01/19/2021

We have launched an online form to make it easier for individuals to request a vaccination appointment. Please click here to visit our Vaccine Request Form.


01/15/2021

We experienced very large call volumes at our COVID-19 vaccination line, 725-3555, yesterday. We had 39 team members answering the phone line and we had an on-hold message and a call queue system in place from 9AM to Noon. There were many successful calls, and we did fill all the available 1,500 vaccination appointments by Noon. But, frequently throughout the morning there were more simultaneous calls than the phone switch could handle. We've heard from individuals who's call failed to connect or received a busy signal. We apologize for this, and we are working very hard to improve our process and plan to add additional methods to schedule a vaccine. We hope to be announcing an online form option in the coming days. We're sorry for any inconvenience or frustration callers experienced today. We have requested thousands of additional vaccine doses for our community and as we receive them we will open up more appointments as soon as possible.


01/12/2021

70+ Vaccination Program

We at Self Regional Healthcare are excited to meet the recent challenge set by Governor Henry McMaster and SCDHEC to accelerate the distribution of COVID-19 vaccinations. At the same time, like every hospital in the state, we must carefully manage a limited supply of vaccine to the communities we serve. We receive a limited allotment of vaccine doses from SCDHEC regularly (approximately 1,500 per week), and are committed to distributing those doses as equitably, efficiently, and rapidly as possible.

In order to quickly act on the Governor’s directive, we are launching the following vaccination program this week. Please note that some aspects of the program may change in coming weeks, based on the availability of vaccine, or new directives from Federal or State authorities.

Beginning Thursday, January 14 we will be making vaccination appointments on Thursdays only, for the following week. Appointments will be made by calling (864) 725-3555 from 9:00 AM until Noon. Appointments will be first come, first served and limited to 1,500. (In coming weeks, this number may increase or decrease based on vaccine availability.) Also, we will limit 2 vaccine appointments per call.

To qualify for a COVID vaccination appointment at Self Regional at this time you must be 70 years old or older or, you must be a healthcare worker or first responder (Group 1A).

(864) 725-3555 will only be answered on Thursdays from 9:00 AM until Noon, so we expect this phone line to be very busy on those days. We ask in advance for your patience and cooperation.

01/11/2021

Gov. Henry McMaster and SCDHEC announced today, January 11, that South Carolina residents 70-years-old and older can begin scheduling their appointment to get a COVID-19 vaccine starting Wednesday, January 13. This is an acceleration of the vaccine rollout plan previously announced by the state, which had which had those 75-years-old and older waiting until after January 18 before they could begin scheduling vaccinations. It also significantly increases the urgency for healthcare workers to get their vaccinations as soon as possible, before this large cohort of those 75-years-old and older (numbering in the tens-of-thousands) starts queuing up for vaccination. Based on this new announcement from the governor, Self Regional is adjusting its guidance to those Healthcare Workers and first responders in Group 1A: we now strongly recommend that you act immediately and get your first dose of COVID-19 vaccine by end-of-day, Friday, January 15. Otherwise, you will lose your prioritized place in line.

We will update this page in the next few days when we have more information about exactly how those 70+ year olds will schedule their appointment for vaccination at SRH.

If you are an eligible Phase 1a vaccine recipient in the community (not employed by Self Regional Healthcare), and you have not yet started the vaccination process, your employer should immediately do the following:

Email your salutation, first name, middle name, last name, email address, phone number, health organization and title to covidvaccineinfo@selfregional.org.

After a vetting process, we will upload your information to the CDC’s VAMS website. You will then receive an email invitation to register and schedule your vaccination.

We also have staff at our vaccination site (104 Wells Ave.) to help 1A walk-ins get registered and vaccinated. But, please note: if you have already received your first dose, please do not come the SSC vaccination site as a walk-in prior to the 2nd dose date on your vaccination card (or your appointment date in VAMS.) We cannot administer 2nd doses less than 17 days after your first dose. We appreciate your cooperation.

Thank you for your service to our community and thank you for taking the steps with us to get as many people vaccinated as possible and put COVID-19 behind us.

01/08/2021

Currently, at Self Regional Healthcare we are administering COVID-19 vaccinations to individuals who are designated as group: 1A. 1A individuals in our service area (Greenwood, Laurens, Saluda, Abbeville, Edgefield, McCormick and Newberry counties) are the following:

  • Front-line physicians, nurses and other team members
  • All hospital staff and independent physician practices
  • Community first responders such as EMTs and firefighters
  • Staff at Federally Qualified Health Centers and free medical clinics
  • School nurses
  • Pharmacists
  • Dentists and oral surgeons
  • Funeral home personnel

Most of these individuals in our service area have received an email from the CDC inviting them to register at https://vams.cdc.gov/, the Vaccine Administration Management System website (VAMS), and schedule their vaccination at Self Regional Healthcare.

If you fall into one of the categories above (group 1A) and have already scheduled your appointment or received your vaccine, congratulations! If you have NOT done so yet, we have a very urgent and important update for you below.

Governor McMaster announced in his address on Tuesday, 01/05/2021, that the state now has set a hard deadline to help speed up the transition from 1A to 1B. Those individuals in group 1A must either be vaccinated or be registered for a vaccination appointment before January 15, 2021 in order to receive priority access to early vaccination. The governor put it this way, “It’s like boarding an airplane. When they call your rows, if you don’t get on the plane, you go to the back of the line.”

Perhaps as early as January 18, Self Regional Healthcare will open up its vaccination schedules to individuals who fall into category 1B (other essential workers in Education, Food & Agriculture, Utilities, individuals 75+ years of age, etc.)

What does this mean for individuals in Group 1A? The 1B group contains thousands of individuals in our seven-county service area. If you, as a 1A individual, don’t schedule your vaccination before January 15, you miss the opportunity to get in ahead of this much larger group. If you haven’t scheduled or gotten your vaccination yet, please consider doing so NOW.

If you are an eligible Phase 1a vaccine recipient in the community (not employed by Self Regional Healthcare), and you have not yet started the vaccination process, your employer should immediately do the following:

Email your salutation, first name, middle name, last name, email address, phone number, health organization and title to covidvaccineinfo@selfregional.org.

After a vetting process, we will upload your information to the CDC’s VAMS website. You will then receive an email invitation to register and schedule your vaccination.

We also have staff at our vaccination site (104 Wells Ave.) to help 1A walk-ins get registered and vaccinated. But, please note: if you have already received your first dose, please do not come the SSC vaccination site as a walk-in prior to the 2nd dose date on your vaccination card (or your appointment date in VAMS.) We cannot administer 2nd doses less than 17 days after your first dose. We appreciate your cooperation.

Thank you for your service to our community and thank you for taking the steps with us to get as many people vaccinated as possible and put COVID-19 behind us.

Sincerely,
The Self Regional Healthcare COVID-19 Vaccination Team