Who in K-12 schools qualifies for the vaccine in Phase 1a? This includes school nurses, physical and occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists and audiologists, and athletic trainers (only those assisting with school-based COVID-19 testing) who are working face to face with students. It is important to note that just because someone has an eligible title does not mean they are in Phase 1a. Employers are encouraged to submit names of qualifying employees to area hospitals. DHEC suggests employers provide eligible employees with a letter stating their eligibility.
Must you be vaccinated in the county you work in? No, those identified as eligible in Phase 1a can follow the instructions to find a hospital in a neighboring county that is offering appointments. We have clarified with the SCHA that hospitals are allowed to offer vaccination to anyone in the appropriate phase regardless of their county of residency.
Individuals in Phase 1a who want to be vaccinated should contact their local hospitals to request and schedule an appointment no later than Jan. 15, 2021. Employers are also encouraged to reach out to their local hospitals as soon as possible, and no later than Jan. 15, 2021, with a list of names and contact information of employees who want to be vaccinated.
Will substitute teachers be included in Phase 1b along with educators and school support staff? Yes, substitute teachers will be included in Phase 1b.