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More than 90% of South Carolina COVID-19 cases, deaths in June were among the unvaccinated, DHEC says

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The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control said a recent analysis showed the overwhelming number of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths in the first two weeks of June were among residents who were not fully vaccinated.

Here is the data DHEC provided:

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From June 1-30:

  • 5,344 cases were reported
    • Of those where vaccine status was able to be determined (n=3312), 3079 (93%) were considered not fully vaccinated.
  • 243 COVID-related hospitalizations were reported
    • Of those where vaccine status was able to be determined (n=167), 143 (86%) were considered not fully vaccinated.
  • 39 COVID-related deaths were reported
    • Of those where vaccine status was able to be determined (n=21), 19 (90%) were considered not fully vaccinated.

“This data is further proof that vaccinations save lives,” said Dr. Brannon Traxler, DHEC Public Health Director. “We can’t stress this enough: eligible residents should protect themselves and their loved ones by getting fully vaccinated. Full vaccination is achieved two weeks after a person gets their second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or the single-shot of Janssen. That two-week period is significant because it allows the vaccine to reach full efficacy, giving an individual the best chance to stave off the virus and its impacts if a breakthrough case occurs.”

Additionally, DHEC said South Carolina has had 542 breakthrough cases to date.

While people who have been fully vaccinated can get COVID-19 infection, the illness is much less severe, DHEC said.

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Vaccines are available for ages 12 and up.

Visit DHEC’s information page for more information on the vaccines, and the locator page to schedule a vaccine appointment. appointment.

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