Sumter Today: The state public health department with Gov. McMaster today announced COVID-19 vaccines are opening up to anyone aged 65 or older.


Starting Monday, those aged 65 through 69 will be added to phase 1a and will be allowed to schedule appointments where there are slots open.

The first round of eligibility opened to health care workers and long-term care facility residents and staff at the end of December, and it opened to those aged 70 and up in mid-January.

According to DHEC data and a media briefing on Wednesday afternoon, South Carolina has received more than 777,000 vaccine doses, has used nearly 440,000 doses and has scheduled nearly 383,000 appointments.