March 27, 2031
COVAX open to 16 and older
All people 16 years of age and older in South Carolina are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine beginning March 31, according to a March 26 statement by S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster. Scheduling inoculations for that population cohort begins the same day. However, only the Pfizer vaccine has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for 16 and older, while the Pfizer, Moderna and Janssen vaccines are available for people 18 and older.
“Our priority with the vaccine has been to save the lives of those at the greatest risk of dying. By staying the course and resisting distractions, we’ve expanded South Carolinians’ access and eligibility for vaccinations faster than originally anticipated,” said McMaster. “Thanks to the tremendous efforts of our state’s health care professionals, we are now able to make the vaccine available to anyone who wants it, and to do so ahead of schedule.”