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Columbia, South Carolina (WSPA) — The Department of Health and Environment Management, South Carolina (DHEC) will begin using a per capita model in the new region next week to allocate doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Nick Davidson, Senior Adjutant for Public Health, unveiled a new model at the DHEC Board meeting Thursday.
He said the new distribution model also takes into account vulnerabilities. He said this would keep things fair.
This change was required by state law when lawmakers passed the Vaccine Relief Funding Act last month.
Some of the factors that DHEC considers when deciding where to allocate vaccines are the proportion of populations in more than 55 regions, the proportion of minority populations, the proportion of high-risk populations, the poverty rate, and two weeks. Incidence, and unvaccinated population.
Davidson said: “The last two factors are the ones that are most likely to change the fastest. We need to respond quickly. In our model, they have a little more weight.”
This model is currently based on 115,490 doses of Pfizer and Modern vaccines that South Carolina receives weekly from the federal government.
It is categorized as follows:
- Low country: 29,733
- Midland: 31,817
- Speedy: 21,504
- Northern: 26,661
“The percentage allocated from this region cannot fluctuate more than 5% from the per capita quota within the community,” said Davidson.
He also added that the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine is not yet included in those numbers. Davidson said this was due to the state receiving small supplies of these doses over the next few weeks.
DHEC also announced that the hospital will begin vaccination with the set basic dose next week. Future weeks will not be lower than that base amount. Dr. Edward Shimmer, director of DHEC, said this would reduce the number of hospitals that had to cancel reservations.
State health authorities will also set up advisory panels called CARE panels in each of the four regions. Members of these panels will update the DHEC with gaps and issues occurring in their area.
According to Davidson, South Carolina has been receiving 1.3 million vaccines since mid-December.
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