COLUMBIA, SC The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) and the South Carolina Department of Education join forces to create and promote vaccine awareness and immunization opportunities for parents, students and staff for the 2021-2022 school year.
Across South Carolina, we are seeing a dramatic increase in the number of new cases of COVID-19, and the schools and activities around them will provide even more exposure opportunities for our children. The best way to protect the health of our children and loved ones is to get vaccinated, especially children 12-19 years old who will be in close contact with each other.
The DHEC and CDC also recommend that children and adults wear a mask in indoor public spaces, including schools, even if they are fully immunized. There is additional advice on the CDC website for families with vaccinated and unvaccinated members.
Immunization events are organized and scheduled statewide, with a focus on back-to-school events and high school sports. So far, 14 such events have taken place, including seven in schools, and a total of 395 doses have been administered. To find a local vaccine supplier near you, go to scdhec.gov/vaxlocator.
“Immunizing eligible children is a public health priority as we begin a new school year,” said Dr Edward Simmer, director of DHEC. “The COVID delta variant that we are tracking now is very contagious, and the best way to prevent your child or loved one from getting sick or requiring hospitalization is to get fully immunized and wear a mask inside. school. “
DHEC and SC’s Department of Education are committed to you and the health, well-being and success of your child. To better enable parents, students and staff to keep up with new school-related cases, starting August 10, we will resume updating the “staff and student cases” page on our website. We also recently updated our COVID-19 Vaccines for Children 12 and Older webpage.
“South Carolina students and educators deserve to teach and learn in a safe environment,” said Molly Spearman, state superintendent of education. “Getting vaccinated, wearing a face mask and following the appropriate mitigation strategies will allow us to have the most uninterrupted and normal school year possible.”
DHEC’s official COVID-19 safety guidelines for the 2021-22 school year are available on our website, which recommends universal masking inside schools and other safety measures. The masks are safe, do not interfere with learning, and have not been a barrier to socializing.
For parents looking for specific information on COVID-19 vaccines, the reputable resources below can help with a family’s decision-making process.
The Science Behind the COVID-19 Vaccine: FAQs for Parents (American Academy of Pediatrics); Also available in Spanish
COVID-19 vaccines for children and adolescents (CDC)
COVID-19 Vaccines for Children 12 Years and Older (DHEC)
VACCINATION CLINICS IN CHEROKEE COUNTY
Friday August 13 GHS stadium,
BHS stadium from 5 p.m.
Posted by The Gaffney Ledger on Aug 9, 2021.