SPARTANBURG, SC (WSPA) – The South Carolina Department of Education is partnering with the Department of Health and other local resource centers to provide vaccine information and immunization opportunities for parents, students and staff before the next school year.
In a recent press release from DHEC, cases of COVID-19 in Palmetto state are on the rise. This comes just a few weeks before the children return to school, which will increase their exposure.
The Education Department is working to stop the spread by organizing various immunization clinics across the state to increase accessibility.
“We want to make sure that every eligible person has access to a photo if they want to,” said Ryan Brown, communications director for the South Carolina Department of Education. “And that parents and the community have access to correct factual information regarding COVID-19 and vaccinations. “
Brown said the initiative has so far been very successful.
The DHEC statement added, “Vaccination events are being 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. “
Right now, Brown believes misinformation and accessibility are among the biggest hurdles the department faces.
“Of course, health advice continues to change, so it is important to ensure that people have the most up-to-date public health advice, especially when it comes to schools and school operations, so to ensure a safe learning environment for students, parents and educators throughout the school year, ”said Brown.
Jami Wood Emory of the Children’s Museum of the Upstate said their mission is to be that type of provider.
“We’re a huge community resource, not just a fun place for kids to play, but we really focus on informal education through play,” said Wood Emory.
Amanda Mathis takes her three children to the museum for this reason.
She said she was preparing for them to resume the face-to-face learning, and add until they are eligible to receive the vaccine.– they will listen to advice from the Centers for Disease Control.
“We plan to hide our children,” Mathis said. “I think that’s what the CDC is suggesting and I think as someone who’s already vaccinated… It’s just being a good neighbor and loving your neighbor.”
It’s another recommendation from the state’s health department regarding safety measures, but health officials say vaccinating eligible people is the best way to protect the health of children and loved ones.
According to DHEC, here are the next vaccination clinics taking place in the upstate:
- Saturday August 7th 10 am-2pm, Back to Life-Mauldin event, 204 Hyde Circle, Mauldin
- Saturday August 7 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., St. Matthews Episcopal Church, 101 St. Matthews Lane, Spartanburg
- Saturday August 7 9 am-12pm, Dorman High School, 1050 Cavalier Way, Roebuck
- Monday August 9, Wednesday August 11 to Friday August 13, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Anderson County Department of Health, 220 McGee Road, Anderson
- Monday August 9, Wednesday August 11 to Friday August 13, 8:30 am-5pm, Cherokee County Department of Health, 400 Logan Street South, Gaffney
- Monday August 9, Wednesday August 11 to Friday August 13, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Greenville County Health Unit, 200 University Ridge, Greenville
- Monday August 9, Wednesday August 11 to Friday August 13, 8:30 am-5pm, Buck Mickel Center (across from Greenville University Center), 216 South Pleasantburg Drive, Greenville
- From Monday August 9 to Friday August 13, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Piedmont Tech, 343 North Emerald Road (next to Cardiology Tech), Greenwood
- Monday August 9, Wednesday August 11 to Friday August 13, 8:30 am-5pm, Greenwood County Health Unit, 1736 Main Street South, Greenwood
- Monday August 9, Wednesday August 11 to Friday August 13, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Laurens County Department of Health, 93 Social Services Road, Clinton
- Monday August 9 and Wednesday August 11 8:30 am-5pm, McCormick County Department of Health, 204 Highway 28 South, McCormick
- Monday August 9, Wednesday August 11 to Friday August 13, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Shaver Recreation Complex, 698 West South 4e Street, Seneca
- Monday August 9, Wednesday August 11 to Friday August 13, 8:30 am-5pm, Oconee County Department of Health, 609 Townville Street, Seneca
- Monday August 9, Wednesday August 11 to Friday August 13, 8:30 am-5pm, Pickens County Health Unit, 200 McDaniel Ave, Pickens
- From Monday August 9 to Friday August 13, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) Northside, 220 College Street, Spartanburg
- Monday August 9, Wednesday August 11 to Friday August 13, 8:30 am-5pm, Spartanburg County Health Unit, 151 East Wood Street, Spartanburg
- Monday August 9, Thursday August 11 and Friday August 13, 9:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m., Union leisure center, 111 Thomas Street, Union
- From Tuesday August 10 to Thursday August 12 from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm, Broad River Electric Cooperative, 811 Hamrick Street, Gaffney
COVID-19 vaccines are free. You will not pay any deductibles, coinsurance or co-payments. Walk-ins are welcome or make an appointment for a DHEC clinic by clicking here or call 866-365-8110.
To learn more about DHEC’s official COVID-19 safety guidelines for the 2021-22 school year, click here.