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South Carolina COVID Vaccine update: March 2, 2021

South Carolina’s governor, schools leader, and health director will give an update on the vaccine distribution plan.

Gov. Henry McMaster, Education Superintendent Molly Spearman, and DHEC Director Dr. Edward Simmer are set to speak at 10 a.m. You’ll be able to see their remarks in the video player above.

It’s unclear what will be discussed, but teacher vaccinations are a possibility.

Currently, only seniors, healthcare workers, and first responders are eligible for the vaccine as part of Phase 1a. Teachers and many other groups, including critical infrastructure employees, are in Phase 1b.

An effort to get teachers moved up in the vaccination cycle easily passed through the Senate but has stalled in the House, and it’s uncertain if it will actually get approved in that chamber.

Spearman said earlier last month she now supports moving all districts to five-day a week, in-person instruction. She pointed to recent studies and comments by the CDC director that state that schools do not have to require vaccinations for teachers to reopen safely. She said evidence shows schools are not the superspreader situations they were feared to be last summer.

There are an estimated 70,000 teachers in South Carolina. A survey by the South Carolina Department of Education found about 58 percent of them want to take the vaccine.

FULL STORY: https://www.wcnc.com/article/news/health/coronavirus/vaccine/sc-governor-schools-vaccination-plan-update/101-07bc6e27-b679-4864-b5c1-c54d2321a2d5

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