Lack of Vaccinations Making It Difficult for Local Hospitals

January 25, 2021

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Lack of Vaccinations Making It Difficult for Local HospitalsAccording to an ABC News 4 article, written by Eli Brand, titled "Lowcountry Health Care Systems Say They Will Work to Meet Vaccination Needs" local hospitals have been denied a request to receive more vaccines but will continue to serve the Lowcountry as needed. Last Friday, January 15th, the Department of Health and Environment Control (DHEC) told South Carolina hospitals they would only receive 60,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine beginning this week.

As the distribution is a DHEC issue, Roper St. Francis tells ABC New 4 how he is unsure how this process will affect vaccinating the public. Other hospitals like Trident Health received the short end of the stick as they have been informed the state will no longer be providing them vaccination deliveries. When the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) was asked how this will affect the ability to vaccinate, they declined to comment.

To speed up vaccinations, Governor Henry McMaster requests hospitals a "voluntary reduction in elective and non-essential procedures".

Trident Health says that they will not suspend elective surgeries and Dr. Chris McLain, Chief Physician Officer, said "There's a medical need for these procedures no matter what they are. So, that's the reason that we can't just go into thinking about closing elective procedures or surgeries and think that there is no downside to that."

Make sure you read the full article by clicking here or with the link provided above: Lowcountry Health Care Systems Say They Will Work to Meet Vaccination Needs.


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