Vaccination rates of Horry, Georgetown residents among top four statewide

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The Tidelands Health Newsroom

Published on March 12, 2021

Vaccination rates of Horry, Georgetown residents among top four statewide

Tidelands Health’s consistent and efficient distribution of COVID-19 vaccine has helped propel Horry and Georgetown counties into the top four counties statewide for vaccination rate of residents.

Horry County ranks second statewide in vaccination rate based on population, with more than 71,670 of the county’s 281,915 residents ages 15 and older receiving the vaccine, according to data from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. Georgetown County ranks fourth, with more than 13,000 of the county’s 52,625 residents 15 and older already vaccinated.

A clinician administers a COVID-19 vaccine shot at a Tidelands Health clinic in Murrells Inlet.Tidelands Health has administered nearly 36,000 doses of vaccine to date – more than any other provider in Georgetown and Horry counties.

“The number of residents in our area who have already been vaccinated is encouraging,” said Gayle Resetar, chief operating officer at Tidelands Health. “That means those in our community with the highest risk of being exposed to COVID-19 or getting severely ill from the virus are receiving the lifesaving protection they need.

“We’re proud of this great start, but we know there are many, many more people in our region who are awaiting a vaccine. We won’t let up until everyone who wants a vaccine has received it.”

This week, Tidelands Health is on track to set another record in weekly vaccine distribution by administering 7,500 first and second doses at the health system’s two regional vaccination sites in Georgetown and Horry counties.

“Our vaccination sites have been wonderfully busy the past two weeks thanks to an increased supply of vaccine from the government,” Resetar said. “We are grateful to receive these shipments and are getting doses in arms of eligible recipients quickly, safely and efficiently.

“Our regional vaccination sites are fully staffed and can administer thousands of doses every week, and we are hopeful we’ll continue to receive a strong supply of vaccine.”

This week, Tidelands Health launched a new scheduling process to streamline appointment booking. Eligible individuals may choose to schedule an appointment online at tidelandshealth.org/vaccine/ or by calling 1-888-567-3144 to schedule by phone. Individuals are no longer placed on a waitlist.

Tidelands Health rolled out the new scheduling tools as South Carolina moved into Phase 1b of its vaccine distribution plan Monday. An estimated 220,000 people along the Grand Strand are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Phase 1b, including those ages 55 and older, individuals with high-risk medical conditions, front-line workers with increased occupational risk and others. Check the full list of those eligible in Phase 1b here.

Limited appointments remain available for next week at this time.

“It’s exciting to see so many people in our region receiving the vaccine,” Resetar said, “but we know our work is just beginning. We thank our community members for their patience and understanding as we work as quickly as supply will allow to administer vaccine and work toward a return to our pre-pandemic way of life.”

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Tidelands Health is the region’s largest health care provider and MUSC Health affiliate, serving the Carolinas at four hospitals and more than 60 outpatient locations. More than 2,500 employee, physician and volunteer partners work side by side with our communities to transform the health of our region – promoting wellness, preventing illness, encouraging recovery and restoring health.