COVID-19 VACCINE INFORMATION:
The information provided below has been updated Monday, March 8, 2021.
Availability of the COVID-19 vaccine to the general public: Per Governor Henry McMaster, South Carolina will enter Phase 1b of the COVID vaccine roll-out today - Monday, March 8, 2021. This means that the eligibility requirements to receive the COVID-19 vaccine have been updated to include more of the general public.
WHO QUALIFIES TO RECEIVE THE COVID-19 VACCINE:
If you meet any of the following, you are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine under Phase 1b:
- You are 55 years of age or older
- If you have a developmental or other severe high-risk disability that predisposes you to developing a severe case of COVID-19 or increases the risk of death from COVID-19 and you are old enough to receive one of the three COVID-19 vaccines available
- If you are 16-54 years of age with one or more of the following medical conditions:
* Active cancer (cancer history does not count)
* CKD, any stage
* Types 1 or 2 diabetes
* Chronic lung disease
* Down Syndrome
* Heart Disease (CHF, CAD, PAH, cardiomyopathy)
* Sickle cell disease
* Obesity (BMI must be over 30)
* Solid organ transplant
- If you are a front line worker working at your place of business (not working remotely) and come into close contact (closer than 6 feet and for longer than 15 minutes) with others. For example: if you work in a school, daycare, manufacturing, grocery store, law enforcement, etc
- - If you are at increased risk in settings where people live or work in close contact. For example: if you are a resident or worker at a group home, homeless shelter, community training home, worker and/or resident of correctional / immigration detention facility, State and local correction facility staff with direct inmate contact, or migrant farm worker living in shared housing/reliant on shared transportation.
- - If you were eligible to receive the vaccine during Phase 1a (if you are 65 years or older or if you are a healthcare worker) and were not previously vaccinated.
WILL YOU BE REQUIRED TO SHOW PROOF OF ELIGIBLE MEDICAL CONDITIONS TO RECEIVE THE VACCINE?You may. COVID-19 vaccines are now available through several organizations throughout South Carolina. Some organizations may ask that you bring proof of your medical condition(s) in order to receive your COVID-19 vaccine. If you are needing proof from your primary care provider of your medical condition(s), you have a few options. If you would like to request or access your proof of eligible medical conditions, please click here ---> CovidOptionsSheet.pdf to view your two options.
WHAT ARE YOUR OPTIONS TO SCHEDULE A COVID-19 VACCINE APPOINTMENT?
Patients who are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, currently have three options to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment:
Schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment through your local hospital.
Go to SC DHEC website: scdhec.gov/vaxlocator and find a location accepting COVID-19 vaccine appointments. Contact information is listed for each individual location. Call the location directly to schedule an appointment.
Call DHEC's Care Line at 1-855-472-3432 for help finding a location that is accepting COVID-19 vaccine appointments. High call volume is expected. Please note that DHEC's Care Line is not able to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment for you, they are only able to provide you location information for offcies that are scheduling these appointments.
COVID-19 TEST INFORMATION:
We are currently offering the following tests to our patients & the general public:
- ID NOW ™ COVID-19 MOLECULAR TEST
- - COVID-19 IgG ANTIBODY TEST
To schedule an appointment for either of these COVID-19 tests:
- If you are an established patient of Palmetto Primary Care Physicians: Call your medical providers office directly to schedule a telemedicine appointment. They will gladly place the order for either the ID NOW™ COVID-19 MOLECULAR TEST or the COVID-19 IgG ANTIBODY TEST during your telemedicine appointment. You will be given an appointment date and time to have your specimen collected for the appropriate test. Your specimen will be collected at your specified appointment date and time at the nearest available testing site to you.
- If you are NOT an established patient of Palmetto Primary Care Physicians: Call one of the following three offices to schedule a telemedicine appointment:
- Lowcountry area: (843) 302-8840 Midlands area: (803) 732-4001 Grand Strand area: (843) 651-4111
- They will gladly place the order for either the ID NOW™ COVID-19 MOLECULAR TEST or the COVID-19 IgG ANTIBODY TEST during your telemedicine appointment. You will be given an appointment date and time to have your specimen collected for the appropriate test. Your specimen will be collected at your specified appointment date and time at the nearest available testing site to you.
To learn more about the molecular & antibody tests that we are offering, please click on the links below.
ID NOW ™ COVID-19 MOLECULAR TEST
COVID-19 IgG ANTIBODY TEST