You might be eligible for a vaccine, but if you don't have an appointment yet, the fact that you're allowed to get one doesn't mean the process will be easy.
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As South Carolina prepares to more than triple the number of people in the state eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, one Upstate health system said it has been unable to meet the demand for group 1A.
Amid an anxious push to get help to some of the state's most vulnerable people, Roper St. Francis Healthcare opened a coronavirus vaccine drive-thru Wednesday next to the North Charleston Coliseum.
Gov. Henry McMaster issued an ultimatum Tuesday to speed up the vaccination process: For anyone eligible in Phase 1A who hasn't either gotten a shot or made an appointment to get one by Jan. 15, "you'll have to go to the back of the line."
In Spartanburg County, more than 93 percent of hospital beds were occupied as of late Monday night, according to the state Department of Health and Environmental Control. With Christmas on the horizon, experts worry indoor gatherings will only make matters worse.
At least one Upstate hospital said it expects to receive doses of the COVID-19 vaccine this week. Others were not yet ready to provide information about the rollout.
Research leaders said it may be patients' only shot at getting the vaccine ahead of its government approval, if they're willing to take on the time commitment and limited risks.