By HEATHER WALTERS
The number of Colleton County residents who are receiving the COVID-19 vaccine is increasing.
As of Monday, March 24, there are 9,722 Colleton residents who have completed the full two-dose vaccine against the respiratory virus. About 3,814 Colleton residents only have one dose and are still waiting to complete the vaccination process, according to the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC).
In all, there 32,259 people living in Colleton County who are eligible for the vaccine. This is all residents who are age 12 or older.
Compared to neighboring Charleston County, 164,089 of their residents are fully vaccinated, with 5,689 additional Charleston County residents having received only one dose. In all, 345,384 people living in Charleston County are eligible to receive the vaccine.
In Dorchester County, 45,677 of the county’s 132,800 eligible residents are fully vaccinated, with an additional 4,232 having received one dose of the vaccine.
In Beaufort County, 65,765 of the county’s 162,387 eligible residents are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19, with an additional 5,090 of the county’s residents having received one dose of a vaccine.
The majority of all residents statewide who are receiving the vaccine is women, according to DHEC. This is also true in Colleton County: 54.2 percent of those vaccinated in Colleton are women.
In all, state DHEC officials are estimating that about 43.7 percent of all South Carolina residents have had at least one vaccine. Additionally, nearly 36 percent of our state’s eligible residents are now fully vaccinated against the virus.
There are approzimately192 new confirmed cases within the last week of COVID-19 in South Carolina, bringing the grand total of COVID-19 cases in the Palmetto State to 490,380.
There have been 8,528 confirmed COVID-19 deaths, according to the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control.
Colleton County Vaccination Clinics
There are ongoing vaccination clinics being held in Colleton County, including ones at Lowcountry Urgent Care in Walterboro; CVS in Walterboro; Walterboro Family Care; and at Wal-Mart in Walterboro.
There will also be a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Green Pond Fire Station (503 Fire Station Road, Green Pond, SC 29446) on June 5, 2021, from 9:00 AM until 1:00 PM.
“They will be giving the Pfizer vaccine. There is no pre-registration required, and the vaccine will be given on a first-come, first-served basis,” said Meagan Utsey, administrative services director for Colleton County.
For more information on vaccination clinics, visit the county’s Web site at www.colletoncounty.org/coronavirus.