine is the best way to help protect you from the virus. The CDC recommends everyone eligible for the booster get it.

The CDC recommends a second booster of either Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at least 4 months after the first booster for:

  • Adults ages 50 years and older
  • People who are moderately or severely immunocompromised

Check out this guide from the CDC about COVID-19 vaccine eligibility, when to get the vaccine, and when to get a booster depending on your age, PDF

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COVID-19 vaccine distribution

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) is making real-time information available about:

  • Who is eligible to get a vaccine
  • Where you can get a vaccine

For more information about the COVID-19 vaccine in South Carolina, call the DHEC Vaccine Information Line at 866-365-8110.

Resources

Sources

  1. “Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 Vaccination,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, last accessed June 30, 2022, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/faq.html.

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