South Carolina officially lowered its age requirement for COVID-19 vaccinations Monday, allowing all adults 65 and older, regardless of health conditions or living situation, to schedule appointments for their shot.
There is a limited supply of available vaccines, which will limit the number of appointments made. These new appointments come less than a week after Gov. Henry McMaster said teachers won’t be moved up the priority list for vaccines. McMaster and state superintendent Molly Spearman both said they support reopening schools as soon as possible for in-person learning on a five days per week basis.
“Expanding vaccine access to those 65 and older is an essential step in our plan for saving lives,” said Dr. Michael Kacka with DHEC.
In an interview with WCNC Charlotte’s sister station in Columbia, WLTX, McMaster said holding off on vaccinating teachers was the ethical thing to do. The governor said seniors are dying at a higher rate and should be given priority over all other groups of the general population.